Smart kitchen island measurements: If your kitchen is less than 8 feet wide and 12 feet long, don't even think about an island. You need 36 inches between the island's perimeter and cabinetry. For two cooks, you'll want an island at least 4 feet long and a little more than 2 feet deep. | Photo: Mark Luthringer | thisoldhouse.com
This large center island features black cabinetry and neutral granite countertops. Not only does it provide extra prep space, but with two counter heights, it has a bar top for eating or laying out a buffet. Black pendant lights add an industrial touch to the space.