Antique Kitchen Islands

Discover how antique kitchen islands can create an exquisite, inspired room.
Antique Kitchen Island

Antique Kitchen Island

Photo by: Ross Chandler www.chandlerphoto.

Ross Chandler www.chandlerphoto.

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Kitchens that boast an antique design concept are fun to work with when choosing a kitchen island. Whether your kitchen space is an ode to all things beautiful of past eras, or you are simply seeking to add a few antique design elements, there is a way to give any kitchen island a bit of old-fashioned flavor.

English Cottage Charm

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English Cottage Charm

Influenced by an English cottage design, this kitchen emphasizes the quaint and soft details of this style.

English Cottage Charm

The hood mantel center arch is recessed with an added plate rail displaying the client’s antique collection. Leaded glass doors on either side of the hood mantel create depth and add soft light.

English Cottage Charm

The cabinetry, designed slightly deeper than the average to mimic traditional furniture, also maximizes upper and lower storage.

English Cottage Charm

The exposed face framing around all drawers and doors adds texture and a handcrafted flare.

Photo By: Brandon Barre

English Cottage Charm

The steel-blue solid maple cabinets, modern floral pillows, splashes of strong pink and the hand-painted backsplash tiles give an artistic quality to this kitchen.

English Cottage Charm

Flaunting excellent craftsmanship and wonderful English cottage detailing, this kitchen is a feast for the eyes.

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.

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.

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.

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