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10 Stylish & Multi-Functional Kitchen Island Ideas

August 25, 2021
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A kitchen island can offer storage, dining space, meal prepping, cooking, and more in one convenient location!

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In many modern homes, the kitchen island serves as the focal point. It also functions as an additional work surface, a study table, a dining area, and a food preparation zone. Hence when renovating your kitchen, you’ll want your island to be not only stylish but also as versatile as possible in order to accommodate these various functions.

Secoya Residence, KL by IQI Concept Interior Design & Renovation

If you're having a difficult time deciding on a design and style, we've compiled a list of our 10 kitchen island ideas in a wide variety of options to get you started!

1. A modular kitchen island with a built-in microwave and oven

Installing a built-in microwave and oven within your kitchen island is a great way to save precious countertop space in your kitchen.

TTDI by Surface R Sdn. Bhd.

Interior Firm: Surface R Sdn. Bhd.

This versatile kitchen island, for example, comes with a built-in oven and microwave beneath the counter, allowing the main cooking area to be completely dedicated to cooking. The island also comes complete with two modular seats that can be neatly stored when not in use, ensuring that the walking aisle behind the island is open.

TTDI by Surface R Sdn. Bhd.

Interior Firm: Surface R Sdn. Bhd.

2. A kitchen island that is intended for dining and working

If you live in a home with limited square footage, consider making your island the command centre of the house, where all the action happens, from meal prepping to hanging out to doing work on your laptop to dining. This will allow you to do away with the need for a separate dining area or study area.

Sunway Mont Condominium, Mont Kiara by Interior Hunters Sdn Bhd

Designed by Interior Hunters Sdn Bhd, this kitchen island has enough space for four people to dine, work, or prepare meals at the same time. It also has built-in drawers that allow homeowners to store items while keeping the counter space clear of clutter.

Sunway Mont Condominium, Mont Kiara by Interior Hunters Sdn Bhd

3. A double-tiered kitchen Island to demarcate dining and cooking areas

If you are installing an island in an open space layout, consider installing a two-tier kitchen island to hide any messes on the countertops.

Morgan Shorefront, George Town by Vault Design Lab Sdn Bhd

Take a cue from this kitchen by Vault Design Lab Sdn Bhd, where an elevated island divides the unit so that one side is used for washing dishes and cooking and the other for dining. This design also protects those sitting on the island from splatters caused by washing dishes or hands.

Morgan Shorefront, George Town by Vault Design Lab Sdn Bhd

4. A kitchen island with a hob that allows you to interact with others while cooking

Installing a cooking hob on a kitchen island is a clever, sociable design feature that allows the person cooking to face the rest of the room.

Seremban 2, Negeri Sembilan by PINS Studio

Interior Firm: PINS Studio

This kitchen island design by PINS Studio perfectly illustrates the point. Bar stools are positioned in the opposite direction of the hob and sink, allowing the cook to converse with guests - or even supervise young children - while preparing meals. The design layout also helps to keep walking traffic out of the way of the cook.

Seremban 2, Negeri Sembilan by PINS Studio

Interior Firm: PINS Studio

5. A kitchen Island with drawers to maximise storage space

When other areas of your kitchen are lacking in storage space, a kitchen island is an excellent option!

The Plaza Condominium, TTDI by Ee Design Studio

Interior Firm: Ee Design Studio

The success of this tidy, sleek, uncluttered kitchen is largely down to the island unit that features deep, wide drawers that work wells for storing everything from kitchen appliances, pots and pans to linens. Meanwhile, frequently used appliances such as rice cookers and toasters are kept in an open drawer for easy access.

The Plaza Condominium, TTDI by Ee Design Studio

Interior Firm: Ee Design Studio

6. A kitchen Island with overhead storage

In addition to under-counter storage, you can take island storage to new heights by including overhead storage.

Scenaria Super Link by IQI Concept Interior Design & Renovation

Take a cue from this kitchen island, which features specially crafted steel shelves suspended above the island for displaying glassware and wine bottles. It is also a great design feature for your island to keep things out of reach of children!

Scenaria Super Link by IQI Concept Interior Design & Renovation

7. A kitchen island with open shelves for display items

Since an island serves as the focal point of your kitchen, make the most of it by displaying your teacup collection, stylish plates, beautiful ceramics, cookbooks, among other things.

Masera Cheras by Wuuu Studio

Interior Firm: Wuuu Studio

Open shelves at the end of this kitchen island, for example, provide a convenient way to showcase the homeowner's colourful mugs and cups, adding charm and personality to the space. It also makes the mugs and cups more accessible.

8. A versatile kitchen island with a pull-out table

If you are looking for a more versatile island function to save precious floor space, consider pairing a large, permanent island with a smaller, mobile table.

KSL Residence, Johor by Inniva Design & Construction Sdn Bhd

This kitchen island brilliantly illustrates the point. It includes a recess table and stools to help extend the counter space, but it can also be easily tucked away from the aisle, leaving all pathways clear for movement.

9. A kitchen island with an L-shaped bar designed to entertain

If you enjoy entertaining, consider building a built-in extension around the kitchen island to double the seating capacity. It also makes it easier to serve food and drinks.

Setia Damai, Setia Alam by Cube Creation Sdn. Bhd.

Take a cue from this kitchen island, which includes an L-shaped wooden dining extension that can seat up to 8 people at once while leaving the island counter free to display food and beverages - ideal for buffet dining!

Setia Damai, Setia Alam by Cube Creation Sdn. Bhd.

10. A slim kitchen island for small homes

If the island is scaled appropriately for the size of the room, it can work even in a small or narrow kitchen!

Cheras Vista, KL by MKR Studio Sdn. Bhd.

Interior Firm: MKR Studio Sdn. Bhd.

Take style notes from this kitchen that feature a ‘petit’ island that offers extra prep and dishwashing area in a kitchen where space is too tight for a full-size island.

Cheras Vista, KL by MKR Studio Sdn. Bhd.

Interior Firm: MKR Studio Sdn. Bhd.

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