kitchen island style

Choose a kitchen island style

Fixed or mobile, a kitchen island not only adds to function in a kitchen, it also adds texture and style. The difficulty in choosing a kitchen island is selecting the right style and materials to complement your existing kitchen. In this feature we look at selecting a style that fits your kitchen.


There are many options to choose from when it comes down to choosing a kitchen island. Materials for countertops ranging from Travertine (above) to a wide selection of manufactured and natural materials.

Here is South Africa, wood countertops haven’t quite received the same acclaim as in other countries. Perhaps due to their cost and the fact that most of the timber used in these countertops is imported, which ultimately reduces their value as a sustainable product. But there’s no denying that wood countertops offer a countertop option with natural beauty and warmth.

One of the most affordable countertop alternatives is to make your own or buy one that fits in with the style of the kitchen. Stainless steel tables, whether fixed or mobile, allow for more flexibility in a busy kitchen and take up far less space than a fixed kitchen island.

Quartz or Caesarstone Countertops

Quartz countertops are chosen for their contemporary good looks and choice of options. These stain-resistant countertops offer a durable surface that is both heat- and stain-resistant. Although not as expensive as granite countertops, quartz is more expensive than other countertop options.

Granite Countertops

Granite is a popular choice for kitchen countertops, based on good looks and natural strength. Although one of the more expensive options, granite will add to the value of a home.

When installing granite countertops – do your homework. Ask installers for references on previous projects, as there are some suppliers that do not correctly seal granite and this can allow granite to become permanently stained.