Thursday, November 10, 2011

Banquettes Attached to Kitchen Islands

I've recently spotted pictures with banquettes attached to the kitchen islands. 
I really like this look, it's a good alternate to the raised bar that's been so popular the last few years. 
Here are some examples....
Photo: Tobi Fairley
Photo: Elle Decor
Photo: Interior Design Magazine
Photo: Haile Kitchen & Bath
I really like this design element, I think I'd use it in my own home.
What do you think?  Do you like the idea of using your kitchen island with banquette seating?


Erin @ The Impatient Gardener said...

It's interesting, I really love looking at these kitchens, but I can't help but wonder how well a banquette attached to an island actually functions. For one thing, you really only get out from your island from one side (well you could go the banquette direction, but it's a longer walk), but I just think about the mess that's on the counters after cooking and I can't think it would be too relaxing to sit right next to that. But maybe I'm just a messy cook!

Steph@TheGraniteGurus said...

You are right Erin, it kind of defeats the purpose of an island. It becomes more like a peninsula.

I really love the last picture though. It would hide the mess. ;)

Melissa said...

I love the look, but don't think I would like the reality. We have a kitchen island, which is completely counter height and everyone hangs out there, just leaning on the counter our sitting on the barstools.

I do like the mess-hiding idea, though!

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