Island Dining

I love to eat… I love to dine… I love to design kitchens.

Today I want to talk about dining at the kitchen island. Many people want to incorporate seating at a kitchen island. For the most part, this seating is in the form of a row of bar or counter stools as illustrated in this beautiful kitchen from Southern Accents.

Kitchen counter seating in an interior design kitchen example

Or this smaller island version from myhomeideas.com. I just love these slipcovered counter stools and how they add a little softness to the space.

Kitchen counter seating in an interior design kitchen example

My personal bias is to design the island seating at the end of the island. This way people can face each other or sit at right angles to one other. The reason I prefer this is so the experience of eating can become dining. Slowing down… not just eat and go, but talking… savoring… and enjoying the experience. Life is so fast paced. We tend to rush through everything, eating included. Dining gives us the opportunity to not just eat, but connect with those we care about.

So here are some great examples of end of the island dining (including one of my own designs!)…

Kitchen counter seating in an interior design kitchen example

In this kitchen from houzz.com a small island boasts an intimate setting for two to dine.

Kitchen counter seating in an interior design kitchen example

This colorful kitchen from the pages of Southern Living showcases seating for three at this island’s end.

Kitchen counter seating in an interior design kitchen example

I just love this kitchen from Southern Accents, very timeless in its appeal. Love the contrast between the more formal chandelier and the rustic nature of the wood island top and simple wood stools. Dining here could be casual to crystal!

Kitchen island seating in a Nashville interior design kitchen renovation project

So here is one of my kitchen designs. For this kitchen renovation project I designed the island to have an intimate space where two or three could dine. On this beautiful expanse of Calcutta Gold honed marble (9 ft. long x 4 ft. wide) the luck couple that lives in this home dine, savor, and enjoy food, drinks, and conversation in this spot. Two recessed pin lights in the beautiful coffered ceiling pool on the dining space to enhance the experience.

Kitchen island seating in a Nashville interior design kitchen renovation project

Behind the intimate island dining spot is seating for family and friends to dine, but the owners tell me their favorite place is at the island. (the color of this image is closer to the actual space than the one above. It is very warm and inviting)

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So how about your kitchen? Do you dine at the end of the island? Do you wish you could? If you don’t love your kitchen or the area where you eat, is it time for some changes? Life is too short to just eat and run. Take the time to dine (in a beautiful spot). It just might make all the difference!

Jennifer

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