Have you found that no matter how big your kitchen is, there never seems to be enough room? That no matter how you rearrange or redesign, you're still bumping into your partner or tripping over your children's feet? We feel you. Convenience is key for a seamless kitchen design, though — think storage galore, appliances within reach of one another, and plenty of working space. One convenience we particularly love, and maybe one you haven't considered before, is an island stovetop.
A stovetop on an island? Oh yes. Consider an island the perfect home for a stovetop, one where you can cook up dinner in front of your family or guests instead of turning your back on them. Be warned of a few downsides, though: You'll need to keep your cooking contained (as there's no backsplash) and smoke to a minimum (as there is often no range hood). You're also sacrificing some island space.
Still intrigued? Scroll on for eight beautiful kitchen islands with stovetops that'll inspire you to start construction tomorrow.
1. A Modern Take
What's white, wooden, and chic as hell? This kitchen from Regan Baker Design that features a white quartz island with a stovetop, as well as a singular open shelf which forces you to stay organized. Housing your stovetop on the island turns the whole space into a social hub, so you can cook and entertain simultaneously.
2. Something Electric
While many people prefer gas ranges for their precise heat source, think of the perks of glass or ceramic stovetops: They're easy to clean, and they can create a seamless design. For this Chango & Co. kitchen, black accents — from the pendant lighting to the cabinet pulls — tie this modern space together.
3. Bigger and Better
Look at all that counter space — what a luxury! You could cook up multi-course meals in this spacious kitchen from Alexis Manfer Interior Design. The layout, which focuses on the island with a gas range cooktop, will allow all of your sous chefs to work with you without anyone bumping elbows.
4. The Main Attraction
The symmetry of this bright and white kitchen, designed by Jenkins Interiors, is so satisfying. If you place the stovetop in the middle of the island and parallel to the sink in your own space, you'll be able to move easily from washing dishes to pan-frying with just a turn of a heel. Plus, an adjoining table that merges with the kitchen island will make it so you don't lose any sit-and-eat real estate.
5. A Stovetop for Every Style
Is your home aesthetic more farmhouse than modern? An island stovetop will pair well with a rustic look too, as evidenced by this Rachel Halvorson kitchen. (Hello subtle shiplap, we see you!) Here, a gas range makes for a social island where you can whip up dinner while your family or guests gather 'round.
6. One With a Hood
If you're prone to setting off the smoke alarms while cooking (no judgment), consider installing a range hood over your island stovetop. This Case Designs kitchen did just that, giving it the perfect pro chef vibe.
7. A Spot for Catching Up
If you're the entertaining type, you'll especially appreciate an island stovetop, so you can mix and mingle with your guests while putting the finishing touches on dinner. This Camille Styles design proves it's worth it to invest in quality counter stools, too. That way your guests (or the family) can slide up to the island for daily catchups.
8. The Neutral Classic
What's not to like about this Krissy Peterson kitchen? The glass pendant lights, sleek farmhouse sink, and integrated island stovetop all work together. Plus, the neutral shades, from light (the backsplash) to dark (the island) to in between (the wood floors), are so classic. The look feels current now and will still feel fresh a decade from now.