How To Style Your Kitchen island

Besides being utilitarian, kitchen islands can serve a number of other purposes in today’s kitchens. Perhaps the most obvious use, is how kitchen islands provide a valuable food prep area. The additional work area comes in handy when I am baking with the kiddos, need additional counter space or if there are multiple cooks in the kitchen. I also love how our kitchen island in both our house and beach house has become the usual gathering spot in the kitchen. Whether it’s just the daily drop spot, the place where we gather for our meals or the place people congregate when I am entertaining, it’s important to style my kitchen island to be aesthetically pleasing while serving all its many functions.

white kitchen cabinets with counter stools and brass lanterns
How to style a white kitchen island with rattan vase with greenery

How To Style Your Kitchen island

Here are 7 quick and easy tips on how to style your kitchen island.

Add seasonal fruits and veggies

One of my favorite ways to style my kitchen island is to use seasonal fruits and vegetables. I’ll fill a pretty bowl with fresh apples or oranges to instantly add a pop of color. Having the fruit front and center on the island also serves as a reminder for my kiddos to eat the fruit. You can always forgo the fruit and add colorful fresh flowers for a touch of greenery instead. Fruit or flowers, either choice will add a necessary focal point to your island.

Create a theme

Have fun and create a theme with your kitchen island décor. Use décor items from the season or accessories that fit the general style of your home. Showcase rattan and wicker (baskets, candle holders) during Spring and Summer months and incorporate metals ( tray, candlesticks) in the Winter and Fall months.

Style a white kitchen island with serena and lily riviera counter stools and hanging lanterns

Add just enough

Sometimes less is more when it comes to styling your kitchen island. Often times a large bowl or vessel is all you need to showcase items that you love while still adding interest to your island. Another way to display items on your kitchen island, is to use a pretty cutting board. The wood in a cutting board helps to add warmth, particularly in white kitchens.

Go for collected not cluttered

Keep your collected items in odd numbers for a more intentional look. Since I like clutter at a minimum in my kitchen, I generally go for no more then three items or one big item on my island.

bowl and vase on kitchen island

Keep function and purpose in mind

Remember it is your kitchen island, the heart of your home, not just a display area. Place items like baked cakes placed on pretty cake stands, scented candles, and a shallow basket for keys, and misc. drop items for your kitchen island décor. Look for interesting ways to display handy items you use on a day-to-day basis. Sometimes when I want to change things up, I will use a mini cake stand to place my kitchen dish and hand soap on.

Tips To Style Your Kitchen island

Trays are your kitchen island’s best friend

I love to use trays on my island to easily style items like a tall vase, candles, and small vignettes. Not only do trays provide additional texture to a smooth counter surface, but trays are also easy to move when cleaning and free up when you need additional counter space.

Kitchen island styling tips

Display linens and dishes

I have walked into many beautiful kitchens that will display some of their favorite dishes and table napkins on a tray. Whether it’s for the next meal or purely decorative, it symbolizes the love the homeowner has for these items and sharing it with their guests.

Even if you have always considered your kitchen island to be more of a storage space like your kitchen cabinets, there are several ways that are easy and simple to incorporate a stylish vibe. Feel free to check out any of the affiliate links and I hope some of these tips will help you when styling your kitchen island.

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  1. Hi! I’d love to know which size kitchen pendants yours are. I see they come in a few sizes. Thank you!!