Accent Islands

Updating your kitchen is one of the best investments you can make in your home – and it doesn’t have to break the bank! Sometimes just updating hardware and appliances is enough. If you’re feeling more ambitious, knocking down a few walls to create an open floor plan can do wonders for the look and feel of your home. Adding an island or peninsula is a huge upgrade! They add more counter and cabinet space, and free-standing islands only cost a couple of hundred dollars. The trickiest part is getting this additional cabinet space to match your existing cabinets. The good news is that accent islands are in!

Take a look at some of these professionally-designed kitchens with “accent islands”:

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Instead of the island matching the cabinets, use a contrasting color that goes with the rest of the design, or pulls together colors from the floor, walls, or even adjacent rooms. You can even do a fun pop of color! This not only gives you more creativity, but allows you more freedom when designing your new kitchen.


In this home we flipped, the cabinets were originally very dark. We painted them white to really brighten up the space. Instead of also painting the new peninsula white to match, we coordinated with the flooring – a beautiful medium maple hardwood. The peninsula blends right in while pulling together the colors of the backsplash and countertops. It makes the new open floor plan feel luxurious and modern.

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This is another example of an accent piece. The existing cabinets were a beautiful rich warm tone, but very difficult to match. We added the island with the extended countertop to give lots of extra space, but instead of pulling our hair out trying to make a custom stain to match….

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…we accented the cabinetry with a creamy off-white satin paint. This color goes well with the floor tile and pulls in the lighter colors of the walls and trim. The kitchen now has a much lighter, airy, and sophisticated style.

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Don’t be afraid of a little DIY! Not only can you give yourself a kitchen makeover to enjoy, but this upgrade will have a huge impact when selling your home. Contact me for a complimentary staging and design consultation!

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