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November 08, 2021

Decorating a Kitchen Island for Every Season

Kitchen Island

Redecorating some spaces in your home as the season changes is only natural, whether that be swapping out artwork in your living room or changing your bedding set in the bedroom. However, the kitchen is an area that’s easy to overlook in the redecorating process. The kitchen is often seen as more practical space than one used to help define your home style. With a little work, it can be both! These kitchen island design ideas will help you decorate for every season.

Choosing an Island

If you don’t already have a kitchen island to decorate, the first step is to pick one out! Since the goal is to be able to swap out decor and refresh the look of your kitchen island as needed, picking a piece that fits into your current interior design style (and overall aesthetic of your kitchen) is the way to go.

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Less is More

When it comes to decorating a kitchen island, less is more. Filling it with too much decor is counterproductive and will make using it for its intended purpose difficult. Changing out a handful of carefully chosen items is more than enough!

Grapes and limes on table

Pictured Above: Int’l Furniture Antique Kitchen Mini Island

Keep Practicality in Mind

When looking at kitchen island design ideas, keep in mind what you will be using your kitchen island for on a day-to-day basis. Whether you plan on using it as extra space for cooking and preparing meals or as a place to gather around and enjoy eating dinner, your kitchen island decor shouldn’t get in the way.

Take Your Kitchen Island’s Features into Account

Every kitchen Island is different, which offers unique design opportunities depending on what you have in your kitchen. Besides using the countertop as a decoration space, consider what other aspects of your island could be utilized. Features such as shelves and display cabinets offer additional design opportunities to refresh the look of your kitchen!

Kitchen island with towel

Pictured Above: Ashley Boderidge Black Island

Kitchen Island Design Ideas for Every Season

There are so many kitchen island design ideas to customize the look of your space around every season. Following these ideas allow you to give your kitchen island a fresh look without completely overhauling your space!


Houseplants are all the rage and a perfect addition to your kitchen island. There are so many options to choose from based on the season, and they have plenty of added benefits as well.



This idea is both stylish and tasty! Grab your favorite bowl and fill it with whatever fruit is in season. Not only does this make for an appealing centerpiece on your kitchen island’s countertop, but it provides a quick and easy snack on-demand!


Holiday Decor

Who doesn’t love holiday decor? The kitchen island is an easy-to-overlook spot to place it! Small items like a decorative pumpkin around Halloween, a cornucopia for Thanksgiving, or your favorite winter holiday ornaments and decor make for the perfect finishing touch to any kitchen island.

Christmas gnome and sign

Fall filler and pumpkins

Wine and Drinkware

Some kitchen islands include a wine rack, which is a perfect opportunity to mix-up your kitchen island! Certain wines pair well with certain seasons based on their color and taste, so switching them out to match the current time of year is a fun idea that will make any guest view you as a sommelier!

Black kitchen island

Pictured Above: Steve Silver Aspen Island


Kitchens smell good and candles smell good, making them the perfect pairing! Swap out candles on your kitchen island to produce incredible seasonal aromas. Imagine walking into your kitchen in spring to the smell of a fresh flowers, a tropical ocean breeze in the summer, and pumpkin in the fall. It’s simple but so effective!

Woodwick candle


Displaying your favorite dishes and dinnerware is a natural fit for a kitchen island. Whether you choose to center your island by placing it on top, or by utilizing the open shelves or display cabinets many kitchen islands have, swapping out dishes with different colors and designs based around the seasons is always a good option.

Colorful dishes and dinnerware


You’re already probably swapping out older, used towels for fresh new ones (at least we hope so!), why not take it to the next level by using them as seasonal kitchen island decor? Many kitchen islands include a towel rack on the side, making this a convenient way to embrace the seasons.

Kitchen island with towel

Pictured Above: Int’l Furniture Stone Kitchen Mini Island

Looking for inspiration throughout your home? Check out our guide to Easy Swappable Seasonal Decor Ideas!

A kitchen island isn’t just a place to gather around for dinner or counter space for cooking; it’s the perfect opportunity to refresh the look of your kitchen! These kitchen island design ideas will help you stylishly transition through the seasons!


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