It’s hard to pinpoint the detail that makes the Portland stool so interesting. Some would say it’s the swirly shape but other would argue it’s the simplicity of the design and the beauty of solid steel frame. Either way, this black bar stool definitely knows how to stand out, even if the colors may not help.
At the modern end of the spectrum, a stool like this one from Worlds Away is a very stylish choice. The round brass stool has a white faux leather polyurethane upholstered seat, which makes it very easy to clean. Stylish with a touch of steampunk, this counter-height stool from Nick Alain is more like a piece of industrial art. The unique base has squared off legs, topped off with a set of five shaped spindles that hold up the beveled metal seat.
A similarly well-balanced décor is featured here. This open floor plan uses a long kitchen island as a divider between the spaces and the black bar stools emphasize this barrier. They match the counter top and the accent wall.
Bar stools are pretty controversial, not exactly something you’d expect for something so common and widely used. They’ve become a must-have for a lot of modern and contemporary kitchens and then of course we have the bars and man caves that make the most of them. There’s a surprisingly big number of variations related to the design and structure of the bar stool. A common debate is the choice between backless bar stools and those with backrests. Each type has its own pros and cons.
Even though the stools with backs win when it comes to comfort, there’s more to consider when choosing a style for a particular space. Backless stools have their charm too. For instance, a lot of people prefer them for the simple fact that they look sleek and beautiful and that they don’t clutter the space visually. Backless bar stools are also practical in the sense that you can tuck them under the counter to save space. So now that you know a little about both types and that you’ve also seen some wonderful designs, which one do you prefer?
Basically, the first thing you need to think about is in what space the bar stools will be going. This will provide a perfect starting point in your search. Will they be at the kitchen island and be used every day, many times a day? Or will they be tucked away in the basement kitchenette for the occasional holiday party?