Kitchen Island: What’s Your Type?

Kitchen islands have the power to transform the heart of your home.  Gathering, eating, preparing, and displaying food are just a few ways to enjoy a kitchen island.  As a  Minneapolis & St. Paul kitchen designer, we have seen kitchen islands evolve over the years and know how important it is to choose the right design.  The National Association of Home Builders reported that 76% of home buyers consider a kitchen island essential.

Not sure what kitchen island type is best for your kitchen remodel? Read on to see some of our favorite kitchen island designs that brought both function and beautiful focal points to our client’s kitchens.


If you like to entertain or you have a large family, a double island is for you!  Not only does it allow for your cooking and prep space to be separate from your eating space, but it also brings a grand elegance to your room!   

⇒ See more photos of this stunning Lakeville, MN kitchen remodel


Lakeville MN kitchen remodel Black Kitchen Island

Contrasting kitchen islands are for homeowners that want to add a new color or texture to their room.  And boy does it POP!  Note how the contrast of the island, relative to the cabinetry, brings personality, and visual interest to our Blue-tiful Rosemount, MN kitchen remodel project below.

Blue Kitchen Island Rosemount  MN Kitchen Remodel


Rolling, portable islands are the perfect solution to space-challenged kitchens.  They are versatile, customizable, and affordable!  You can use them while cooking and entertaining and then roll them off when you need the extra kitchen space.  Skeptical?  Learn how we incorporated the rolling kitchen island pictured here into a Bloomington, MN kitchen remodel project, delivering much-desired island workspace within the confines of a smaller kitchen footprint.

Rolling Kitchen Island Movable Kitchen Island Bloomington MN Kitchen Remodel


Lakeville Kitchen Remodel Large Kitchen Island

A larger, multi-purpose island allows you to socialize along with preparing, cooking, and cleaning up meals.  Throw in crafting and doing homework while you’re at it; these islands can do it all!  Whether your island includes a prep sink, range top, smart storage, seating, or other features, a large multi-purpose island is ideal for those wanting an authentic ‘grand kitchen’ feel and functionality.

Burnsville MN Kitchen Remodel Large Kitchen Island
⇒ Love the bright, contemporary feel of this project? Check out all the photos of this Burnsville, MN kitchen remodel.


Two-tiered kitchen islands offer so many functional and aesthetic benefits. When it comes to design, they can be used to help frame an open space. Sometimes, when removing interior walls, a kitchen can feel like it’s left engulfed by the larger space.  Using a two-tier shaped kitchen, like in our Rustic Elegance Twin Cities kitchen remodel project pictured below, a two-tiered island can provide structure to a kitchen space, acting as a wall might, but without closing off the room. In terms of functional benefits, a two-tiered island allows for raised seating without obstructing workspace and is helpful for using as a buffet when entertaining.

Kitchen remodel by White Birch Design, A Lakeville MN based remodeler  Featuring A Two Tier Kitchen Island



Not sure how to find the right island for your home?  Our team is well-versed in the latest trends in kitchen islands and is ready to help you create a new and improved space!  From concept to completion, we take pride in guiding you through the process of creating the kitchen of your dreams.  Located in Lakeville, White Birch Design LLC, is a full-service design/build/remodeling company specializing in bath, kitchen & basement design and remodeling projects. Contact us to start a conversation about transforming your home. Let us help you love where you live!

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