Different types of kitchen Islands to look out for in 2019

Utopia asked The Wood Works, a family business of bespoke furniture designers and craftsmen, what types of kitchen island they think will be trending in 2019. They came back with four features that you should look out for if you’re thinking of purchasing a new kitchen island this year…

Just about everyone that walks through our showroom door has their heart set on a kitchen island. Whether it serves as an informal eating area, or a place to whip up the perfect meal, kitchen islands have certainly made their mark.

At The Wood Works, we see on a daily basis how the latest trends are influencing the way different types of kitchen island might look, feel and what function they serve; whether it is seating, storage space, worktop space, or for an induction hob or sink to be added.

Kitchen island design centres around creating impact through innovative use of materials, bold colours and state-of-the-art technology. Design will also blend with practical features including those mentioned above, as well adding a personal touch with open displays.

Homeowners are also thinking carefully about how a kitchen island sits within their kitchen and how traffic flows around it. If you have a young family, you need to make sure that you are not constantly moving hot pans between cooker and island. Ensuring that the main traffic doesn’t pass between the island and the kitchen cabinets is crucial. We’re also seeing kitchen islands being used as a feature, with people opting to have a secondary colour palette or materials for a different texture.

So here are the types of kitchen island that you’ll be seeing a lot of…


We love quartz – and while it is expensive – it’s huge list of pros will make it the material of choice when it comes to choosing your kitchen island worktop. It’s vast array of colours, patterns and finishing techniques offer homeowners a huge selection.

2019 will also bring materials being used to create kitchen islands with a real wow factor. Wave goodbye to wood or high-gloss finishes and instead say hello to exciting materials. We’re seeing a huge increase in people opting for stone veneers (Italian Slate) to create both contrast to the rest of the kitchen and be viewed as a stand-alone piece of art.

The Ascella Kitchen features a Stone Veneer finish to the kitchen island, with a Corian worktop. LED lighting strips are used to highlight the unusual cabinetry choice.

Two tone kitchens

Kitchen islands are a great way of adding colour to a kitchen, and can be contrasted with wall cabinets. We’re seeing an ever-increasing use of blues and greys, especially when used together and in combination of two shades of the same colour. Choosing this route for your kitchen cabinetry is a great way of adding texture to your home, and allows you to “dip your toe” into opting for dark kitchen cabinets which we are expecting to be a huge trend in 2019.

Our Chelsea Kitchen successfully blends the use of soft greys for the wall units with the kitchen island painted in Farrow and Ball’s Railings to create a striking kitchen that immediately commands the attention of anyone entering the room.

Bold colours

Colour is a powerful design tool that can completely alter your whole kitchen. It can be used to change the perception of space, while also expressing personality.

This year, we’ll see more yellow, oranges and blues enter our kitchens, in keeping with Pantone’s latest colour palette. Dark colours will also make an appearance.

Pantone’s Nebulas Blue has been used as the main colour throughout the Cotswold kitchen, which has been paired with the more tone down Cornforth White by Farrow and Ball and used to accent the window seating. The finished result is a kitchen with a modern vibe mixed with traditional elements.

Curves are back

With large kitchen/dining spaces firmly cementing itself at the top of a homeowners wish list, we’re seeing kitchen designers become more creative on how to break up the space.

Curves work particularly well in larger rooms, with designers opting for rounded breakfast bars and even circular kitchen islands. Opting for this style can soften the appearance and create a relaxed feel but with plenty of wow factor! 

The Elements Kitchen has been designed with a large, curved island not only clearly defines the space between cooking and living, but also serves as an area to cook and eat but with added sass and clear style.


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