Some designs and systems make it more difficult to determine the right distance between them. It’s the case here where this small kitchen island and its two attached stools had to fit into a limited space. Suspended seats such as these ones which come in pairs of two are easier to work with. Because they’re incorporated into the island, they can be put away when not in use to save space.
This luxuriously upholstered metal bar stool, also By Nick Alain, has a crystal accent under the seat. The uniquely shaped legs, pinched together half-way down, end in finial style feet topped by a gear-shaped trim. Light colored wood and matte metal legs make these bar stools neutral and versatile for many decorating styles. From Classic Home, they have a sturdy, contemporary profile.
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.
If your bar stool area is nearby other chairs, you might consider coordinating the seating throughout the space. This isn’t to say you should run out to the nearest furniture store and buy a set of identical-except-for-height chairs and stools. But you could consider keeping one style element similar for consistency, such as the wicker seats in this photo.