Published at Sunday, October 29th 2017. by Fabien Jean in Kitchen Island.
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.
Bistro-style kitchens are more contemporary in feel; the overall effect is generally more striking and dramatic than a French country kitchen, which is all about comfort and a worn-over-time appeal.
Other modern kitchen islands include designs made with bright, bold colors, such as metal cabinetry that is painted fire-engine red or a sunny yellow and topped with a simple white countertop. Repurposed items also work well in contemporary kitchens. Consider using an old desk or set of filing cabinets to add a unique spin to your modern kitchen island.
While white offers a nice visual counterpart to a variety of colors, white-on-white islands—where both the base and countertop are the same material and/or color—offer a nice low-contrast option for a calm, quieting feel in the kitchen.
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.
Sleek surfaces, clean-lined cabinets, brushed-metal (or hidden) drawer pulls—these are some of the tell-tale signs of a modern kitchen island. But don't let these contemporary design elements limit your imagination.