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Kitchen Island Decorating Ideas

Offering additional storage as well as a homey gathering space, a beautiful kitchen island or cart shines in the spotlight of any home kitchen. Since this multi-functional workspace will be front and center in the kitchen, it’s important to find a style that fits into your decor. To integrate the island into the larger kitchen scheme, accent it with inspirational pieces such as a gleaming stand mixer currently relegated to storage. Or feature a new canister set or knife block to create a conversation-starting centrepiece. Use the kitchen island decorating ideas below to find accents that will amplify the appeal of your family’s favourite room.


1. Plants and vases

Maximise the colour impact of a bunch of flowers by going for multiple arrangements Try a mix of vases in different sizes and shapes running along the length of the island countertop. Or play off the kitchen’s colour scheme with vases in similar hues, adding in clear glass vases for lightness. A potted herbs display does double duty, adding greenery and easy access for culinary cuttings. Don’t forget the warmth that a cluster of flickering votive candles in the center adds.


2. Drinkware

Kitchen islands make prime gathering spots for casual cocktail parties. Use the island’s extra surface area to create a spread of food and drink. In addition to appetiser plates and napkins, tack coasters in marble or stone to add organic contrast to wood countertops.


3. Tableware

Prepare for mid-day snacks or weekday dinners by laying out your favourite everyday dinnerware on the island’s counter. A wood flatware caddy alongside the dishes looks casual while adding a welcoming touch of texture. To complete the look and save space, include a mug tree featuring your favourite coffee cups.


4. Modern

Contemporary kitchens are defined by clean lines and crisp contours, perfect for decorating with a minimalist palette. Experiment with mixed materials by placing a marble cheese platter next to a wire basket filled with linen napkins. Potted succulents have a sculptural look that adds greenery but looks fresh in the modern kitchen. When going for minimalism, less is more so curate a small yet intentional selection of vases and bowls for the countertop centrepiece. 


5. Practical

Since kitchen islands are used everyday by everyone in the home, make sure there’s a practical bent to your decorating ideas. A table runner folded in half and laid across the width of the countertop not only looks neat, but it also helps to establish dining, serving and work zones. Satisfy creative impulses by corralling paint brushes, crayons and markers next to sheets of colourful paper in an art caddy for an impromptu art making station.

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