A kitchen island offers a multitude of benefits and can be used in a variety of ways in order to best serve your home. Selecting island worktops that stand out will create a focal point in your kitchen that is as practical as it is stylish. This guide looks at the advantages that different options offer to help you decide which work surface is best for a kitchen island in your home.
Contrasting work surfaces can add a touch of drama to your kitchen, so selecting island worktops that stand out against the ones used throughout the rest of your kitchen is a fantastic way to achieve a striking look. It is important to consider the tone of the worktops when choosing opposing colours – cool and warm shades can occasionally clash, so pairing hues with similar temperatures together is a fantastic way to remain cohesive with your contrast.
Maple is one of the palest timbers in our collection, whilst wenge is one of the deepest hues we stock. The two create a striking look when used together, and wenge is a popular option for island worktops due to the distinctive look of the wood.
Our Earthstone worktops provide a cost effective imitation of natural stone, and using two contrasting shades in your kitchen can help achieve a stylish look. With the same surface finish, Black Star Earthstone worktops and Nordic Earthstone worktops can be used alongside each other for a bold look that is sure to enhance any kitchen – and create a striking kitchen island.
Using different materials for your kitchen worktops and island is another stylish way to create a bold look in your kitchen. This can also be a practical option as lower maintenance choices can be used around high moisture areas, such as sinks, or on top of dishwashers. Laminate worktops are available in a wide selection of different styles, and our Earthstone kitchen surfaces provide a realistic imitation of natural stone – both options can be used in various kitchen themes.
Zebrano worktops are a striking choice when used alone, so pairing them with our Earthstone worktops in Glacier can make them stand out even more. Zebrano is perfect for an island worktop for those who want to make a real statement in their kitchen.
The contrast between marble Calcutta laminate worktops and sapele worktops makes them an excellent combination for work surfaces and island worktops. Marble worktops create a cool atmosphere, thanks to the associations with the natural temperature of the stone, whilst the warmth of the sapele timber adds a welcoming feel to any kitchen.
Whilst a contrast can be a great way to make your kitchen island stand out, selecting something durable and practical to be used throughout the whole room can be just as striking. Our full stave wooden worktops are a great choice for islands and can be used alongside their standard timber counterparts. Laminate and Earthstone worktop options provide a practical option for busy family homes and require little to no maintenance. Whichever option you choose, it is important to consider the suitability for your kitchen and select the material that works best for you – our article on worktop materials may be useful in guiding your decision.