Kitchen Island Legs
White Traditional Kitchen With Round Island
In this U-shaped kitchen, a round island takes up less space than a traditional rectangular one. White cabinets with glass panels break up the all white space.
Dress up your kitchen island by showing a little leg. Leggy kitchen islands are a great way to make your kitchen island look more like a well-tailored piece of furniture that captures your attention when you enter the room.
Crank Up Your Kitchen’s Style
From the second designer Liz Caan and her husband, Geoff, purchased their 1920s Colonial in Chestnut Hill, MA, 11 years ago, she plotted to tear out the kitchen’s plastic cabinets, rip up the dated pine floor, and increase the square footage. But a total reno would come at a budget-busting price, so she instead decided to boost the personality of the 10-foot-by-15-foot space with colors and patterns.
“I used attention-diverting tricks to disguise the flaws,” says Liz. Without enlarging the footprint or changing the layout, she created a cheerful dining and hangout spot for sons Henry, 19, and Leo, 7, and daughter Lilly, 14. “While it’s not the huge Pinterest kitchen everyone salivates over, it works for our family—and our bank account.”
The breakfast nook was outfitted with built-in banquettes upholstered in wipe-clean vinyl. Deep drawers below stash bulky kitchen items. The custom walnut-topped table, coated with commercial-grade matte varnish, is impervious to stains and spills.
Black-and-white striped wallpaper by First Editions—hung horizontally and covering part of the ceiling—brings sophistication to the kitchen. “My hope is that the lines are so eye-catching, you don’t notice how small the room is,” says Liz.
Brass Accents and Shutters
Touches of high-shine brass—from the Thomas O’Brien globe pendant to the cabinet knobs and pulls—introduce some stylish gleam. “I love brass—it’s so glam!” says Liz. The home’s original wavy glass windows had character, but were drafty. The solution: insulating plantation shutters, painted Black by Benjamin Moore, that echo the lines of the wallpaper.
Hexagons painted light blue and navy (Blue Nova and Stunning, both by Benjamin Moore) introduce dramatic pattern—and disguise the ordinary pine floor. While the inevitable wear-and-tear would stress out some homeowners, the chips and scuffs don’t bother Liz. “It’s not supposed to be perfect.”
There’s limited counter space, so a freestanding Williams-Sonoma kitchen island with a cutting-board top is a handy spot for chopping veggies, mixing drinks, and stashing bottled water. The Restoration Hardware mirror hung behind the table helps visually enlarge the kitchen—and hides an unused electrical outlet.
Cabinets and Countertops
While Liz hates the builders’ grade white laminate cabinets that came with the house, “at least they blend in,” she says. Dollar-for-dollar, swapping the previous owners’ green Formica counters for timeless black granite was the change with the biggest impact.
Kitchen island legs can be as varied in size, shape and thickness as dining chair legs. Think square columns that echo the style (and paneling) of cabinetry in the kitchen, decorative wood corbels that add visual weight, or turned wood legs with reeded, roped or fluted detailing.
Whichever option you choose, make sure to keep in mind the overall style of the island and the style of the kitchen. An elaborate corbel, for instance, would look much more at home on a traditional-style kitchen island than it would on a stainless steel modern example.
And whether they’re narrow or wide, round or square, tapered or bracketed, kitchen island legs are sure to add architectural interest and character to your kitchen space.