Welcome to our gallery featuring 100 kitchen islands with seating for a variety of number of people and including all types island chairs and bar stools.
When it comes to seating at an island, both the chair/stool and island design must be taken into account.
As a functional accessory to a room, chairs and barstools can be a great addition to tie the room together.
The style options are endless, just as kitchen island design is endless.
They can help to break up colors or accent little-used colors in the space. The materials and colors can help to bring multiple aspects of the room together, thus making the room visually seamless.
As in the image above, the chairs in this kitchen help to bring the wood color of the island further into the room giving the color a larger presence to balance out the use of white in the space.
Here you will find examples of many different styles of chairs and how they can be incorporated into different design styles – from modern to contemporary to traditional and more!
Colors are just as important as styles and materials too, be it a light chair in a dark kitchen or vice versa. Even using chairs as an accent color – which you will find many examples of here – it is an important thing to factor into your design.
We hope that you can find inspiration from these stunning kitchens to hunt down chairs for your own kitchen design. If you want actual dimensions, see our standard kitchen island dimension diagrams here.
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Kitchen Island Seating for 2 People
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Kitchen Island Seating for 3 Stools
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Kitchen Island Seating for 4 People
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Kitchen Island seating for 5 Stools
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Kitchen Island Seating for 6
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Kitchen Island Seating for 8
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Photos of Various Kitchen Islands with Chairs and Stools
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Chairs continue the color scheme of the room with dark wood and neutral tan seats. The island is large enough to offer plenty of space for cooking prep and double as a breakfast bar for three. Beige walls accent the dark cabinets and the granite counter top well.
Sleek stainless steel appliances add a touch of modern to this warm, contemporary room. The island chairs, in a distressed golden color, stand apart from the rest of the room with their unique hue. The white cushions are highlighted by the white dishes and vases around the room.
Simple white chairs fit the sleek modern design of this kitchen. High-gloss white cabinets and countertops allow for the solid black accents and sparse uses of natural wood to stand out even more from the rest of the room. Stainless steel accents throughout the room bring sophistication to this design.
Dark stain on the wood of the chairs and table help it to stand out against the backdrop of the natural wood cabinets. This color is broken up by pale, sage green walls and the inclusion of plant life to highlight the use of green even more. A tile backsplash picks out different hues found in the granite countertop.
Traditional kitchen design with dark brown cabinets are offset by a slightly paler brown floor while the off-white tile backsplash is complemented by the rough woven chairs standing attention at the island. Bright green accents are used around the room to bring in a pop of color to the otherwise dark space.
Soft, butter yellow cabinets set the base for this room. China blue accents, especially in the tiled image in the backsplash, are highlighted by the yellow nicely. Metallic accents bring color and class into the kitchen to complement the warm wood of the island countertop.
Stately leather chairs add class and color to this bright white kitchen while dark granite counters break up the use of white cabinets. Stainless steel appliances also help to break up the white and bring a bit of a modern look to this contemporary style.
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To balance the creamy, off-white cabinets, a dark wood island and even darker chairs were introduced to the room. This design element helps to ground the space and keep it from feeling too bright while also offering visual interest in a drastic change in colors.
Bright is the name of the game in this room. Bright cabinets, bright walls, bright accents, even the floor is a bright honey-colored wood. Black chair legs help to break up the brightness and tie together the black accents in the appliances without feeling harsh in the space. The gorgeous copper lanterns accomplish the same goal by breaking up the space at the top of the room. The above island includes a stove.
Pale counters, floors, and tile backsplash balance out the dark wood used throughout this kitchen. Bold textures offset the sleek, structured look of the cabinets and chairs. The introduction of greenery on the counter brings life and a splash of color into the space.
White and pale gray create this space, broken up only by accents of gold and green; until you get to the dark, exposed beams on the ceiling of the room. The kitchen itself flourishes with the addition of the rough stone backsplash bringing in color, though neutral, that stands out against the light hues of the rest of the room.
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Bold red cabinetry is balanced by creamy counters and floors. The chairs highlight the stainless steel of the appliances with their simple silver frames. Little splashes of color are introduced into the room through plants and flowers – which help to liven up the space.
Bright turquoise cushions draw the eye and complement the brilliant golden hue of the wood counter in the kitchen. The speckled gray of the counter facing creates a neutral but complementary color choice to the exposed concrete of the pillar to the left and on the floor.
Bold blue tiles are enough to brighten up this space, so much so that the rest of the design can remain natural wood hues and white cabinetry. Separating the island cook space from the eating space of the counter is a genius idea and it allows the individual spaces to remain uncluttered. The above island is interesting because the sink takes up much of the island counter space. It’s a good example of a smaller island (although not as small as getting a mobile cart on wheeels).
Shades of tan and brown do a great job of breaking up this space while remaining in the same color family to keep the neutral tone the design was going for. Alternating colors like the pale floor, tan cabinets, pale backsplash, and so on keep any one hue from dominating the room. The dark brown is kept to the floor and ceiling, effectively framing the space with its dark lines.
