Use colorful, inexpensive tile to cover a large space and create a focal point in the kitchen design. In this kitchen, designer Cody Ables, CEO of CODARUS, used tiling on top of an open cabinet to create a great bar area. He used the bar to create more prep space for the small kitchen and divide the dining and kitchen areas in the home, which was designed for Dwell with Dignity to help families struggling with homelessness and poverty.
On HGTV's Fixer Upper, the home's kitchen island doubles as a prep space as well as an eating space, making efficient use of the small kitchen area.
Farmhouse Kitchen with Island, Barstools and Vintage Decor
Create a centerpiece vignette for your island in your favorite style, whether it’s rustic, vintage or modern. Texas designer Janna Allbritton of Yellow Prairie Interior Design says if you’re going rustic, look in your garage with a fresh set of eyes for unexpected items to use on the island. An old picture frame or caddy, like on this island, could do the trick. Use one large piece to anchor the arrangement, then decorate around it, she says.
White Retro Kitchen with Small Wood Island and Vintage Accessories
For a quick update to an existing basic wood island from Ikea, DIY blogger Dena Stormer simply painted the base and legs of her island white to match the rest of her kitchen. Then she added a vintage metal file cabinet for her recipes to the shelf below, along with retro kitchen accessories.
Blue Kitchen Island With Vintage Flair From Sarah Sees Potential
As seen on season one of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson filled this century-old kitchen with a mix of modern amenities and vintage charm. The large eat-in kitchen island was topped with a premium slab of Calacatta marble and painted a rich blue to match the room's traditional blue and white floral wallpaper. Brass pendant lights hang over the stainless steel sink and complement the room's brass hardware, completing the cohesive design.
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.
Gray Marble Countertop Pops in Rustic Industrial Kitchen
The marble of the kitchen island creates the focal point for this Fixer Upper kitchen. After Chip and Joanna removed walls and opened up the kitchen space, they had room to add this large kitchen island with extra seating. To accent the gray cabinets, Joanna chose a gray and white marbled tile that provided a durable solution for the family and really made her rustic industrial design pop.
After walls were removed, this Fixer Upper kitchen has much more room. To maximize the functionality of this space, Chip and Joanna added a large kitchen island that added more counter and prep space, as well as gave the family a place to sit down for a casual meal. Joanna continued her rustic industrial style in the kitchen, painting the cabinets to match the trim and molding throughout the first floor. She also added industrial pendant lights, an industrial style sink and rustic industrial barstools to complete the look.
Eclectic Eat-In Kitchen With Live-Edge Island Topper
Huerta included a suite of surprising details to bring historical and personal relevance to the client's dream space. For example, the island topper was actually made from the client's former live-edge dining table — a piece that was too big to bring into her new home. Now it creates a cool contrast to the stainless bar stools.
A honed granite countertop provides functional seating at the kitchen island in this narrow kitchen. Painted faux-antiqued cabinetry brings a bit of rusticity to the overall refined and spacious feel. Repurposed bricks create a façade on the accent wall while over-scaled subway tile with dark grout is used above Calcutta marble countertops. Vintage industrial lights hang over the island adding drama and whimsy.
Vintage kitchen scales add a homey, rustic touch to any kitchen, plus they come in a variety of colors to add flair to your farmhouse style. Here, Georgia homeowner and blogger Wendy Durnwald topped these scales with five sheep to represent her five children and her home near a sheep pasture.