Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Island Fever

Good morning........  I have island fever. Kitchen islands that is. As my kitchen is really starting to come together (so excited) and I will admit it is every bit the vision I had hoped it would be, I have allowed myself to start thinking about what will go where and of course how I will accessorize. I am not one that likes a lot of 'stuff' on my countertops but do like some strategically placed beautiful objects particularly on the island. I also want the beautiful marble that I have had to lose many nights sleep over, gain 10 pounds over and argue with hubby over work hard to get to really shine, its so beautiful! My island is quite large and will definitely need a few things to warm it up and give it a sense of scale and proportion to the room. I have been playing around with different ideas in my head, and have been thinking of adding a few tall/big items, ideally a pair (I am big into pairs and symmetry) and then some smaller lower items to balance it. In my thinking, I started getting a lot of online inspiration and thought this could make for an interesting post. So what do you put on your island? How do you like to decorate a kitchen island? All thoughts welcome! Do you have a favorite?

Clive Christian placed a few decorative objects including a pretty soup tureen
A great example of how pretty fruit and vegetables look along with the added height and punch of color from a tall flower arrangement, Downsview
Love this rustic island with a pretty bucket of flowers and the baskets lining the lower shelf
I think a big long bowl of fruit works well especially on a long island
Scattered bowls of colorful fruit and two interesting cube lights grace this large island, Deane
In a tone on tone kitchen, a bright pop of yellow and lime are a great accent, De Cesare Design
Love something tall next to  smaller objects, it adds perspective and interest
A big cutting board, a few strategically placed bowls are all you need in this stunner of a kitchen
Always like a container with lemons for a pop of color, seems to work in any kitchen, Palm Designs
A pretty silver wine cooler, pair of candlesticks, a stack of plates and a carving board all add differing degrees of heights 
A tall compote of fruit balances a beautiful arrangement on this island, Woodmode
An island this grand should have all kinds of goodies gracing it! Jonathan Wallen photo
Adding a very tall element is a dramatic way to jazz up an island...and what a beautiful island it is!
How about this? A huge long custom cutting board covering the entire face of the island? Home Inspiration
A tall clouche is a nice decorative touch in this European feeling kitchen, Beverly Ellsley
A pretty pail of wild flowers and a cutting board add some interest to this pretty island, Homebunch blog
Always like a pair of topiaries and a basket of fruit or flowers, Decorpad
Beautiful crystal and an elegant ormolu container of flowers always do the trick,Clive Christian
A pair of round glass jugs and  a simple dish of lemons, Palm Design
Thom Filicia placed a pair of hurricanes and a large driftwood bowl on this pretty island
Fresh flowers always work on any island, any color and any size De Cesare Design group
On a very long island, it looks great to have a few different accessories spread out as shown here
A great big bowl of fruit works beautifully on this rustic island, For the home
A pretty brass container flowers graces this amazing butchers block, Jonathan Wallen photo
One of my all time faves that has provided some inspiration for my own kitchen, this fabulous island by Arnold Palmer displays a grouping of pretty decorative objects
A trio of vases with flowers was used on this pretty island, Coastal Living
A pot rack hanging above makes it less necessary to have too much happening on the countertop
Though there is a lot going on in this gorgeous kitchen, I do think the tray with grapes and fruit on the island looks really pretty, Downsview
Classic clean white gets a few bowls with fruit, less is more, Simplified Bee
A pretty silver dish on an island is an elegant touch, Decorpad
Bowls of fruit and a low vase with flowers were used to add a little something
A beautiful potted plant or orchid always works, Clive Christian
Love blue and white in any kitchen and this pretty tiered piece with the grapes is perfect for an island, Downsview
A tall vase of florals and a bowl of fresh produce looks great and uncluttered on this pretty island, McCoppin Studios
A trio of pretty herb topiaries adds nice height to the island in this stunning kitchen, Nathan Egan
Love this island, with the inset marble, the parquet top is enough pretty without needing a single other thing! Stacy Branford Photography
Dana Wolter used some earthy looking accessories to give a little texture and color to this island
A pretty jug of fresh flowers on top an island is such a nice way to bring the outdoors in, Beverly Ellsley
I like seeing a few pieces of pottery or china on an island of different heights, Habersham
A tall arrangement of flowers next to a few shorter objects always looks good, Garth kitchens
I like the way the apple green really pops on this dark island, Mick de Guilio
A floral bouquet and rooster in porcelain are added here for some warmth, JEM wookworking
Amazing what a simple bowl of colorful fruit can do, Tip junkie
Sometimes one simple tray or container containing several objects is the way to go, Decorpad
I like adding greenery, this was done well with the topiaries and artichokes, Haus Design
A small shock of color like this cobalt blue cake plate is a way to liven things up!
Love the way yellow and green give such a vibrant pop to this dark base white marble topped island, beautiful!
Pretty crystal and silver objects grace this gorgeous island

So what are your island design and decorating secrets? Do you have a particular way you like to design a kitchen island? What works? Would love to know all your secrets and tricks of the trade! Wishing you have an enchanted day!