Kitchen Island Color Ideas – A kitchen island is comparable to a great piece of furniture. So why not give it a splash of color? Modern homes seem to be filled with neutral hues. White, gray and brown generally take up most of the backdrop and décor is no different with major furniture pieces like the living room couch or the dining table also coming in muted colors. While this gives you a great amount of decorating freedom when switching between styles, accent hues and seasonal trends, it also can lead to a boring home that is far too ‘vanilla’. Moving away from the generic and breathing a whole new life into your kitchen, a colorful kitchen islanddefinitely shakes up the dreary status quo.
Whether you want a painted kitchen island or long for an island that is polished and far more contemporary in its finish, a colorful masterpiece at the heart of your kitchen makes a big difference to the overall ambiance. Colorful islands give the kitchen personality, uniqueness and elevate the style of your open plan living. It also sets the kitchen apart from the dining room and living area next to it and also you to experiment with different colors for kitchen cabinets. It is time to move away from dull grays and all too common white as you embrace a splash of vivaciousness in the kitchen!
These colorful kitchen islands are stunning work spaces for hardworking kitchens.
- 1 Rich Cobalt
- 2 Citrus Bliss
- 3 Chic Charcoal
- 4 Gray-Blue Hue
- 5 Soothing Yellow
- 6 Seaside Blue
- 7 Energizing Green
- 8 Fire-Engine Red
- 9 Orange Zest Island
- 10 Well-Worn Green
- 11 Neutral Variations
- 12 Sunny Citron
- 13 Viva Jewel Box Kitchen
- 14 Gorgeous Gray-Brown
- 15 Sunny Disposition
- 16 Inky Blue
- 17 Serene Scene
- 18 Everlasting Blue
- 19 Painting it Red!
- 20 Finding the Right Hue
- 21 Unique Colors for the Kitchen Island
- 22 White & Gray Island
- 23 Masculine
- 24 Autumn Purple
- 25 Dark & Rich
- 26 Autumn Green
- 27 Chocolate Delight
- 28 Bright & Sunny
A blue-and-white color palette is traditional, but the cobalt island is a bold take on the classic look. Outfitted with display space for a collection of dishware, the island is both pretty and practical. Before priming and painting, install dowel rods on shallow shelves to prevent serving plates from crashing down.
Fresh, lemony-yellow paint creates a lively atmosphere in this sunny kitchen. White cabinetry and tiles allow the bright island to shine, and turquoise stools offset the citrus hue with another pop of bright color. Try out this look in your home to bring a sense of summer into the kitchen year-round. Because kitchen cabinets withstand a lot of daily use, look for a paint with a hard finish, such as satin.
Combined with white subway tile and barely-there gray cabinetry, this charcoal gray island feels right at home. Stainless-steel appliances and accessories create a chic and contemporary look. To get a super-smooth paint finish on your cabinets, choose a self-leveling paint.
A soft gray-blue island looks rustic with its custom woodwork and butcher-block top. Other than a few other pops of color, the rest of the kitchen is white, allowing the island to take center stage. Rehab a set of thrift store stools with a fresh coat of high-gloss enamel paint. Put felt or rubber protectors on each leg to prevent scratches on your wood flooring.
A soft, buttery yellow on the island is the perfect color to offset the white walls and heavily veined marble countertops. Black hardware adds definition to the cabinetry, and a collection of pottery on floating shelves and hanging on the wall ties the room’s color palette together. Before re-creating this look,remove all doors and hardware from the cabinet base, labeling each piece meticulously, then carefully put back together once the paint is dry.
A slim industrial-style island is a perfect fit in this contemporary kitchen. Bold blue paint on the island combines forces with a bright backsplash to create a fresh place to cook. High-gloss paint is reflected onto the glossy wood floors for a clean, modern effect. With simple metal stools, the island acts as a prep space, as well as for seating.
