​6 Popular Kitchen Island Trends to Try

If you’re looking to add more functionality, storage, or seating to your kitchen (maybe all three!), an island may be just the ticket. These days, kitchen islands are anything but cookie-cutter. They come in all different shapes, sizes, finishes, and with an array of features to fit the needs of your kitchen and family.
At TheRTAStore.com you’ll find more than 300 different options for kitchen islands and carts. Big or small, traditional or industrial, there’s one for every taste. Here’s a round-up of 6 of the latest kitchen island trends:
Bye-bye, Bulk.
Even tight kitchens have space for an island thanks to slimmer, trimmer, and more portable designs. Take the Lafayette Portable Kitchen Island for example. It’s got all the bells and whistles of a traditional island, just in a more compact size. There’s countertops for food prep, a towel bar, plus a drawer and cabinets for extra storage. You can even wheel it away when you need extra space. Want even more space savvy options? There are islands with optional stool storage when you need more seating, but don’t want it to take up space all day.
Hello, Stainless Steel.
While we love the traditional look of granite and marble, stainless steel is becoming a desirable countertop material. Stainless steel’s best trait? It prevents the build-up of bacteria, making it a hygienic, low maintenance choice! Stainless is also easy to wipe down and can be directly cut on. Love the idea of stainless steel? The Cambridge Stainless Steel Top Island may just be the perfect option.
Industrial Edge.
Industrial design is on trend right now and has made its way into the kitchen. Stainless island countertops are a great way to give your kitchen that industrial vibe. The Roots Rack Industrial Kitchen Cart marries stainless steel and wood for a less traditional, but very industrial look. This beautiful kitchen cart has three adjustable shelves and brushed nickel hardware.
Bold Colors.
Islands are becoming a favorite place to add a pop of color in the kitchen. A bright, colorful island brings personality and functionality to the space. Repaint your current one or we recommend the Culinary Prep Kitchen Cart in Red for a spunky addition. This portable cart is equipped with three adjustable shelves, easy storage for knives, and a spice rack!
Extra seating.
These days kitchen tables are getting the boot. Home experts say islands are becoming the new gathering place in the kitchen. Extra seating room is a popular addition to make room for family and friends. If your kitchen is on the small or narrow side, consider an island where stools or seats can be stored out of the way.
Custom built-ins.
“Have it your way” isn’t just a slogan for a popular burger chain anymore. It’s becoming a popular trend in kitchen island design. Islands are being outfitted and tailored for specific needs and hobbies. Love wine? The Alexandria Wine Island has built-in storage for 20 bottles of wine! When you’re entertaining, the attached wine service mount makes refreshing guests’ glasses easy.