Each year, Houzz completes an in-depth survey of their users who have completed renovations on their home in the last 12 months or are planning to in the next few months, to learn about trends and preferences in a variety of project types. This year, the kitchen survey revealed a few interesting emerging design trends, including contrasting kitchen island cabinets. In fact, 41% of responders who were upgrading the island as part of their renovation selected a different cabinet finish from their wall cabinets for the island. Blue and gray were the preferred colors for nearly half of the responders.
Selecting a contrasting color for your island will add interest to the overall look of your kitchen. It can break up monotone or neutral color selections and define specific areas of your kitchen. You can choose something subtle or really go for a pop of color. It's also a great way to compromise when you can't decide between two finishes or if you want to try something a little out of your comfort zone.
Here are a few examples of kitchens we have designed with contrasting kitchen islands. Take a look and get inspired for your own remodel.