Does your kitchen have an island? As shown in the image above, kitchen islands offer a wealth of new counter space on which you can prepare -- as well as eat -- food. Aside from their functional benefits, though, they can also be used to invigorate your kitchen's decor. Below are five super simple ways to decorate your kitchen island and leverage the aesthetic-boosting benefits of this modern kitchen feature.
#1) Hang Pots and Pans
You obviously won't be able to hang pots and pans directly on your kitchen island. You can, however, install a hanging bar over your kitchen island for this purpose. After installing the hanging bar in the ceiling over your kitchen island, you can use it to store your pots and pans. The pots and pans will essentially dangle down over your kitchen island, adding a unique element to the surrounding decor.
#2) Free-Standing Spice Rack
Another simple way to decorate your kitchen island is to place a free-standing spice rack on it. Spice racks normally consist of small shelves that are installed on a wall or inside a cabinet wall. Free-standing spice racks differ in the sense that they don't require any mounting to a wall or other surface. Rather, they stand freely. As a result, you can place them just about anywhere in your kitchen, including your island, to enhance the decor.
#3) Fruit Basket
Fruit baskets are the perfect decorative accessory for a kitchen island. They cost less than $10 to create, and once placed on a kitchen island, will add a rainbow of colors to the decor. Just remember to choose a variety of colorful fruits like apples, oranges, bananas, etc. And if you rarely or never eat fruit, you can decorate your kitchen island with a basket filled with artificial fruit instead of real fruit.
#4) Colorful Dishware
A safe, time-tested way to decorate a kitchen island involves the use of colorful dishware. If you have a collection of high-end, multi-colored dishware, consider placing a few pieces on the surface of your kitchen island. You can arrange the colorful dishware on your kitchen island as if it were a small table.
#5) Jars or Containers
You can also decorate your kitchen island with a variety of jars or containers. If you're an avid home chef, you probably have several jars or containers in your kitchen, some of which may be filled with sugar, flour, baking soda, salt and more. Rather than storing these jars and containers in a cabinet, try placing them in the center of your kitchen island.