Micro Makeover: 5 Stunningly Simple Ways to Update Your Kitchen Island

Updated 09/01/17
how to decorate a kitchen island
Alyssa Rosenheck ; DESIGN: The Chad James Group

If the kitchen is the heart of a home, the kitchen island is the central nervous system that holds it all together. It's not only where we gather for breakfast or homework but also where we prep, cook, congregate, and even entertain. It's safe to say that without an island to hang around, the kitchen would be a much more deserted place, and kitchen parties might be much fewer and far between. Since we spend so much time hovering around this one central station, it only makes sense that we should point our attention to making it look appealing, comfortable, and elegant.

Kitchens today are much more decorated than they were when they only served as cooking stations. That being said, a kitchen makeover doesn't have to equate a complete gut job. It is possible to give your island a face-lift without tearing out surfaces—all you need is a little paint, a little art, and some seriously chic accessories. Whether your style is more curated, family-friendly, or urban bohemian, we've got the kitchen island makeover for you.

Alyssa Rosenheck ; DESIGN: The Chad James Group ; ORIGINAL GRAPHICS: Stephanie DeAngelis

You love perusing art galleries, and you have a strong discerning eye. You love clean lines and simple color palettes. Curate your kitchen island as you would an exhibition—with monochrome colors, chic kitchen accents, and a few art pieces from your own collection.

Brittany Ambridge ; ORIGINALGRAPHICS: Stephanie DeAngelis

Jonathan Adler didn't invent happy chic—you did! You love bright colorful interiors with a quirky edge. Your style is traditional in form but modern in colors. Opt for cheery yellow barstools and bright accents to style your kitchen island. You'll never start your day the wrong way again.

Jane Beiles ; DESIGN: Pimlico Interiors ; ARCHITECTURE: Brooks and Falotico ; ORIGINALGRAPHICS: Stephanie DeAngelis

You have a serene temperament and look for peace and quiet at home. When it comes to interiors, you love all-white everything. For your kitchen island, keep all your accents white or cool metallic tones and bring in color through greenery.

Alyssa Rosenheck ; DESIGN: Lori Paranjape ; ORIGINALGRAPHICS: Stephanie DeAngelis

If it were up to you, you'd have a place in the city and a home in the countryside somewhere. Though you love the farmhouse aesthetic—shiplap walls, farmhouse sinks, barn light pendants—you also steer more modern than traditional. In the kitchen, keep a farmhouse flair but break it up with bright colors and abstract art.

Nikole Ramsay ; ORIGINALGRAPHICS: Stephanie DeAngelis

You probably live in a boho-chic inner-city neighborhood somewhere, maybe Silver Lake in L.A. or Greenpoint in New York. You love the juxtaposition of natural accents and urban finishes. Weave in a mix of macramé plant hangers with concrete accents in your kitchen. Finish off the look with copper pendants and wooden stools.

This post was originally published on August 30, 2016, and has since been updated.

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