Adding Contrasting Color To Your Kitchen Island

Your kitchen is the center of activity where friends and family often gather. For this reason, it’s important the design feels warm and welcoming. Your island is central to your kitchen, serving as a centerpiece that draws the eye. Adding a contrasting island color is a great way to add personality and visual interest.

Choosing the right color 

Consider the color scheme throughout your home. If you have an open floor plan where your kitchen is adjacent to another living space, incorporate the same accent color throughout in details such as fabrics, accent pieces, or art you wish to highlight.

As an initial inspiration, you may look to existing features for undertones in surfaces such as countertops and backsplash.  For example, you may draw inspiration for your color palette from striations and variations in marble, which can present hints of amber, pale blue and even indigo.


Photo Left: Our client’s Annapolis home we recently completed. The blue island pops against white cabinets, with hues hinting at blue on the natural marble countertop.  Photo Right: A muted green island surrounded by white cabinets.

Granite and other natural stones come in a multitude of earthy tones, which may inspire a more muted palette.  Charcoal grey, ochre, and sage are rich neutrals that, when paired with bright white cabinetry, create a warm and sophisticated palette.

Photo: A neutral palette can still have interest. Drawing from the colors of the granite, this island makes a dark bold statement.

Finishing Touches

Adding a pop of color is all about striking a balance.  Incorporating bits of your chosen color to your décor such as dish towels, canisters and floor mats is essential.  This attention to detail will ensure your design is cohesive and intentional. If you are interested in a color consultation with our design team, connect with us by sending us a message.