Amanda Seyfried's kitchen island is 'equal parts subtle and statement-making'– experts love her pairing of unexpected materials

Warm wood and white marble mesh beautifully in the actress's kitchen – her space is a masterclass in striking, minimalist design

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A chic kitchen island is one of the most underrated ways to elevate your kitchen. The stylish design elements can be used to bring new materials into the space or to upgrade the layout. In Amanda Seyfried's home, a carefully designed island does both.

The Seven Veils actress's kitchen revolves around organic-luxe-style decor. Two colors dominate the space: white and light brown from all the natural wood. Together, they have the effect of making the kitchen look strikingly bright and modern, without compromising on warmth. Open-concept shelves above the stovetop keep it from looking top-heavy while a minimalist light fixture brings in a sense of contemporaneity.

Seyfried's gorgeous island is instrumental to these positive design impacts. 'The combination of wood and marble in this kitchen island is equal parts subtle and statement-making,' says Kathy Kuo, acclaimed NYC-based interior designer. She continues, 'I love that it's a seamless fusion of two organic materials, and the result is so simple, yet your eye goes to it immediately. The neutral colors of the island allow for any pop of color—like the gorgeous light purple floral arrangement shown here—to really take center stage.'

The materials of the island work perfectly against one another and with the rest of the space. 'The juxtaposition of wood and white marble is a design choice that balances warmth and sophistication,' says Nina Lichtenstein, Westchester-based interior designer. She continues, 'In Seyfried’s white kitchen, the wooden island stands out against the pristine white backdrop, serving as an anchor that grounds the space. The natural wood adds an organic touch, introducing texture and warmth that contrasts beautifully with the cool, smooth surface of the white marble kitchen countertop. This combination is not only visually appealing but also functional, as marble offers a durable and easy-to-clean surface perfect for food preparation and entertaining.'

Lichtenstein adds: 'The island's wood tones are echoed in the light wood floors and the slightly darker wood stools, which feature black metal legs for an industrial edge. This cohesive use of wood creates a harmonious flow, drawing the eye naturally around the room. The kitchen’s design ensures that the island remains the focal point, while the surrounding elements – sleek white cabinetry, open shelving, and carefully curated black, white, and wooden accessories – complement and enhance its presence.'

Homes & Gardens' Wood and Marble Kitchen Edit

A mix of wood and marble accessories in your kitchen styling can recreate the look of Seyfried's living room without a complete remodel. This wooden lazy susan, white and wood canister, and set of coasters are a great place to start.

While the combination of white marble and natural wood is not necessarily original, a unique take on the look in Amanda Seyfried's space creates unexpected and brilliant effects. The look can be easily recreated in any kitchen.

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

Sophie is a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens, where she works on the Celebrity Style team. She is fascinated by the intersection of design and popular culture and is particularly excited when researching trends or interior history. Sophie is an avid pop culture fan. As an H&G editor, she has interviewed the likes of Martha Stewart, Hilary Duff, and the casts of Queer Eye and Selling Sunset. Before joining Future Publishing, Sophie worked as the Head of Content and Communications at Fig Linens and Home, a boutique luxury linens and furniture brand. She has also written features on exciting developments in the design world for Westport Magazine. Sophie has an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology and a BA in Creative Writing and Sociology from Sarah Lawrence College.