Dark Wood Kitchen Islands

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If your kitchen lacks enough cupboards to store things, a kitchen island may solve your problems. A kitchen island can do more than give you a center prep area. It can provide extra open and closed shelves, drawers, and even clever organizing options like a spice rack or wine rack. They can also be more than functional. We've chosen four beautiful wood kitchen islands that are stained or painted with a dark finish. The dark finish creates contrast with any white or light wood perimeter cabinets, making it a focal point in your kitchen. 

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Updated 08/06/2022
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Dark Wood Kitchen Island with Drop Leaves

Dark Wood Kitchen Island with Drop Leaves

Canora Grey

Crafted from solid and manufactured rubberwood, this dark wood kitchen island has plenty of storage. The base cabinet measures 66.25" long by 42.25" deep and stands 36" high. Two drop leaves sit on either end of the island and can be lifted to provide a longer work surface or a place to sit.

$2000 $3605.98

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This stunning wood kitchen island cabinet is painted black and has a medium brown stained top. Four turned posts at the corners, and bun feet give this island its traditional styling. The front and back of the cabinet have a combination of closed and opening shelving. Both sides also have two drawers, each with iron knobs. Use the shallow shelves on the end to display decorative items.

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Dark Wood Stained Kitchen Island

Dark Wood Stained Kitchen Island

Williston Forge

This stained kitchen island is made from wood and metal in a unique distressed chestnut finish. Old-fashioned castor wheels make it handy for rolling in and out of place. The storage space includes slatted baskets, drawers and an open slatted shelf. Partial assembly is required on this 220 lb island.

$1779.99 $1869.99

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At 52" long by 24" wide, this dark wood-stained kitchen island can fit in a smaller kitchen area. Keep 42" between the front of your perimeter cabinets and all sides of the island. This gives you enough space for working and walking through the aisle. The detailing makes it look like it was found in a vintage shop, with its slatted wood basket drawers and slatted base.

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Black Wood Kitchen Island

Black Wood Kitchen Island

Red Barrel Studio®

Made from sustainable solid rubberwood, this dark wood kitchen island's base is painted black. The natural wood color countertop is made of a solid 2.5 cm thick rubberwood countertop that resists water damage. Measures 44.6" long by 17.7" deep and stands 32.5" high. Weighs 68.34 lbs when fully assembled.

$235.99 $309.99

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The handy size of this dark kitchen island stands on four wheels. Two of them are lockable, and they can all rotate 360°. This lets you easily move it anywhere you need. Keep it in the kitchen as a central work area, or drive it into your dining area for a temporary buffet station. It can even be placed on your back patio while you're entertaining friends. A spice rack is located on one end and a towel rack on the other.

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Rustic Dark Oak Wood Kitchen Island

Rustic Dark Oak Wood Kitchen Island

Union Rustic

The base of this dark oak wood kitchen island is made from two 30" cabinets. Each cabinet measures a standard 24" deep and includes a 4" high drawer. Two doors on each cabinet hide two handy pullout drawers. The barnwood-edged, laminate top measures 36" by 60" and overhangs to create a place for bar stools.

$4899.99 $7379

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Crafted from authentic reclaimed red oak from the 1800s, this dark wood kitchen island shows natural wood knots and grain. Even though the countertop is made from a durable laminate, it looks just as rustic as the rest of the island. Keep the look going by displaying lots of natural wood in the rest of your kitchen with live edge cutting boards and wood bowls. 

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Dark Wood Kitchen Islands

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Yes, you can definitely match a dark wood kitchen island with light colored furniture!

In fact, this is a great idea from a decorative point of view: it will help you create a pleasant contrasting effect that’s still balanced and doesn’t feel overwhelming.

On the contrary, having a dark wood kitchen island with dark furniture could create a busy look and make your room feel a bit smaller, so matching a dark wood kitchen island with light colored furniture is actually the safest option.

The best color countertop for a dark wood kitchen island is a contrasting hue like white, either solid or in a simple, minimalist finish.

This is because it’ll help you create a balanced feel and prevent your kitchen from looking too heavy, whereas a darker countertop wouldn’t really stand out.

Yes! We’ve been seeing a renewed interest in dark wood kitchen island units, possibly because they bestow a very dramatic, modern feel to any kitchen they’re in.

They also look good with a variety of cabinet and trim colors, which makes it easy to switch up the look of your kitchen without having to replace or paint expensive cabinetry.

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