While kitchen islands are among the most popular hangout spots in homes, their typical counter stool seating isn’t always the best layout for conversation.
The designers of these 10 kitchens incorporated banquette seating into the islands to promote easy conversation, with guests able to face one another while talking.
Let us know if you think these island banquettes are conversation-worthy.
1. Family Hot Spot
Kitchen Design Concepts added a banquette to the back of the island in this Dallas kitchen for homeowners who wanted enough space for all their grandchildren to squeeze in during family meals.
2. Dark and Light Delight
A dark ebony-stained dining table and chairs provide a sharp contrast to the cream-colored upholstered banquette. This traditional Atlanta kitchen was designed by Insidesign.
3. Coastal Charm in the Heartland
The team at Jeff Sheats Designs says the homeowners wanted a coastal look for their remodeled Indianapolis kitchen. The custom banquette features a white beadboard exterior paired with a striped upholstered back.
4. Glam Central
NV Design added a banquette to the back of the center island in this San Francisco kitchen. The crushed velvet banquette is paired with a brass-and-wood dining table set under a glamorous chandelier.
5. Navy and Neutral
This cream-toned upholstered banquette adds neutral balance to the navy painted cabinets and navy subway tiles in a Baltimore kitchen designed by Purple Cherry Architects.
6. Red and Retro
This remodeled Richmond, Virginia, kitchen designed by A. Dodson’s Interiors includes a retro-style dining table and chairs that pair well with the island banquette’s red-painted base.
7. Perfect Fit
The U-shaped island in this Dallas kitchen by Dallas Design Group provides the perfect spot for a stylish two-sided banquette. Note the clever pullout drawers at the base of it.
8. Vintage Charm
A vintage leather pommel horse and a pair of antique chairs add an eclectic touch to the island banquette in this Los Angles kitchen by the team at New Generation Home Improvements.
9. Tufted and Turned
This sophisticated Toronto kitchen by Carriage Lane Design-Build features a custom island with turned legs and an L-shaped banquette upholstered in tufted crushed velvet.
10. Blue Beauty
This remodeled Sacramento, California, kitchen by Precision Cabinetry and Design includes a two-tone cabinet scheme. The upper cabinets are painted white and the lower cabinets and island banquette are covered in a lovely dark blue.