Designed by: Viola Park
Small kitchen dwellers, take note—a freestanding kitchen island is a great way to inject personality and practical style into a kitchen without spending a fortune. And here at Cultivate, we're big fans of this design trick.
Take this Alabama kitchen—it's interior designer owner employs a worn antique worktable in the kitchen's center, which, not surprisingly, inspired the entire remodel. Or this table, which is made of old pine planks salvaged from a Vermont barn floor. It looks stately in this large kitchen, which, I might add, has more than enough room for a traditional, built-in island.
There are plenty of style options when it comes to freestanding kitchen islands too. From modern to French-inspired—and a few styles in between—here are five mobile island buys we're loving right now.
Photo #1: Split Decision
This stylish island is made of rift cut oakland pigmented lacquer with a corian work surface. Want a different style? Make your own with the company's "Island Program," which lets you customize a design all of your own, ranging in price from $5,000 to $12,000, depending on size and configuration.
Photo #2: Pardon my French
Inspired by a French chateau kitchen, this double-sided worktable by Williams-Sonoma Home features a slide-out side table for extra work space, a wine rack (holds 12 bottles), and a removable maple cutting board. Not to mention that it's hand built from solid mahogany and undeniably gorgeous.
Photo #3: Rustic Revival
For an extra (extra!) small kitchen, this tiny island is only 54 inches wide and a little more than two feet deep. It's made of reclaimed tobacco drying racks and vintage tin wall paneling (plus an oiled butcher block top) and is an easy way to add one-of-a-kind charm to a cook space. Already have a main island? Use this as a second prep area along a wall in an open kitchen.
Photo #4: Rolling Stone
Handcrafted in the style of an antique French utility table, this island combines a distressed reclaimed-pine base with a natural stone top that's ideal for pastry rolling. Four built-in drawers and removable baskets on each side help keep prep items handy. And the best part? It rests on locking caster wheels, so you can easily move the island (say, for a pastry-making party) on a whim.
Photo #5: Minimalist Marvel
News alert! Henrybuilt, a company known for their sophisticated design and impeccable craftsmanship, is launching a new line of stand-alone islands, like the white and wood island featured above, which boasts a sleek silhouette and clean, modern details.
Customized for each client; contact Henrybuilt for details.