If your kitchen is the perfect size and shape, congratulations! If you’re like the rest of us, you’ve probably fantasized about more counter space, more drawers or storage, or a big, beautiful, butcher-block-based gathering space. An appetizing addition, no? Before you take to handling a sledgehammer, consider the kitchen island. This handy and surprisingly affordable accessory literally changes the shape of your kitchen, and requires a lot less commitment than a contractor.
We’re obsessed with the Design Your Own Kitchen Island, and we’re not afraid to show it. This writer likes it black with a stainless steel top in his loft, but his editor owns the white with a wood top to match her Cape Cod kitchen. We’ve mixed cocktails, baked cookies, rolled pizza dough, and chopped veggies around our islands, and most of our guests have, too.
For a kitchen that’s itchin’ for a niche, an island may be just the ticket.