Kitchen islands provide so many benefits in the kitchen: from food prep to dropping the groceries after shopping. One of the most enjoyable uses is that of a gathering place around the host (or around Mom & Dad, as is the daily routine at our home). The guests and children sit on stools that have varying degrees of “foot rest” and for the younger socialites this means having a drum on which to kick and pitter-patter against the back of the island. Utilizing interesting tile design in this location offers a great defense against scuff marks. While this may not work in every design, it is definitely worth considering when designing your dream kitchen.