Love the legs on the island, but having trouble finding similar. . . - I'm hoping to have my kitchen cabinet guy create a similar work space for a craft area. I love the legs on the island (shape and metal accents), but he and I are having trouble finding a source for the legs. Any help? Thank you! »
Being able to see under and past the island creates an airy feeling in a kitchen and gives the island a more table-like feel. Just because you don't have an overhang on both sides doesn't mean you can't pull up a few counter stools to the other side. You might have to sit at an angle, but it's doable in a pinch.
The island looks like a piece of furniture and the fact that it doesn't match the wood finish of the oak armoire-cabinet, along with the woven stools and globe light fixtures makes it look all the more collected and less kitchen-y.
Use blocks of color. This is the most classic way of mixing finishes. The perimeter cabinets are one color and the island is another color. The unexpected in this kitchen is the freestanding tall cabinet. Staining it an entirely different tone than the island or the floors makes it feel like it was a found piece even though it could have been built by the cabinetmaker at the same time as all the other cabinets. It's common in kitchen remodels for everything to be brand-spanking new. Mixing finishes helps to tone down the "newness" of it all and give the space a more collected-over-time feel.