10 Kitchen Island Ideas With Seating to Make Your Cooking Zone Cute and Cozy

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Kitchen island seating is probably one of the last details you'll consider during your kitchen renovations. But it's also one of the most exciting ways to add some function AND form. Seriously, kitchen island ideas with seating can be so aesthetically pleasing.

When designing the perfect kitchen island, remember that you'll need a space for dining, entertaining, and cooking. Careful planning might be in order if you have an awkward floor plan. Working with a small space? Try a uniquely-shaped kitchen island with an overhang and some simple counter stools. Don't have a dining room? Banquette seating will help to save on space but still offer a cozy dinner setting.

There are plenty of options to choose from; here are 10 kitchen island ideas with seating to get you started.

1. Pick your style.

Even if you prefer a minimalist kitchen, you'll still need some type of visual interest. You can bring the intrigue in with some good kitchen island ideas with seating. A white and gray island will still look special with fun wire barstools. Just be careful when you make pasta sauce in a kitchen this pristine.

Get the look: Bend Goods Lucy Stacking Stool, $490

2. Create contrast.

Christine of Hello Fashion added texture to her contemporary kitchen island with these woven bar stools. The natural accent is the perfect contrast to the straight lines of the island and luxe gray quartz island countertops.

Get the look: Ballard Designs Bailey Woven Stools, $299

3. Or, match your island.

A modern and rustic kitchen island calls for sleek seating, right? Emily Henderson shows us how it's done with this tonal Scandinavian-style mountain cook space. The black leather bar chairs also complement the black island.

Get the look: Article Suede Black Leather Swivel Bar Stool, $379

4. Keep it light and airy.

If you thought that a small open kitchen would be hard to decorate, take a leaf out of the Bodega House's book. Its one-wall kitchen still feels light and airy because the island seating almost disappears. They're so thin and space-saving. Plus, the ceiling light adds a little more va-va-voom.

Get the look: Wayfair Solid Wood Bar Stool, $99

5. Add a unique touch.

You can add a little something different to a mostly wood kitchen with unique seating. Don't be afraid to choose something you don't usually see in most eating areas. Interior designer Amber Lewis added square stools with rich leather cushions to this partially marble kitchen island. And we couldn't imagine it any other way.

Get the look: Wayfair Leather Bar Stool, $299

6. Bring together accents.

Opting for a clean white kitchen where you can cook without feeling distracted? Add a little white subway tile (maybe in your backsplash) and rattan kitchen island seating to give the crisp white look some texture.

Get the look: Target Rattan Bar Stool, $99

7. Back it up.

To go backless or not? That is the question! The Effortless Chic would tell you that it's all about the support, judging by these industrial leather stools. And we definitely dig the grounded look in a kitchen with pops of color.

Get the look: West Elm Slope Leather Counter Stool, $499

8. Make room for more.

If you're blessed with a longer kitchen island, make use of it. But don't add too many seats just because you have the space. The Lindsey Brooke Design team got the balance just right in this modern farmhouse kitchen. Follow their lead, and opt for low bar stools that don't steal too much attention.

Get the look: Stahl + Band Leather Sling Bar Stool, $1,150

9. Consider small island seating.

Not all kitchen islands need multiple chairs. In fact, more than two seats at the island could make a small kitchen feel super cramped. Kristina Lynne nailed the small space kitchen island and seating with these quirky wooden counter stools that juxtapose the luxe marble countertops.

Get the look: Allmodern Wooden Bar Stool, $561

10. Just go all out.

Who says that you need to stick to the design rules? Heidi Caillier opted for an eclectic kitchen with wallpaper, painted cabinets, and a green island. You can tie things together in a similarly-styled space with vintage wood seating.

Get the look: Chairish Mid Century Counter Bar Stools, $500 for a pair


Emma Jane Palin is a multi-award-winning blogger and freelance writer with a penchant for design and interiors.

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