Published at Saturday, October 07th 2017. by Delroy Lambert in Kitchen Island.
Antique decorating elements should never be overdone and the same goes for a kitchen island design. Choose a piece that inhabits a few of your favorite antique elements without looking like something that is better off staying in the past. More than just a furniture purchase, choosing antique kitchen chairs can be an investment.
Placing chairs on both sides of the island table is the best way to achieve the look of the traditional table, but the shape of your island (blocked, rounded, L- or T-shaped) will also help determine where—and how many—chairs are required so prep space (or elbow room) won't suffer.
Of course, a banquette like this requires a lot of space, which won't work for every kitchen. A portable island with room for stools on either the long or short end makes an already hard-working kitchen work even harder. Or, try an island with a fold-down leaf, which you can tuck away while not in use.
If you are looking to add more room for dining, then be sure to choose a kitchen island that allows for stools and adequate leg room. A large kitchen island can also accommodate an additional sink or cooktop. These features can be especially helpful to people who prepare the majority of their meals at home.
Some of these table-like islands include shelving or cabinets below, while others nix the storage space in order to provide more leg room. These kitchen island tables allow for more seating room, creating a casual space for dining within one of the most popular rooms in many homes.
Complement your vintage kitchen island with a variety of textured surfaces, like an exposed-brick backsplash or brick-pattern floors. Colorful retro appliances are also back in vogue—such as 50s-inspired refrigerators available in a wide range of shades from pastel green to cherry red and buttercup yellow.