Kitchen islands have firmly cemented their place as a ‘go to’ when designing a kitchen and are now regarded as a focal point and hub of the kitchen.

Whether you are considering a single level with multiple functions, or split level to define different zones, kitchen islands offer a range of practical and stylish features that make family life and entertaining a breeze.

Looking set to continue into 2019, 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 storage solutions and informal dining areas, as well as sinks and hobs.

Here at The Wood Works, we’re seeing new trends emerging that will fill our kitchens in the months and years to come. So what should we expect?

Kitchen island layout

People are also considering more carefully how an island sits within a kitchen, and how traffic flows around it. Ensuring that the main traffic doesn’t pass between the island and the kitchen cabinets is crucial. Homeowners are also using it as a feature, with people opting to have a secondary colour palette, or materials for a different texture.

Informal eating areas

The rise of the breakfast bar as an add on has also had a huge impact on the functionality of kitchen island, with nearly 90% of the kitchens we design and install now featuring an area for informal eating.”

Kitchen island trends 2019

It isn’t just about layout and eating, we’re also seeing new materials, shapes and colours coming through.


Quartz will continue to shine as the top materials for worktops, as its 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 real wow factor. The Mulberry Kitchen Island has been finished using stone veneer (Italian Slate) to create both contrast to the rest of the kitchen and be viewed as stand-alone piece of art. Corian has been used as a wraparound worktop in Glacier white, with a full Corian basin to keep lines sleek and smooth.

The Mulberry Kitchen

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.

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.

The island has also been used to provide the homeowner with extra storage through open shelves. This style of design allows for prized possessions such as crockery or treasures cookbooks to be shown.

The Chelsea Kitchen

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 in our lives, in keeping with Pantone’s latest colour palette. Reminiscent of twilight, 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.

The Cotswold Kitchen

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.

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.

It also continues the trend of offering the opportunity for informal eating through breakfast bars, with a split level design helping to clearly define the different zones but in-keeping with the relaxed dining we’ve become used to.


The Elements Kitchen

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