Published at Sunday, October 29th 2017. by Beal Guerin in Kitchen Island.
French-style kitchens come in many styles and forms. The key to finding—or designing—the perfect French kitchen island lies in the nuances. Whether your inspiration is a Parisian bistro (think black-and-white color scheme with a subway tile backsplash and industrial-style pendant lighting) or French country (light-colored, furniture-style cabinetry with an antiqued or distressed finish), you'll want to find just the right balance to pour on the European charm.
If repurposed items are available to you, then you might want to consider constructing a kitchen island from old barn doors and topped with a glossy pine counter. Dressers and desks that have been given a subtle shabby chic look can also work well in these rustic kitchen island designs.
The most important part of choosing a white kitchen island for your space is balancing this simple piece with bold accents, whether it be with colorful bar stools or sunny yellow shelving. These accents will help liven up the design while maintaining an otherwise neutral color scheme.
Looking to add vintage flair to your kitchen island? One of the simplest ways is to repurpose a piece of vintage furniture—think a paint-peeling desk, a well-worn dresser or a flea-market find. Adding vintage character to the salvaged piece can be as simple as sanding and re-staining, or as elaborate as retrofitting the island with new shelves and fabric-insert cabinet doors.
Pre-made antique-inspired designs can be purchased at plenty of home stores, but garage sales and online auctions are some of the best spots for finding these pieces. Consider checking your local newspaper for estate sales or multi-family sales where you might be able to discover furniture that would be ideal for an antique kitchen island design. Retro shopping sites, like Etsy, are also useful for finding these types of islands.
Other rustic kitchen island designs include wood with an antique or weathered look that adds a farm-to-table feel to the room. Freestanding kitchen islands with seating can be made from simple dark wood materials with stools placed on either side for family-style eating; this style works especially well in a rustic kitchen design.