Vintage Kitchen Islands
These days it seems everything from fashion to back-to-school notebooks are being influenced by the decorative, ornate style associated with vintage designs – and the home is no exception. That's why when it comes to choosing a vintage kitchen island for your kitchen, the options are plentiful.
Past and Future Now
This transitional kitchen combines warm wood cabinets with the simplicity of subway-tile-covered walls, understated Roman shades and minimal accessories. Stainless choices, industrial pendants and a muted geometric rug are more marriages between contemporary and traditional that define this design approach.
Gray and White Done Right
Traditional white raised-panel cabinets get a contemporary accent in the gray flooring, countertop and wall color choice in this transitional kitchen. Touches of black in the traditional pendant lighting and the contemporary island stools ground the scheme firmly in this comfortable and classy style.
Contemporary, Not Cold
This contemporary kitchen dominated by bright-white cabinetry and flooring is sleek, clean and anything but sterile. Watery blue touches in the backsplash and the frosted-glass-front cabinets, along with a bright green vase and woven dining chairs add punches of color without taking away from the overall look.
Make Mine Modern
Plants and cooking essentials are the only decorations in this modern kitchen, yet it's interesting and perfectly reflects the homeowner's personal style. Black leather bar chairs and a matching couch bring out the track lighting and stainless appliance accents. Ceiling-height cabinetry with sleek pulls provides plenty of storage and enhances the space's minimal aesthetic.
This country kitchen was designed for cooking and eating. A wooden table, painted chairs and glass-front cabinets displaying white dishes cover the dining needs. Essential kitchen elements like the unique take on beadboard cabinets, braided scatter rugs, a large farmhouse sink, the white-washed hardwood floor plus a liberal use of black all combine into one welcoming room.
Country kitchens get the job done and this one does it stylishly. The elements painted paneling, beadboard cabinets, a butcher-block island countertop, open shelving, a simple striped valance, a resourceful cookbook nook and mouth-blown glass pendant lights come together to create a design that looks as great as it works.
If you are looking for an island with wood cabinetry, then you may want to consider painting it a pale color, then pairing it with a white or light wood countertop to give it a vintage look. Consider painting cabinets a pale yellow or blue, or use a whitewash to give the wood a weathered, antique look.
Other vintage kitchen islands use repurposed furniture pieces to create an island. Try painting an old dresser or desk before choosing a counter surface to turn it into an island. You might also purchase vintage-inspired knobs and handles from home design stores to give the island a finished look. Other creative designs have repurposed a drafting table or set of filing cabinets to create a vintage kitchen island.
If you are seeking seating at your kitchen island, then consider retro bar stools made from solid, bright-hued fabrics or a vintage-inspired pattern.
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