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Turn Your Kitchen Island into a Focal Point

Whether you're designing a rustic-style kitchen or one with a more contemporary vibe, an island can be used to enhance the comfort and beauty of the space. The kitchen island is typically a gathering place for family and guests, and it can also serve as a display area when hosting buffet dinners or Sunday brunch.

So to transform this central area from a background fixture to a focal point, consider using tile or natural stone to dress it up. Here are a few inspirational ideas to help you get started on your design.

Photo features Oro Miele 18 x 18 in a brick-joint pattern on the floor.

Switch Up the Countertop

When adding an island to a kitchen, you don't need to worry about matching the new feature to existing countertops or cabinetry. In fact, you can embrace the standalone nature of the island and create something new and different. For example, if you're working with a white kitchen, try adding warmth to the space with an island that has a wood-look or stone countertop.

If the island will be used for baking, a marble countertop is perfect for rolling out pastry dough. And if you want a material that gives off a little more shine or sparkle, consider going with glass or metallic tile. The island is a great area to feature accent materials that may be too overwhelming to use throughout an entire kitchen.

Adorn the Front of the Island

Rather than simply repeating the same cabinetry on the front and sides of an island, consider adding a unique touch. Tile comes in a range of impressive artistic materials, including glass and natural stone. For example, the Marble Weave series, which features trendy neutral shades, can infuse class and sophistication into any kitchen design when used on the front of the island.

Another option is to incorporate the smooth, clean lines of white subway tile or the rustic, old-world feel of exposed wood-look tile, which will give any island an authentic appearance.

Coordinate Island Tile with the Backsplash

If you're looking for further design inspiration, try using the same colors and patterns on the backsplash and the island. For example, carrying glass mosaic tile throughout the kitchen can create a beautiful, iridescent look that reflects soft lighting beautifully. Coordinating a natural stone tile backsplash with the top, sides, or front of the island is also an option.

If you decide to stick with the same tile series on both the backsplash and island, try opting for different colors or patterns. This will set each of the design elements apart without straying too far from your original intention. For example, a marble tile backsplash can be placed in a chevron pattern and carried onto the island using a marble countertop.

If you're considering adding a kitchen island to your design, why not turn it into a focal point with an elegant countertop or a tiled base. An island is a great, versatile element that can help take a kitchen design to the next level—whether you're going for a rustic and charming look or a sleek and modern space. Head to a tile retail dealer today, and then get started on your design.