Our kitchen doesn’t have an island — we just use a table — but we’ve noticed a lot of attractive new designs lately. The key seems to be detailing on the outward facing part and a thick top. It doesn’t necessarily have to be fancy — just a few vertical battens can change the look. After the jump, some more examples. If you click on a photo, you will be directed to the source. Please tell us what kind of kitchen island you prefer (or none?) and post your own photos and inspirations below.