Two of a kind; double or nothing; two peas in a pod… When a duo has this many dedicated idioms, you know you’re onto something. If you think two is always better than one, then you’ll love the latest trend in kitchen design: double islands. While that might seem like overkill (and certainly won’t work in every space), this over-the-top setup is actually quite practical, letting you dedicate one surface to meal prep (and all the mess that entails) and another. lunch, homework, art projects, or homework (and all the clutter this involved). Curious how to make the pair look pretty and cohesive? Check out these inspiring spaces with two kitchen islands to double the fun.
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When it comes to the kitchen of this sprawling Florida bachelor pad, designer Lauren Liess juxtaposed light and dark materials — coral stone, sharp cypress wood — to set the two islands apart. The rest of the space has been kept intentionally symmetrical, with reclaimed beams and a quad of pendant lights above.
When designing the Nashville home of country music star Thomas Rhett and his wife, designer April Tomlin focused on creating a kitchen space that could accommodate the couple’s penchant for entertainment. A pair of double islands – a traditional, dining table – provide a place to cook, share a bite to eat, or simply sip a morning cup of coffee.
A surefire way to make a large kitchen even more regal? Add a pair of rich wood islands! In this Utah home designed by the Alice Lane team, glamorous finishes (like high-gloss cabinetry and brass fixtures) meet their match with a duo of islands covered in stained butcher block. a rich walnut.
Classics are classic for a reason – and they get even punchier if you double the fun. In this Nashville kitchen designed by Sarah Rogers and April Tomlin, Caesarstone and the White Isles mirror each other, providing back-to-back spots for the four kids in the house to debrief after school or help cook dinner.
The two islands of this Massachusetts designed by Kelly McGuill are not only pleasing to the eye, they are also extremely functional. The owner is a baker, so the island closest to the oven serves as a dough-kneading station, thanks to a cool-to-the-touch quartz top (to keep the butter from melting) and a hidden shelf below that raises a Counter-height stand mixer for easy prep work.
To keep a sprawling Connecticut kitchen from feeling underutilized, designers Leia T. Ward and Lauren Vallario chose to install two complementary, yet very different, islands in the space. The smaller of the pair focuses on function, with a sink and plenty of space for meal prep and groceries, while the larger waterfall iteration offers enough seating for eight (!!) hungry guests.
Although not technically double islands, this kitchen by Sara Hillery masters the same effect, thanks to the inclusion of a true kitchen island and an expansive peninsula. Both spots feature sinks and stools, increasing the available work and entertaining space and making this home the place to host holiday gatherings.
Don’t have room for two separate islands, but still want to tap into the versatile nature of the trend? Consider installing two different countertop materials on one island! Here, designer Jocelyn Chiappone has taken a Jekyll and Hyde approach, covering half the island in Calacatta Bluette marble and the other half in end-grain butcher block in a masterful display of form and function. .
While most dual-island iterations see the structures oriented vertically to each other, you can also juxtapose them horizontally, an especially great option if your home has a long, skinny footprint. In this Long Island kitchen, designer Danielle Fennoy has combined an island and an island-height table to create a flexible area suitable for chopping, working, and buffet entertaining.
While a large kitchen footprint is useful if you’re considering dueling islands, it’s not a must. Case in point? This sleek, petite space by designer Jessica Bradley boasts two nearly identical slender islands with a breezeway in between.
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