Instead of going overboard on a bright island color that you may question later, a vibrant trio of bar stools can give you the shot of color you desire. These stools were less than $40 each at a home decor store. New River Building Co. in metro Atlanta used just one bank of cabinets for the island, providing a deep space for seating.
This modern kitchen takes the waterfall countertop concept one step further, by turning it from a countertop into a table. Paired with midcentury modern dining chairs, this solution makes for a truly unique eat-in kitchen.
Perfect for entertaining, this large kitchen uses a sharp contrast between black and white design elements to create a sleek look throughout the space. Funky bar stools with leather seat cushions line the kitchen island, providing a perfect place for casual dining or relaxation. Glass-front upper cabinets are lite from within to create a glow around the room.
Although the cabinets don't meet the ceiling, white walls and transom windows close the gap to prevent the kitchen from looking disjointed and blocky. A large kitchen island anchors the room, providing additional counter space, storage and an eat-in breakfast bar area. Modern wooden barstools bring in warmth and a natural element to offset all the white surfaces.
Bigger islands are all the rage, says designer Donna Mathis of Haven Design Works. She suggests upsizing a small island by adding table legs and expanding the tabletop, giving you counterspace and a place for bar stools.
This minimalist kitchen features a spacious white island with wood and metal stools. A marble backsplash lines the wall behind the stove, while brushed nickel hardware and fixtures add finishing touches.