15 Ways To Upgrade Your Kitchen Island

Yes. There are that many things you can do with them.

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Everybody dreams of the extra counter space a kitchen island gives you, but if you're just wheeling one into the center of your room, you're seriously underutilizing it. These cool ideas update the trend, making it more than just another tabletop to chop veggies or stack your mail (we're all guilty of that one).

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Try A Table

If you're cramped for space, forgo a traditional island altogether and use a small table. It'll give you workspace and dining space all in one.

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White Lacquer Table, $270, wayfair.com

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Use It As A Room Separator

Back up a couch or chairs to your island for a separate dining area that's in the kitchen without actually being in the kitchen, if you catch our drift.

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Upholstered Banquette Bench, $253, wayfair.com

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Turn It Into A Breakfast Nook

If you don't have the space for a proper breakfast nook, let your island serve double duty. All you need is a row of bar stools.

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Modern Farmhouse Bar Stools, $250, wayfair.com

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blue shutters
Annie Schlechter
Go Dark & Neutral

If you've got a bold backsplash or lots of color in your kitchen, paint your island a dark neutral, like this medium grey, to even things out.

More: The 35 Best Ideas for Your Most Organized Kitchen Ever

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glass topped kitchen island
JOSHUA MCHUGH
Repurpose

A pair of architect's drafting tables, found at a thrift store and modified with a glass top, now serve as an island in this New York kitchen. Genius? We think so.

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butcher block and marble kitchen island
JOHN M. HALL
Design Practically

This butchers-block-and-marble island is the kitchen MVP: It's loaded with lots of cabinets, a sink, and dishwasher, so you can get ish done.

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Turn Bookcases Into An Island

This hack turns three IKEA standing shelves into a rustic, modern farmhouse-inspired island.

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kitchen island with custom trim
VICTORIA PEARSON
Use Trim

This island kitchen used scalloped trim to give it a vintage, laid-back-beach-house vibe.

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Go Distressed

If you want a brand new piece to look vintage, scratch and sand your island's top, then stain it.

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pink and purple striped kitchen rug
Victoria Pearson
Use Bold Color

If your kitchen is all white, you can afford to play around with color a bit.

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Francesco Lagnese
Install A Towel Bar

This easy add-on gives you room to hang kitchen towels and other necessities.

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Alec Hemer
Paint On A Chalkboard

Let everyone know what the weekend brunch menu is — and don't worry about your kids drawing on the walls.

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walnut top island
Lisa Romerein
Incorporate Bookshelves

Now you finally have a place to store all those cookbooks.

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Tara Striano
Think Slim

No space? No problem. In this 400-square-foot apartment, s console-style wood table acts as both a kitchen island, breakfast bar, and work space.

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bamboo kitchen island
ELLEN MCDERMOTT
Use It To Free Up Even MORE Counter Space

A built-in microwave makes the appliance less of an eyesore in the kitchen — and gives you more room to get your Barefoot Contessa on.

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