10 Beautiful Stainless Steel Kitchen Island Designs



Stainless steel fixtures and accessories are very common and very appreciated in the kitchen. This material presents a series of characteristics that are very difficult to reproduce and to put together through other methods. A very common element in most modern and contemporary kitchens is the stainless steel kitchen island. It’s functional, durable, easy to maintain and it also has the simplicity that makes it so special.

This type of kitchen islands can also include other materials such as wood for example. In this modern kitchen we can see a very simple and practical island made from a combination of stainless and wood and with a design that matches the rest of the décor and appliances.

If you’re wondering which color you should use when you have a stainless steel kitchen island and similar appliances, there are plenty of options. For example, white would be a nice choice that would give your kitchen a modern look with some industrial influences.

If you opt for a stainless steel island for your kitchen then you might also want to have the barstools made from the same material. It would be a detail that would create a cohesive interior décor. It would be indicated to also include a few contrasting features such as wooden flooring for a balanced décor.

As we’ve already mentioned, stainless steel kitchen islands look beautiful in combination with wooden furniture. You can opt for wood cabinets or a wooden base for the island in combination with a stainless steel countertop and you could also choose an industrial-style pendant lamp for a cohesive look.

It’s true that stainless steel kitchen islands usually have a cold, industrial look but this can be modified if you opt for an island with curved edges or with a rounded design. The lean, delicate lines will make it seem less impersonal and more charming. Use similar details throughout the kitchen or try comining them with contrasting features.

When you have a modern, minimalist kitchen with a stainless steel island, appliances made from the same material and an overall neutral décor, it’s wise to introduce a hint of color in the form of barstools, pendant lamps or any other type of accessory or decoration.

Even though mostly popular in modern and contemporary kitchens, stainless steel kitchen islands can also be introduced in a traditional décor. In this case, it can be an island with a wooden base and a stainless steel countertop, maybe with a vintage or rustic design.


Stainless steel countertops get a unique spark if the right type of light touches their surface. For example, in this modern, open plan kitchen, the spotlights resemble little stars and they reflect beautifully on the floor as well as on the kitchen island counter.

Since it’s obvious that stainless steel kitchen islands tend to have an industrial-style look, a simple way of allowing them to seamlessly integrate into your kitchen’s décor would be to opt for this style for the entire room. You could have some metal chairs, maybe some exposed pipes in the ceiling and you could opt for rough finishes throughout.

Everything we’ve mentioned so far about stainless steel kitchen island and all the ideas related to styles, decors and materials that work well with them are only suggestions. There’s really no rule that can tell you what you can and what you can’t use in combination with a stainless steel kitchen island. This kitchen, for example, is an amalgam of different influences and styles and it still looks quite beautiful and intriguing.

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Published by in Kitchen, on December 7th, 2012

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