An espresso kitchen island is defined by its dark, rich wood finish — the darker, the better. And, just like the super-caffeinated drink it's named after, it packs a punch all on its own. But like a shot of espresso in a well-made cappuccino or latte (bear with me), a deep, dark island is often made even better and more interesting when mixed with the right design elements: paint, pendants, and textiles, to name a few.
Have an espresso kitchen island, or planning to install one? Here are eight ways to pull off the look without weighing down your culinary space.
1. Counter with glass.
2. Incorporate shelving.
3. Add a rug.
4. Pair with pale gray.
While you might be tempted to go all dark in your culinary space, don't. Limit yourself to a deep, dark, statement-making espresso kitchen island, then pair with a palette of soft, warm grays for a room that's surprisingly serene.