Kitchen Island: Trends in Italian design


What to know before installing a kitchen island

Open Kitchen and the Protagonism of the Islands

There are two interconnected trends in the evolution of interior design and architecture that have gained great popularity in recent years. One is the opening of the kitchen to the living or dining room and the second is kitchen islands in these open spaces.

The kitchen island is the heart of open spaces, becoming the dividing element between the zones. We present all the aesthetic and functional advantages of this new trend:

✔️ Contemporary design: a well-designed island becomes the focal point of the kitchen. In contemporary interior design, the kitchen island has evolved to become much more than just a work surface.

✔️ Maximizes storage: islands can feature storage options such as drawers, cabinets and shelves. This is especially useful in open spaces where order and cleanliness are essential to maintain aesthetics.

✔️ Optimize workflow: an efficient work triangle is created around the island to facilitate food preparation and cleanup. It combines preparation, cooking and cleaning areas in one centralized space.

✔️ Improves conviviality in the kitchen area: with a central island, the kitchen becomes a more interactive space, allowing cooks and guests to socialize while meals are being prepared.

✔️ Create a breakfast area with seating: Incorporating a bar or table into your island allows you to add additional seating without the need for a separate breakfast or fast food area. Choose between chairs or stools.

✔️ Innovation and Technology: modern islands can include innovative technology such as wireless chargers, recessed sockets, LED lights and integrated ventilation systems, making your kitchen more functional and contemporary.

How to design the most functional kitchen island?

Are you unsure how to design your kitchen island? It is crucial that the elements of your island not only meet your aesthetic expectations, but also adapt harmoniously to the available space.

In this section we will explain about all the accessories you can include and show you a selection of our kitchen island projects to inspire you on how to organize them:

Household appliances

The island can be equipped with traditional hobs, induction hobs with integrated extractor fan, ovens and microwaves, dishwasher and wine cooler.


You can incorporate numerous drawers, cabinets and shelves. You can select the best combination according to your preferences.

Island with breakfast bar

It includes a seating area with high stools, creating an informal space for quick meals and social gatherings.

Island with dining table

It includes a seating area with chairs, creating a formal space for family meals.

Kitchen sockets

Nowadays, the options of sockets with and without cover for kitchens are varied and sophisticated. You can install them on the countertop or on one of the sides, depending on your needs.

Under cabinet led lighting

One of the latest trends in island kitchens is the incorporation of LED lights in the base units. This plays a crucial role in creating cozy and functional environments.

Faucet and sink

The choice of faucet and sink is critical to the functionality and aesthetics of your kitchen island. The undermount sink offers a clean look and makes it easy to clean the work surface.


We reveal some of the new brands to equip your kitchen project: Ferm Living, D'Aqua, Stelton, KnIndustrie, Normann Copenhagen, Zone Denmark, House Doctor, Eva Solo, etc.

Kitchen island dimensions

An island should be at least 60 cm long and 120 cm wide to be useful and practical. This means that there is enough space to work with. Larger dimensions will be necessary to incorporate a sink area or induction hob.

In addition, it is necessary to leave a free space of approximately 90 cm around the island if you do not want to place chairs in front of it.

The best materials for the kitchen island

Kitchen design should not compromise with the functionality of the kitchen. Here are the most popular materials for your kitchen island:

Marble: Classic Elegance

Marble is synonymous with luxury and sophistication. Its smooth, veined surface adds a touch of classic elegance to any kitchen. Marble never goes out of style and adds lasting aesthetic value to your kitchen. With proper care, marble can last for decades without losing its beauty.

Granite: Resistance and Natural Beauty

Granite is a popular choice because of its strength and natural beauty. Each piece of granite is unique, offering a wide range of colors and patterns. High scratch and heat resistance, ideal for heavy use in the kitchen. Requires minimal maintenance and is easy to clean.

Quartz: Modern and Functional

Quartz is a manufactured surface that combines hardness and beauty. It offers a modern aesthetic and can be customized in a wide variety of colors and finishes. Among its advantages, it stands out for not being a porous surface, making it resistant to stains and bacteria, which makes it ideal for food preparation. And because of its variety of colors, it allows complete customization to suit your design.

Wood: Warmth and Natural Charm

Wood adds a natural warmth and charm to any kitchen. From hardwoods like oak and walnut to more exotic options, wood can be an excellent choice for a cozy atmosphere. Among its advantages we highlight its versatility in design: it can be treated and stained in different tones to suit your style. And also for its salty feel: Wood creates a cozy, homey atmosphere.

Stainless Steel: Professionalism and Contemporary Style

Stainless steel is a contemporary choice that offers a professional and modern style. It is especially popular in high-end kitchens and professional environments. Its main advantages are hygiene: Its non-porous surface is easy to clean and maintains high standards of hygiene. And durability: Corrosion and heat resistant, it is ideal for a heavy-duty kitchen.

Why Choose Us to Renovate Your Kitchen?

At our company, we believe that a kitchen should be the heart of the home, a place where beauty and functionality meet. If you are considering renovating your kitchen, contact us and discover how we can help you create a unique space.

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