The island in the kitchen adds counter space and an extra sink, as well as a breakfast bar with seating for four. This addition not only gives the homeowners a casual dining option, but also increases the kitchen's storage and overall functionality.
The mix of materials on the countertop and along the backsplash work because the palette is the same rich orange, similar to the Benjamin Moore metallic wall paint, and offset by a large expanse of off-white linen painted cabinetry.
Though much of Artemesia was left intact during the multi-decade renovation, owner Leonard Fenton realized that to make the house marketable to contemporary buyers he would have to expand the kitchen. Older homes often featured functional, smaller kitchens rarely used by the home's occupants.
The centerpiece of the kitchen, the long island was designed as a feature that would make the space more functional. It offers plenty of space to prepare meals and entertain guests, but also has added drawers for maximum storage space.
As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, to maximize the space in this kitchen, Joanna added a functional kitchen island to increase seating options and give the family more prep space for meals. Gray cabinets match the gray trim and molding from the rest of the open concept first floor, and rustic stools provide complementary style. A subway tile backsplash polishes off the space, finishing out the design.
In this traditional kitchen, which has grey cabinets, a wood kitchen island features a marble tabletop that extends 50% longer than the table itself, not only providing ample space to serve a meal, but also enough space to plate food to be served.
Removing a wall and storage closet opened up the space providing a clear view to the dining room and leaving space for the addition of a large kitchen peninsula and plenty of lower-cabinet storage. A small pass-through window opens onto a newly updated breakfast nook.
This open, contemporary environment is bright yet warm and inviting. Two islands were created to provide flow and access across the kitchen, connecting the various work areas and provide a nice transition to the adjacent dining area.
White cabinets paired with black countertops and farmhouse sink surround this chef's kitchen, while the large island has the opposite effect with black cabinets and chic white countertops. Contemporary pendant lights hang above the island illuminating the workspace, which also functions as a casual dining spot with comfortable barstools.
A small kitchen requires a combination of task and atmospheric lighting. To counteract the bluish cast of fluorescent lighting and add drama, install pendant lights in the eating area, incandescent lighting underneath upper cabinets and incandescent spot lighting above cabinetry. Lighting can also be installed under base cabinetry so it shines down onto the toe plate.
In this kitchen, the large island resembles a table more than its stout, storage-heavy counterparts. Its open design, with a slab wood top and smooth legs, keeps the space feeling light and open while still providing valuable storage below. A trio of pendants work the space overhead, while recessed lights span the length of countertop.
The key feature of this Santa Monica kitchen is a stunning marble monolithic island that acts as a modern sculptural piece. Marble continues in the countertops and backsplash over contemporary cabinets, while open shelves provide easy access to dishes.