7 Waterfall Kitchen Islands That Go With the Flow in the Best Way

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Finally planning to renovate your kitchen into your culinary happy place? Then you'll probably need a waterfall kitchen island. Exactly what is that, though? Sometimes referred to as risers, waterfall islands typically consist of a horizontal edge, or counter, that extends vertically to the floor. The effect produces a super sleek and modern look that works with many kitchen designs. And we love the versatility.

They can work in farmhouse kitchens or midcentury ones; just be sure to pick a great material. Once you determine how you want the island to function (is it for dinner prep or a happy hour station?), you can pick out a specific waterfall kitchen island look.

Here are seven approaches that will make you want to start your kitchen reno right away.

1. Twin Falls

We can all dream, right? If you have the space, a double island is the perfect kitchen addition. And this double waterfall look from Studio McGee makes us want to host our very own cooking show. If you only have room for one in a small kitchen (we're with you), try matching the gray island base with your cabinet color and all-white counter tops for an open and timeless look.

2. Multitask

If you're ready to take the plunge with a waterfall kitchen island, consider getting one with added storage. It will keep all your cooking accessories organized and tidy. Plus, this look from Kate Marker has room for a much-needed drawer and seating.

3. The Perfect Fit

Tight on space? This rethink on a half waterfall kitchen island from Homedsgn still gives you a place to prep and dine. Plus, it's just as on-trend as a chic oval island. You can also recreate the look using wood or metal for just as much awesomeness.

4. Go for Drama

We love the drama of a black kitchen. When incorporating a waterfall island into a darker palette, consider a more dramatic look like terrazzo for your countertop. This version from House of Grey is dramatic but still fun.

5. Make It Functional, but Fab

If your waterfall island includes a cooktop and sink combo, keep the barstools at bay. This sophisticated design from Nordiska Kok with espresso cabinetry and dramatic marble is a master class in minimalism.

6. Keep It (Not So) Simple

It's okay to incorporate dark tones into the heart of your home even if it's unexpected. Take this black waterfall island from Studio McGee. The contrast with the light wood cabinets and floors is simply wow.

7. Showcase Your Stone

Investing in a waterfall kitchen island is major. The material you choose can be a huge splurge. That said, consider making your marble the kitchen star by going all white with the rest of your space.


As an Emmy Award winning creative director, writer and producer I have worked on content for brands like Disney, BravoTV, TBS, Universal, E! and MTV. But I mostly love rearranging furniture and repotting plants at home.

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