A soft green island brings a cheery disposition to this kitchen. Outfit your island with a mini fridge, smart open shelving, and a sink for a space that’s full of function. A wood top adds warmth to the room and incorporates the hand-painted backsplash tile. If DIY-ing your island paint job, remove all doors and shelves before sanding, priming, and painting the cabinet base.
In this kitchen, the red island is the obvious star. A sleek lacquer finish catches the eye and commands attention. Accented by tubular modern hardware and a butcher-block top, the kitchen’s bold look is complete. Add small details like the side-mounted bottle opener for a space ready to entertain. If painting over a metal surface, consider using enamel paint.
Orange Zest Island
Citrus-inspired hues are bold, sassy, and full of energy. If you love blazing orange but can’t commit your entire kitchen, try it as an accent. Just don’t forget to prime! A good separate primer is essential when working with bright hues. Black countertops add sophistication in this kitchen, and the mosaic tile backsplash ties it all together.
Rustic and well-worn, the green paint on this island is reminiscent of an antique piece of furniture that has endured years of repainting. Achieve this distressed look with thin layers of paint to let the original wood show through. Stone and butcher-block accents pair perfectly in this country kitchen.
Anchoring the heart of this open kitchen, the stone-color island, although muted, stands out against the white walls and perimeter cabinets. Industrial elements, such as the stools, light fixtures, and faucet, mingle with the room’s traditional design. When prepping the island’s shiplap exterior for paint, only sand down any major imperfections. Small imperfections are what make the look unique.
Good looks and practicality are equal partners in this gorgeous kitchen. A tempered chartreuse island blends the sunny side of yellow with the vibrancy of lime green for a bright, springy look. The island is outfitted with a roll-out baking station, fashioned in the island’s likeness, to make baking a breeze, and the frame is painted the same zingy chartreuse as the island. Take a chance with this monochromatic color scheme for a cheerful look of your own.
Viva Jewel Box Kitchen
White perimeter cabinets and countertops set a clean stage for a playful emerald green island. Remove doors on one end of the island for open shelving that offers plenty of space for bright cookbooks and large display items. Sapphire blue wallpaper with pretty florals adds another splash of jewel tones, creating a color scheme that’s rich yet casually preppy. We recommend painting the cabinets before applying wallpaper to avoid paint drips or splatters.
Fresh color can give your room a hearty update—without having to be bright and in your face. A moody gray-brown island adds a sense of intrigue, taking center stage in this neutral kitchen. Be sure to cover the floor with a drop cloth before painting to protect your hardwood flooring. Distressed blue stools add another layer of interest.
Being bold is all about striking the right balance, and bold doesn’t have to be bright. Here, a saturated yet muted golden-yellow island gives this pretty kitchen a peppy focal point. To prevent yourself from using several layers of paint, first use a separate primer, despite two-in-one paint products that claim to do both. The color on the island is the same as the surrounding walls and cabinets, but light wood and contrasting countertops keep it from becoming overbearing.
Deep inky blue adds a note of drama to this 1950s farmhouse-style kitchen,and it stands in contrast to the white walls and countertops. A funky chandelier and open metal shelving infuse this composed space with contemporary flair. To keep the space from looking too modern, be sure to use a paint with a flat finish.
Give an all-white kitchen a lift with a refreshing coat of blue for a classic, pleasing palette with a hint of color. A cornflower-blue island and watery-hue backsplash make this white kitchen feel cheery and full of character. Remove all drawers and sand all surfaces before applying paint for the smoothest look.
There are few colors as versatile as blue and even in a world where gray seems to be taking over, blue still stands tall as a perpetually popular choice among homeowners. The biggest reason for this is how it fits in with a wide variety of themes ranging from minimal, contemporary and Scandinavian to rustic, coastal and Mediterranean. It is the finish of the kitchen island, material of choice and the shade of blue that combine to create the right island for your stylish kitchen.
