A trio of skylights bathes this traditional, farmhouse-style kitchen in natural light, while four pendant lights offer plenty of task lighting for the island breakfast bar. White cabinetry hides appliances and extends to the ceiling for extra storage, while a soft spring green on the island adds an unexpected punch of color.
With its warm, inviting hues, this cozy kitchen is truly the heart of the home. Sleek, stainless steel appliances are an updated touch amidst the traditional cabinetry. Meanwhile, rustic painted cabinet-fronts on the island contrast with the delicate back splash above the stove.
Think contrast. For an easy designer look, paint perimeter cabinets and keep the island stained or in an existing contrast color, says Georgia designer Michelle Mentzer. You also can change existing hardware (knobs and pulls) to an updated bronze or brass finish, she says.
This modern open concept kitchen and dining room has wood cabinets, coffered ceiling, exposed beams, and oak floors, with a blue painted work island, custom metal vent hood, and midcentury modern furnishings.
A dark-stained island contrasts with painted cabinets in this homey, traditional kitchen. A Roman shade brings color to the narrow window, and a unique banded metal design jazzes up a traditional lampshade-style pendant.
This rustic kitchen space features a large painted green kitchen island with a gray stone fireplace that acts as a divider between the two breakfast bar areas. White stools and several pendant lights add modern touches to the space, while a vintage stove lends a retro vibe.
To make a new kitchen island feel original and authentic, tie it together with your kitchen's color. For a seamless effect, this island was painted the same shade of cranberry red as its surrounding cabinets.
Instead of painting or changing your current kitchen island, consider adding accent furniture to one end. Designer Michelle Mentzer placed a colorful chest at the end of this island, extending the storage and display space and creating fresh visual appeal in the tradtional kitchen.
Painted white brick and painted exposed ceiling beams blend into a bright, fresh monochromatic color scheme while incorporating subtle texture. Distressed decorative elements add a contrast of color against the white surfaces. Light hardwood keeps the room bright for a soft blend of styles.
Painting cabinets can be a big undertaking, but it pays off in the end in terms of look and cost savings. DIY blogger Yuni Min spent about three weeks painting all 39 cabinets and 23 drawers, including the island, in her kitchen. She used satin finishes of Behr’s Gray Shimmer for the perimeter cabinets and Behr’s Dawn Gray on the island to refashion the once dark cherry cupboards for a bright modern look. The transformation cost less than $300, she says.
Fun, conical, metal pendant lights excite and provide extra light above the attractive kitchen island in this transitional kitchen. Sleek lines and contemporary updates work with the neutral palette, painted industrial chairs and dark flooring to create a contemporary country feel.
Contrast is key in this bright white kitchen. A white marble countertop on the kitchen island contrasts the black countertops elsewhere in the room. White barstools stand out against the black-painted island base.
Shimmering subway tile and sleek quartz countertops set off white cabinetry in this California kitchen. A custom stainless steel range hood rises to the peaked, beamed ceiling. The taupe-painted island features beadboard paneling that fits with the cozy vibe of the open kitchen.
A slide-out component on this striking, citron-painted island is a baker's dream. The island, along with a window treatment in the same hue, provide bold swaths of color in this all-white traditional kitchen. Dark hardwood underfoot grounds the space and warms it up.
Custom cabinets and a stainless steel vent hood top off this bright and lively chef's kitchen. Friends and family can gather around the painted island while the gourmet meal is being prepared. The walnut countertop and rattan barstools warm up the crisp white cabinetry and subway tile backsplash.
The kitchen in this Mediterranean-inspired farmhouse is clean and sparse, with all-white cabinetry and a simple white subway tile backsplash. Dark hardwood floors and a dark-painted island warm up the space and give it added dimension. A rustic pendant above the island brings both function and flair.
The spacious, open kitchen in this newly built traditional farmhouse features a light, airy palette and plenty of windows to usher in a cheery, sunlit atmosphere. Dark countertops help ground the space, while a bold blue-painted island creates a strong focal point at the center of the room. The apron sink and butcher block island fit with the home's farmhouse style.