Kitchen islands have come a long way from being just a place for preparing meals. It’s a prime gathering place and a place for homeowners to add personal touches: beautiful rich tones, sparkly finishes, comfy chairs — and color, while it’s a bit or a lot. You’re able to bring in color through a contrasting finish for the island the counter tops, or allow your seating and lighting draw your eye to its attractiveness.

Kari McIntosh Design

Paint the base and bring in chairs that look as though they belong in a dining area. This island becomes an elegant Old-World centerpiece with its red painted base and richly patterned upholstered chairs. It seems made for sit-down dinners.

Elaine Morrison Interiors

If you’ve got a small island, take the chance to use stools at a bold shade, especially if your island base end is just like the rest of your cabinetry.

Ziger/Snead Architects

Add impact to a very narrow modern island by adding clean-lined, vibrant chairs. These Series 7 Stools have chrome legs which raise the visibility of this island without overpowering it.

Heffel Balagno Design Consultants

A nice new lime hue on the chairs also goes well with a modern island design. It isn’t too bold, but still stands out and looks great with chrome. For a unique event, bring in splashes of the color to the peak of the island together with flowers or a bowl of limes and lemons.

MN Builders

If your island opens into a different area, use upholstered seating that has a shade and a finish that fits together with all the adjoining room. The seating produces a great transition into the other space.

Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly, Inc. (CKD, CBD, CR)

Insert a vibrant countertop. Allow it to shine using clear glass pendants above.

Olga Adler

Go diverse with a colored island base. What a character this purple table-style island has!

USI Remodeling & Design

Red is another enjoyable color for the base. When distressed and combined with cup or bin pulls, it may feel rustic or nation. Carry the color to the inside of a glass-front or spacious cabinet for more delicious color.

Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly, Inc. (CKD, CBD, CR)

Blues and greens are choices for a contrasting color for your island. Both of them are cool, relaxing colors and work well with most styles.

Archipelago Hawaii Luxury Home Designs

Soften the look of a painted island together with woven chairs. They have natural appeal and go with everything.

A painted island also works really well in a kitchen with stained cabinets.

Jonathan Cutler, AIA

Oh, the power of lighting. It may take decent design to greatness. Over an island, it becomes a floating crown shining down. These large drum pendants at a steely blue-gray finish give a rich finishing touch into the paint palette used on the cabinets and island base.

Atmosphere Interior Design Inc..

These big shiny pendants along with the rich blue cloth against the painted X-back chairs turn this island into a posh focal point that should be shown off as often as you can.

Tara Seawright Interior Design

You may even think of your island storage as a chance for incorporating character and color with books, baking bowls, and favorite accents.

Have a vibrant kitchen island? We would love to find a photo!

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