White Kitchen Islands: A Classic Workspace for Every Style

White kitchen islands anchor a cook space, and are dependable in function and style

white waterfall kitchen island with wood cabinets

Look no further for inspiration for your cook space than a white kitchen island. Large or small, it helps bring unity to the space and a sense of dimension. White can blend effortlessly into a similar color palette. Or, it can pop in the middle of a bold background.

Of course, it also offers an extra work surface and can hold a sink or appliance. Here, five Sweeten renovators who decided that a white island is just what their kitchen needed. 

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The beauty of a waterfall

white kitchen cabinets and stainless steel appliances and hardwood floor and waterfall marble island with pendant lights and white walls after renovation

For Erin and Jonathan, their West Village apartment in Manhattan needed some work. They focused on the kitchen. It was functional but didn’t really match their style. Their Sweeten contractor also revamped the layout to make the best use of the space. 

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At the top of their list was a white kitchen island. And not just any ordinary one. One that would make a statement. They selected a quartz with a marble-like design. The white color makes the space brighter and more modern. It is also proof that you don’t need a huge kitchen to have a kitchen island. 

Ample space for entertaining

Being an avid entertainer, Ann needed a kitchen that could accommodate her social gatherings. Enlisting the help of architect Daniel Gomez, the dark and dated ’60s kitchen transformed into modern day.  

The faux-brick backsplash was removed and the layout opened up. That freed up room to add a spacious white kitchen island with seating. It was not just a statement piece, it was also functional. It provided added storage space for all of Ann’s culinary accessories. Plus, it’s home to a beverage cooler—an added perk of convenience.

Elongated for effect


Actress Danielle Brooks hired the designers AphroChic to help with the vision for her Brooklyn brownstone. It was her first home (she rented previously) and was excited for it to match her taste. Her vibe: glamourous with a nod to her cultural heritage. 

A long white kitchen island acts as the perfect neutral flanked by saturated color, pattern, and texture. On one end, the living room is outfitted with marigold silk curtains and an emerald green velvet sofa. At the other end of the island sits the dining table with gray velvet chairs in gold hardware.

Calacatta white island for the win

A small, enclosed nook that acted as a kitchen. A fridge that was technically outside of the cooking space. Outdated appliances. All were reasons that Amy and Nick decided to renovate. Their Sweeten contractor helped them open up the space with a white kitchen island with seating for four.

“We wanted the kitchen island to be a centerpiece of the room, and looked for a surface that was beautiful to fill the space,” says Amy. They found one. The waterfall counter is fabricated from white Calacatta gold marble. The couples’ favorite part is the pattern. “We just love the contrasting veins and its uniqueness,” admires Amy.

Encased in white

open kitchen with wooden cabinets and stainless steel appliances and parquet flooring and cabinets around refrigerator after renovation

Sarah and Becky hired a contractor from Sweeten to update their condo’s kitchen. The space was great—it had a good amount of square footage. However, the appliances and cabinetry were outdated. Their contractor helped them reconfigure the space to include one of the wishlist items: a kitchen island.

The island is a sleek addition as an anchor or hub. The natural wood base is elegantly enclosed in a blizzard-white waterfall countertop that extends along the sides to the floor. The inspiration for this style of island came from a previous project. “I had redone my radiator covers and my windowsills with white slabs and I thought it would look nice to match that,” Sarah said.

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