Contemporary kitchen design with freestanding kitchen island cart and modern brass chandelier on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Devol Kitchens)

Some of us have New Year’s resolutions about food; some of us even have lifelong resolutions about it. Cooking is one of the best ways to engage with a resolution. For tons of my family members, cooking is a meditative experience, and for me, preparing and sharing a meal with friends or family is an important way for us to connect. None of this is possible without a proper kitchen, and few kitchens are really complete without a good kitchen island! Far from being a place to be marooned and alone, it’s a multitasker ready to hold a floral arrangement and breakfast for two, hors d’oeuvres for a horde, or a fleet of cutting boards (Check Kitchenistic for their cutting boards review) for any occasion. That’s not to mention that they’re a much more flexible way to add a personal touch and a clear expression of your personal style.

While many kitchen islands are built into a kitchen design, sometimes a kitchen is lacking in this department and may need support from a freestanding piece (large or small) to bring that extra functionality to this important workspace. Luckily there are some fabulous options out there, ranging in size and price, and even some that really do look built-in. Find my favorite freestanding kitchen islands and carts below!


Marble-top kitchen island cart on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(French Kitchen Island)

Modern marble-top kitchen island with storage on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(Marble Top Island)

Large marble freestanding kitchen island with storage on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(Large French Kitchen Island)

Farmhouse kitchen island cart with mint green mixer on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(Belmont Kitchen Island)


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