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If you’re lucky enough to have a kitchen large enough to accommodate a central island, adding one is a no brainer.

No matter the size, islands add tons of functional and usable space, both in surface area and storage. They’re also ripe for entertaining and provide the perfect place to perch for a quick meal, facilitating homework, or making a few phone calls. 

Farmhouse style has been dominating kitchen remodels in recent years, and islands are no exception. These surfaces combine the clean aesthetic of modern-day cook spaces with more rustic elements like butcher block tops or intricately carved posts. In essence, it’s the best of both worlds. If you’re considering a farmhouse kitchen island for your space, here are seven rooms to inspire your reno project: 


The Soft Contrast

Wood Farmhouse Kitchen Island

Photography: Nicole Dianne; Design: Jessica Jones

For a classic kitchen that’s sure to stand the test of time, designer Jessica Jones paired Semihandmade’s DIY Shaker fronts with a contrasting island constructed with Chris Loves Julia doors in Cove, a beautiful muted wood shade. 


The Counter Highlight

Butcher Block Farmhouse Kitchen Island

Design:  The Pretty Perch

Though the ivory cabinets and island topped with dark wood butcher block skew more farmhouse here, designer Kathleen Fox of The Pretty Perch added something unexpected: marble countertops and backsplash that give the space an overall clean and modern look. 


The Anchor Moment

Black Farmhouse Kitchen Island

Photography: Eric Piasecki; Design: Kevin Dumais

This minimal island, which is topped with a soft marble and painted in Sag Harbor Gray from Benjamin Moore, not only adds much-needed prep space in this petite kitchen but also serves as a cool contrast to designer Kevin Dumais’ otherwise muted room. 


The Gathering Spot

Wood Farmhouse Kitchen Island

Photography and Design: Chris and Julia Marcum

The term modern farmhouse might sound like an oxymoron, but Chris and Julia Marcum’s Idaho Falls kitchen is just that. The island has sharp, clean lines and a crisp white countertop that proves that rustic style really can look contemporary. 


The Semi Rustic

White Farmhouse Kitchen Island

Photography: Lindsay Brown; Design: Maggie Burns

If you just want a hint of farmhouse vibes in your city apartment, loon no further than this crisp white Manhattan kitchen designed by Maggie Burns. The small island skews contemporary, but shaker-style cabinets and cafe-style stools lend just a touch of rustic appeal.  


The Glossy Detail

Marble Farmhouse Kitchen Island

Photography: Julie Soefer; Design: Marie Flanigan

The gray marble countertops on Whitney Port’s kitchen island provide an unexpected contrast to the blonde wood cabinets in the rest of the space. What exactly makes this design by Marie Flanigan work? The slab-style cabinets have clean lines that pair perfectly with the cool stone. 


The Modern Butcher

Butcher Block Farmhouse Kitchen Island

Love the farmhouse style, but want your space to feel modern and updated like this kitchen by Sarah Sherman Samuel? Opt for contemporary favorites, like white cabinets and brass hardware, and mix those with a simple and sleek wood butcher block countertop.

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