Why settle for a standard kitchen island when you could have one of these instead?

1. Open shelving adds visual lightness and allows for ample bar seating.

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2. Handcrafted kitchen island legs create architectural interest while supporting a countertop overhang.

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3. Budget-friendly removable decals add personality to a builder basic kitchen island.

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4. A kitchen island with a custom, pull-out dining table makes hosting large get-togethers a breeze.

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5. Maximizing island storage allows you to ditch upper cabinets altogether.

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6. An integrated cutting board made from butcher block provides plenty of space for chopping vegetables.

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7. Peek-a-boo storage cubbies allow you to display cookbooks, servingware and decorative objects.

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8. Choosing a contrasting color or material for the island amps up interest in an otherwise all-white kitchen.

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9. A round kitchen island topped with marble and detailed with cane webbing dares to be different.

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10. An attached dining table at a lower elevation offers a laid-back vibe.

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11. And finally, an L-shaped island with built-in banquette seating is the ultimate luxury.

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