Published at Sunday, October 29th 2017. by Beal Guerin in Kitchen Island.
Similarly, a silky black stone (or stone-look) countertop is a nice foil to a light wood-colored island, just as a crisp, stark-white countertop would add a fabulous color pop above an all-black island base. Perhaps its most redeeming quality: black kitchen island countertops are great for hiding small flaws like fingerprints, stains, scratches and spills.
White countertops often get a reputation for being high-maintenance. Stark-white surfaces are known for showing every crumb or being more prone to show a stain. That's not necessarily the case, though. Keep in mind that the look of your countertop depends largely on the type of surface you use, from stone and stone-look countertops to solid wood options.
Complement your vintage kitchen island with a variety of textured surfaces, like an exposed-brick backsplash or brick-pattern floors. Colorful retro appliances are also back in vogue—such as 50s-inspired refrigerators available in a wide range of shades from pastel green to cherry red and buttercup yellow.
Regardless of which French expression you're inspired by, be true to your style, and make sure the color, texture and shape of the kitchen island are consistent with the rest of your kitchen.
One of the easiest ways to add modern flair to the kitchen island: choose a signature color (think tangerine orange or lipstick red) to distinguish the space. Whether or not that color is repeated in another kitchen design element is up to you—there's no rule that says an island's counter (or color) needs to match its counterparts on the perimeter of the kitchen.
You can also experiment with various antique kitchen island styles by matching them with retro or modern pieces to add your own touch of flair. Brightly colored stools paired with an antique wooden island or the addition of seats with textured materials are easy ideas for matching current trends with styles of the past. These are, of course, just two ideas for pairing the old with the new in antique kitchen design.