Fluted, reeded, and grooved kitchen islands: 15 inspiring ideas

Fluting is ideal for updating dated furniture or decorating your walls, but wait until you see the latest kitchen islands adorned with this trendy finish.

“These islands are characterised by their unique fluted design, which features vertical grooves or channels that run along the length of the island,” says Natasha Sabharwal, designer at Sheraton Interiors.

Sounds dreamy, right? Whether you’re designing a new space from scratch or long for an overdue kitchen refresh, choosing a grooved island will instantly elevate your scheme. And, as well as, enhancing your kitchen’s aesthetic, Natasha reckons fluted islands actually offer a number of practical benefits, too.

“One of the main advantages of a fluted island is that it adds texture and visual interest to the space,” she says. “The grooves in the island create a sense of depth and dimension, which can help to break up the monotony of a large, flat surface. This can be especially useful in open-plan kitchens, where the island serves as a focal point for the entire space.”

How to get the look:

Unpainted wooden grooves remain one of the go-to choices for fluted islands. “The rise in creating impact in the kitchen through well-considered visual effects is welcoming a variety of new furniture styles and finishes, with timber still topping the charts as industrial-style meshes with sustainably sourced materials,” says Matt Phillips, head of UK operations at Rotpunkt.

Wooden fluting is ideal for Scandinavian style kitchens, especially when paired with neutral cabinets, nature-inspired surfaces, and minimalist accessories. Or you could take it to the opposite spectrum with exposed materials and matt black finishes for an industrial edge.

However, adding fluted finishes to an island suits modern kitchens particularly well. “It’s a more contemporary alternative to traditional panelling such as tongue and groove, which you wouldn’t add to a contemporary scheme,” explains Rebecca Nokes, head of design and brand creative at John Lewis of Hungerford. “It’s an excellent way to add pattern, texture, and interest to your kitchen without having to go for a colour that might date or be harder to change,” she advises.

And, since we’re on the topic of colours, panelling is now available in a multitude of shades, so you are not constrained to the classic wood finish. Why not create physical moodboards with all your samples in order to find the right hue for your fluted island?

If you’re leaning towards a more elegant or glamorous kitchen style, you can still opt for a fluted island. But make sure to choose veiny surfaces for your worktops, modern tiles, and sleek appliances. For the finishing touches, add brass accents with handles and lighting, and decorate any open shelving with contemporary accessories.

To help get your creative juices flowing, we’ve compiled an inspiration gallery brimming with fluted, reeded, and grooved island ideas for any style, taste or budget.

Tactile kitchen island ideas:

Wood kitchens

colourful kitchen with fluted island
Create a fun design using tactile finishes, colourful units, and geometric tiles. Kanaga design by Wood Works Brighton.
modern kitchen design with grey cabinets, open shelving and fluted island
Achieve a contemporary look using statement surfaces, pared-back cabinetry, and modern matt black finishes. Kitchen design: Blakes London. Architect: Pencil and Brick. Interior design: Anna Hewitson Design. Photography: Jemma Watts.
Scandinavian kitchen with central island, veiny worktop, wooden bar stools and white cabinetry
Nail the Scandi look using the Skog cabinetry from Sola Kitchens. Designs start from £40,000.
Modern kitchen design with statement work surfaces, fluted cabinetry and central island
Into modern interiors? Opt for cabinetry adorned with reeded textures, statement marble surfaces, and brass lighting. Peggy wall small 05 light, £225, Gong. Interior design: Fanny Murat Architecture. Photography: Arnaud Kehon.
This Camden kitchen features reeded oak for added depth and texture. Ledbury Studio kitchens start from £70,000.
Japandi style kitchen with grooved wood
Add visual appeal to your kitchen with grooved wood. Bosca range in Amber Oak, price on application, Schmidt.
wood island with fluted doors
The curved island in the St Peters kitchen by West & Reid features fluted doors around the end of the island to create a tactile surface. Interior design: Indie & Co. Photography: Chris Snook.
panelled multi-level island
Achieve a pretty and practical design with the help of a panelled, multi-level island. East London Kitchen with oak slats by Goldfinch.

Colourful fluted islands

Colourful kitchen with navy units, reeded burgundy island and patterned tiles
Dare to go bold? We love this design by A New Day studio, which mixes dark Hølte cabinetry with a striking and colourful fluted island, and geometric tiles. Photography: Jemma Watts.
This Pangbourne Avenue project features a stunning island, painted in Little Greene‘s Aquamarine Deep 198, and the 4023 Topus Concrete by Caesarstone. Design: Kate Feather Kitchens. Styling: Anja Inderst. Photography: Birgit Mons.

Curved islands

Green kitchen featuring terrazzo worktops, a curved island and modern lighting
This elliptical island, wrapped around with curved fluted wood, has been designed to be in keeping with the arches of the windows and doors. The wall cupboards are pained in a soft moss green, complemented by terrazzo work surfaces. Sheraton Interiors kitchens start from £30,000. Photography: Marcus Peel.
Modern kitchen with gold and green units and a central curved island with a tactile finish
Tactile, curved islands are a great statement feature for any modern kitchen, as shown in the Loud House project by Loud Architects. Photography: Ron Lima.

Dark designs

Navy Shaker kitchen with fluted island and white, tactile pendant lights
Design a timeless kitchen with a twist with the help of classic cabinetry and a modern, tactile island. Shaker kitchen with fluted island, from £28,000, John Lewis of Hungerford.
Modern Shaker kitchen with dark island and accents of sage green
Add contrast to your scheme with the help of a dark, statement fluted island. The Heritage collection by Brandt Design starts from £25,000.
Black kitchen with light wood accents and built-in appliances
Why not mix and match light and dark kitchen units with a tactile effect for a contemporary look, such as the Memory RI door range designed with high-definition vertical grooves by Rotpunkt?

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