Cheerful coastal style kitchen in white and blue with a beautiful island
Classic farmhouse elements combined seamlessly with contemporary aesthetics in this kitchen [From: Interior360]
Expansive blue kitchen island with white marble top at its brilliant best! [From: Farmers / Maytain Cabinets]
Increasingly white marble countertops are the surfaces of choice in most kitchens and these work beautifully when combined with an island in blue. Islands in darker shades of blue steal the spotlight in traditional and coastal kitchens while those clad in lighter, chic bluish-gray shades feel at home in modern and refined spaces. Combine these with kitchen cabinets in white and you have a dashing, cheerful kitchen.
Grayish blue is a great color choice for the modern kitchen island [From: Christine Sheldon Design]
Sparkling kitchen island with marble coutertop and bluish-gray finish
Blue as a color never fails in both modern and traditional kitchens! [From: Brownhouse Design]
Bright and vivacious use of color in the modern kitchen
Painting it Red!
Red as a color gets plenty of bad rap when it comes to home decorating because it can seem far too overpowering when used excessively. But a red island coupled with a neutral backdrop can make a big visual impact in both contemporary and traditional kitchens alike. Red combines well with black in modern kitchens while a red island at the heart of a Mediterranean kitchen can instantly bring brightness to an otherwise mellow and inviting space. Make sure though that you pick a matte shade of red to ensure your red island is not ungainly and out of place…
Modern farmhouse style kitchen with bright island in red [From: J M Interiors]
Red cabinets and kitchen island combine to create a unique and impressive kitchen
Red island energizes traditional kitchen in white [From: Sawhorse Designs]
Striking kitchen island in red and black!
Warm and inviting Mediterranean style kitchen with yellow walls and a wooden island in red
Kitchen in black and white with a polished red island
Finding the Right Hue
Finding the right color for your kitchen island is far simpler than you think. This first step is to settle on both the style and the color scheme of the kitchen itself. Once you have this sorted, most of the work is done and your choices are instantly narrowed down.
A kitchen with too many colors looks cluttered and hence it is best to pick a color for the island that is repeated elsewhere. Of course, a left-field choice is always welcome in an eclectic kitchen, but it does not work in most other kitchens. Whether it is stunning teal island in a polished contemporary kitchen or one in sunny yellow at the heart of a traditional kitchen, keeping the cabinets and the backdrop as neutral as possible helps immensely as well.
Mellow yellow kitchen siland feels perfectly at home in a modern setting [From: Christine Donner Kitchen Design / Nancy E. Hill]
Modern kitchen in yellow, white and gray
Orange brings brightness and spunk yo the kitchen in white
Cutting edge Italian kitchen with a stunning island in yellow
Eclectic kitchen full of color and pattern
Unique Colors for the Kitchen Island
This summer, bring a dash of freshness to the kitchen with colors that go beyond the mundane. Instead of the regular red, blue, green and yellow, consider a splurge of vivacious fuchsia, spunky orange or even upbeat purple for a captivating kitchen island that steals the show. Then there is option of a multi-colored island that combines several different hues to create a collage of effervescent brilliance!
Unique hue and finish of the Mediterranean kitchen island steals the show here [From: Chantal Devane]
Quirky multi-colored kitchen island idea
Pink makes an unexpected appearance in this modern kitchen!
Exquisite kitchen island in Teal inside sophisticated Sao Paulo apartment
Stunning kitchen islands in purple bring dazzling color to the industrial space [From: Momoko Morton]
Try out the splendor of Onyx to shape a unique kitchen island
White & Gray Island
This gray island feels just a little softer–perfect for this New York beach style kitchen.
Grand and masculine feel to this kitchen. Cool lights!
Wow–what a unique choice. Take a chance–choose your favorite color!
Dark & Rich
Handsome features and seating were chosen for this kitchen.
Breathtaking view in this traditional kitchen. Autumn green granite was used on both these custom kitchen islands.
Bright & Sunny
Great pop of yellow. Such a cheerful space.