Everything happens in the kitchen. Life happens in the kitchen.” –Andrew Zimmern

Ready to make some life happen in your kitchen? A remodel to create the ideal space for the heart of your home will help. Your kitchen’s island is at the center of that space so why not make it stand out?

Here are 5 amazing kitchen island trends to get your juices flowing and inspire the perfect kitchen remodel.

1. Contrasting Colors

With farmhouse styles hitting their peak in mid-2018, many new home-builders are opting for bolder statement island trends. What does this look like in 2020?

It means islands that are a different color from the rest of the kitchen cabinets.

When you walk into a kitchen with a black island, lit by gold pendant lights, it grabs your eye as it contrasts starkly from the white kitchen cabinets. The top choices for contrasting islands are gray, navy blue, and black.

If making a statement is your thing, contrasting island colors are very in.

2. Focus on Functional

These days, many remodels make the island ultra-functional. You can now include everything from a built-in garbage compactor, microwave, stovetop, or even beverage fridge.

The sky is really the limit so for your remodel, consider what functionality you’d love your island to include.

You can style it after your favorite cooking show and build fully-functional shelves right below so you can pull a bowl or spoon out with ease.

3. More Contrast: Materials

If having your island a contrasting color from your kitchen cabinets isn’t enough of a statement, many 2020 remodels are including a unique surface as well.

If you have black, granite kitchen counters, a solid wood island could add a perfect touch of comfort.

Really snazzy remodels even go as bold as bronze island counters or stainless steel. It’s really up to your own tastes and budget.

4. Let There Be Light

If your kitchen is more than 5 years old, you may be annoyed by its extreme lack of lighting, especially above the island.

Most modern builders now include pendant or some other lighting above islands today.

But, for those without existing lighting above their island, the kitchen will look seriously dated if some form of lighting isn’t added in the remodel. Not to mention, you’ll have a much easier time seeing what you’re cooking.

5. Built-In Seating

Most island trends include some form of seating. But one of the most fun 2020 trends is the built-in swivel seats.

You can really choose any chair style to build in to your island, but swivel seats are common and give both a casual and modern twist to your island.

Plus, you don’t have to worry about pulling them out when it comes time to sweep and mop. Win-win!

Island Trends: Getting Your Remodel Started

You’ve got the down-low on some of the top island trends for your 2020 remodel. The question now is, how do you get started?

Browse our portfolio of kitchen remodels to see what kind of beautiful kitchen could be in your future! Of course, our expert contractors won’t hesitate to handle your remodeling project.

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