You may be dealing with a cramped galley kitchen right now, but that lack of counter space isn’t forever. Someday you’ll have room for a toaster and a coffee maker and be able to spread out with your very own kitchen island—the MVP of the home. From cooking prep to casual dining to storage, these workhorses do it all (and add an architectural focal point).

So it’s no wonder that more and more renovations include the addition of a kitchen island.Find inspiration for your future remodeling projection these kitchens by top architects and designers. Whether you dream of creating a spot for nightly homework, gourmet meals, or morning coffee, a practical and beautiful island will be the most used area in the house.

Add Seating

In the kitchen of designer Ray Booth and television executive John Shea’s Nashville, Tennessee, home, Roman Thomas pendant lights are installed above the Booth-designed island, Ann Sacks tile was used for the backsplash, the sink fittings are by Kohler, and the stools are by BDDW.

Install a Waterfall Island

Painted in a Benjamin Moore white, the kitchen of a Nova Scotia home designed by Alexander Gorlin is centered by an island clad in Caesarstone; the stools are by Gus Modern.

Mix Marble and Metal

The kitchen of Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent’s former New York apartment is outfitted with cabinetry and butcher-block countertops by Fanuka; the island is clad in unlacquered brass and topped with Breccia Imperiale marble from Artistic Tile.

The marble shelves rest on brackets from Liz’s Antique Hardware; the subway tile is from Home Depot, the painting of Saint Peter is an 18th-century work from Peru, and the barstools are vintage American.

Make an Impact with Mirrored Surfaces

The symphony of reflective surfaces in the kitchen of a Manhattan penthouse by Jean-Louis Deniot includes the polished stainless-steel panels on the Deniot-designed island, a Guy de Rougemont free-form chrome-top table, and metallic wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries; the circular artwork is by Astrid Krogh, and the vintage swivel chairs are by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and Charlotte Perriand.

You can handle a narrow and parallel kitchen, but the lack of storage is not eternal. One day you will have a toaster and a coffee maker and you can expand with your own kitchen island, MVP of the house. From preparation to casual dining to storage, these workhorses make everything (and give it an architectural touch).

No wonder, with more and more renovations, a kitchen island is added. Be inspired by the best architects and designs for your future renovation project in these kitchens. Whether you dream of creating a place to do tasks, gourmet food or coffee in the morning, a comfortable and beautiful island is the most used area in the house.

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