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A balance of light and dark is important in narrow spaces like this. The kitchen work space is kept to a single aisle surrounded by dark cabinets but effectively balanced by the creamy countertops and matching tile backsplash. The red chairs bring a fun hint of color to the room.
Color is a key component in to this kitchen design. Navy blue cabinets is complemented by the frosted blue glass of the accent wall. The natural wood counter tops break up the dark colors of the room and more pops of color are added in the leather accent chairs placed around the end of the island.
Dark wood successfully breaks up the use of white cabinetry against the tan backdrop created by the floor and walls. Dark chairs continue to ground the space and pops of bright green bring bits of color and life, carrying the eyes around the rest of the room.
Here’s an amazing kitchen with two kitchen islands with seating. A light canvas is created for this kitchen via the floor and ceiling. That light color is carried into the tiled backsplash to bring together the light and dark colors used in the palette of the room; giving way to the dark chocolate cabinets and slate grey countertops. The decor is accented with bright spring green, cheery orange, and vibrant yellow – adding colorful interest to the space.
The plethora of textures in this room is reminiscent of a time gone by. The brick arched ceiling matches the colors in the bricks on the floor while white cabinets help to brighten up the space and green marble adds a bit of contrasting color. The black chairs mirror the black cabinets surrounding the stove.
The pale palette of this room is broken up by the introduction of natural wood accents. The pale blue tiled walls add a difference in the shade of the room but keep to the washed out color scheme, helping to keep the space light and bright.
Creamy cabinets match the wall color in this open kitchen design. The designers used the bright white tiles of the backsplash to add a difference in color and a black countertop to break up the space. The warm gray of the island helps to differentiate it from the uniform counters.
The leather chairs added to this room match the shade of the lower cabinets in the stately kitchen design. Light countertops match the colors of the tile backsplash and offsets the dark wood of the cabinetry. Large pendant lights add a soft glow to the room.
Chocolate brown and bright white strike an easy balance in this room with sleek silver hardware accents. The high-gloss sheen of the room makes sure to reflect plenty of light around the room and pops of bright colors liven up the kitchen design.
Here is a shot of the same room from the other side. You can better see the spherical pendant light above the island and the floating appearance of the cabinets. The room opens up into the living room, seen in the background.
Dusky gray sets a classic tone for this kitchen. Highlighting it in bright white, silver, and black makes for a great contrast of colors the pale granite of the counters is carried up into the backsplash to brighten up the gray cabinets. Crystal light fixtures adds both sophistication and helps to diffuse the light around the room.
Splashes of dark colors break up this white kitchen, as do the chrome and stainless steel accents around the room. The high-gloss shine of the countertops helps to reflect more light up and around the room, despite the dark color of them.
Soaring ceilings are broken up by beautiful arching beams in this stunning white kitchen. Dark floors counter the lightness of the room with the help of the barstools. A gorgeous wood countertop breaks up the space and adds another level of color to the room.
Browns, grays, and golds create this room which is centered around the showcase piece of the copper stove hood, which visually dominates the room. Metallic tiles in the walls carry the finish around the room and breaks up the flat chocolate brown of the cabinets. Wicker chair backs mimic the patterning in the backsplash.
Bold, dark wood is the staple piece of this room, with a dash of white to show off the lovely finish of the wood. Silver and black accents liven up the room and the chandelier over the island is a sight to behold.
Cream colored chairs match the countertops and the upper cabinets while weathered wood makes up the bottom in the modern-contemporary kitchen. Splashes of red and bright green bring more, simple color into the space to spice it up.
About Island Seating
Most islands include seating. That’s a big attraction.
However, your options for seating at an island are many. Just take a look at the 32 pictures above and you’ll see all kinds of eating and seating arrangements.
The following is a list of options to consider for island designs incorporating eating and places to sit.
The overhang: The overhang is where the island counter extends beyond the island base to create a space for dining.
The 2-tier: The 2-tier island is an elevated island breakfast bar that accommodates stools. Often the elevated layer extends beyond the island base for leg room.
The indent: Some islands create leg room for dining by using a partial base or indented base.
The end table: The end table island is ideal for narrow kitchens. Chairs or stools can simply be added to the end of the island or if you wish to get more elaborate, you can add a table (lowered or elevated) to the end of the island.
2-sided eating: You’ll notice some islands above have seating on 2 sides of the island. This is a great way to accommodate several people. However, having chairs or stools on both sides does encroach on island workspace.
The sunken table: In order to accommodate regular chairs instead of stools or elevated bar chairs, islands are built with a lower top along one side and/or the end.
The 2 island kitchen: Believe it or not, some high end kitchens have 2 islands… one dedicated as a work space and another dedicated to an eating space.
Chairs and Stools
The second component to kitchen island dining are the seats themselves. You have 2 options:
Bar stools (backless): This is the simplest form of chair. They’re also the least comfortable. They’re great for quick meals at the counter such as a breakfast.
Bar chairs (substantial stools with backs): These are elevated chairs with backs. Often they’re cushioned as well. They’re far more comfortable than stools.
Regular dining chairs: Some islands have lower eating sections to accommodate regular height dining chairs. This turns an island into a bona fide dining table suitable for dinners.
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