The kitchen is the center of our homes. So much of our lives takes place in this one space: from day-to-day family life, to supervising the kids’ homework, to work from home meetings and entertaining family and friends, we’re always in the kitchen. And we like to cook there, too!

If you are planning a kitchen renovation, you are probably trying to make choices for your kitchen countertops, cabinets and other selections that meet your functional needs for a busy and working kitchen and create a space that is beautiful and welcoming to all the purposes your kitchen serves.

A stand-out island is a great way to give your new kitchen a striking focal point. Here are three ideas for out of the ordinary kitchen islands:

  1. A Two-Tiered Island – With a two-tiered island, you add an extra dimension and visual interest in your kitchen. It is also a practical solution to differentiate workspace from eating space. The raised tier also obstructs the view of the workspace below, allowing your food prep area and its temporary mess to be hidden from view.
  2. A Waterfall Countertop Island – There are several different ways to accomplish the waterfall look. The stone can go down one side of the island, all sides of the island or can even give an art piece effect with an angular slope away from the cabinets all the way to the floor. The waterfall counter can be absolutely stunning, especially if you choose a stone with an interesting design. The veining can be matched across the top of the counter and cascading down the side.
  3. A Shaped Island – Whether it is oval, triangular or a unique, non-traditional shape that fits your space, a shaped island will be a visual surprise as guests enter your kitchen. You can work with your kitchen designer and fabricator to create a shape that fits your space and style that will make you smile every time you enter your kitchen.

If you are in the early stages of your project, we have resources available to help you plan your timeline. Then explore and learn about our large selection of stones to help you choose the countertop that will best suit your lifestyle and budget to make that beautiful island a reality in your new kitchen.

We invite you to visit our showrooms in Haverhill or West Bridgewater and see the beautiful natural stone, quartz and porcelain surfaces we offer. We know you’ll find the right countertop to make your kitchen the centerpiece of your home.