Daveney. Kitchen Islands. May 08th , 2017.
Sleek surfaces, clean-lined cabinets, brushed-metal (or hidden) drawer pulls—these are some of the tell-tale signs of a modern kitchen island. But don't let these contemporary design elements limit your imagination.
One of the easiest ways to add modern flair to the kitchen island: choose a signature color (think tangerine orange or lipstick red) to distinguish the space.
Whether or not that color is repeated in another kitchen design element is up to you—there's no rule that says an island's counter (or color) needs to match its counterparts on the perimeter of the kitchen.
Employing a monochromatic palette, such as a white-on-white, all-black or warm wood, is another way to add contemporary character to the kitchen island. If a monochromatic style feels too dramatic for your space, there are plenty of high-contrast ways to incorporate modern touches. Think polished wood or stainless steel used as an accent on the base of the island or in place of trim.
When choosing a modern kitchen island, it is important to consider the overall feel of the kitchen. If your kitchen has dark wood cabinets and marble countertops, then you may want to choose a kitchen island that is made from stainless steel and neutral-toned cabinets. If you are pairing the kitchen island with bar stools, then seating made with mesh metal backs or simple spill-resistant material would complete the look. Other modern kitchen islands include designs made with bright, bold colors, such as metal cabinetry that is painted fire-engine red or a sunny yellow and topped with a simple white countertop. Repurposed items also work well in contemporary kitchens. Consider using an old desk or set of filing cabinets to add a unique spin to your modern kitchen island. Simply secure a solid surface to the top of a repurposed item, and turn drawers or cabinets into storage spots for kitchen items. The modern kitchen island often includes features that suit this particular style of kitchen, like a flat cooktop or a designated food preparation area.
While a black kitchen island placed in an otherwise all-white kitchen is one contemporary kitchen design that's currently trending, the color also works surprisingly well as a complement to kitchens with warm wood cabinetry.
Similarly, a silky black stone (or stone-look) countertop is a nice foil to a light wood-colored island, just as a crisp, stark-white countertop would add a fabulous color pop above an all-black island base. Perhaps its most redeeming quality: black kitchen island countertops are great for hiding small flaws like fingerprints, stains, scratches and spills.
As with any interior design project, you'll want to keep the color palette of other kitchen surfaces in in mind—backsplashes, flooring, cabinetry and more—to determine the overall look and feel.
Whether you opt for an all-black kitchen island, a white-on-black kitchen island or a black-on-white island, black is a versatile color that suits a variety of color combinations.
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