In Island kitchens, the island is the central focus and organizing principle. Sometimes one side of the island is for working and the other side is for casual dining. A kitchen island can be a cheap and attractive way to expand your counter space. An island can also help you add a second sink, dishwasher or oven to your kitchen. Today, a homeowner has the option of islands made of the same materials as the base cabinets and countertops for an integral look. On the other hand, the latest trend is leaning back towards a freestanding look, with upper cabinets, base cabinets, and countertops materials in a mix of and colours.