Published at Sunday, 29 October 2017 by Fabien Jean in Kitchen Island, with total 83 drawings.
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.
Antique decorating elements should never be overdone and the same goes for a kitchen island design. Choose a piece that inhabits a few of your favorite antique elements without looking like something that is better off staying in the past. Whether it's a piece that's been sitting in the garage for years or a recent antiques-market find, retrofitting an antique piece into a hard-working kitchen island can actually be a cost-efficient way to increase countertop, storage and display space.
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.