Kitchen stools, or bar stools, aren't given the attention they deserve—they're part of the centerpiece of your kitchen! If you have an island, then your kitchen stools are even more central to the display. Choosing the right stools can affect the finished look of your kitchen in a big way. Are you going for an ultra-contemporary look or a more laid-back, beachy vibe? Either way, don't just pick the standard stool. The style of your kitchen stools should match the rest of the kitchen to pull everything together perfectly.
Do keep in a mind a few essential tips whilst searching for bar stools. The most common height for a bar stool is about 60-75 cm, and you'll want to leave around 25-30cm of space between the stool and the counter. You'll want at least 20 cm of wiggle room between each stool for ease of sitting and standing. Also, consider what kind of material and style of stool will look and work best in your kitchen.
But where to begin? Picking the right kitchen stools for your style, as always, comes down to finding the right inspiration. Luckily, we've compiled a list of various stool styles for your perusal.
These stools look sleek and clean in this modern white kitchen! The matching leather high-back stools fit into the kitchen seamlessly. Metal legs are easy to move.
These red stools are another great example of a modern high-back design, but taken up a notch in flair. The swivel style makes turning and fidgeting more comfortable.
The best part about a backless stool is that you can get a higher stool and still fit it under the counter! These chic black and natural wood stools look simple and sophisticated.
Another lovely example of a backless stool, these white chairs look almost vintage due to the retro gold metal four-legged design.
Backless wooden stools are as simple and stylish as it gets! These four-legged options fit under the counter easily.
The black metal legs of these natural wood stools looks so stunning—they fit perfectly in this kitchen. For a similar look, find contrasting metal and wooden stools.
Backless short metal stools may sound boring at first, but take a look at this example and you'll see how fashionable they can be. This kitchen is already busy so an easy stool can be a great option.
These colorful swivel high-backs are the perfect option for someone who likes a more whimsical look!
These classic-looking hunter-green high-backs are the ideal stools for a personal bar—your friends will certainly be impressed with your impeccable taste.
Looking for a tad bit of support in your stools? Consider a low-back stool option—they're still easy to tuck away but can help ease back strain.
Again, low-backs are a good idea if you're looking for the support that backless stools don't have. These modern options are great for a beachy or contemporary kitchen.
Velvet is a rich fabric that you shouldn't be afraid to use in the kitchen—the payoff is simply golden!
These folding wooden stools are unique, but might be a good option for you if you have a family and lack space, or if you may want to put them away from time to time.
These modern black and gold stools feature arms for extra support whilst sipping away at your drink. Consider this option if you spend a lot of time at your kitchen counter or frequently have guests over.
When you think of a bar stool, this type of chair might come to mind. Truly classic, these stools are what you might find at most bars—this high-back design never goes out of style.
For more bar ideas, consider this ideabook.