With white kitchens [still] all the rage, we’re starting to get bored of the sterility, the cleanliness (not so clean once you’ve cooked in it) and the nearly-bland sameness that comes with an all-white room. Fortunately, contrasting islands are also stylishly popular, breaking up the monotony of solid white.
A contrasting island is more effective than a similarly colored backsplash or fixture due to its sheer size. When paired with all- (or mostly) white perimeter cabinetry, a colorful island stands out dramatically, infusing an otherwise cold room with warmth, interest, and vibrancy.
Even a subtly contrasting island color pops against a white backdrop:
(We’re loving that negative-style contrast on the cabinets and counters!)