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.
Sometimes black is chosen to emphasize certain contrasts, like these bar stools that stand out in this particular setting because they interact with the white walls and wooden counter and floor.
In traditional or rustic interiors, however, the accent is not as much on the sophisticated looks as it is on the way an element matches everything else around it and on the way it integrates in the whole décor composition.
Black is the go-to color when nothing else seems to fit or when you’re trying to create a timeless and simple design without standing out. The Cut stool by Gudmundur Ludvik is a safe choice although it does have plenty of character. It has a frame made of aluminum which makes it lightweight and easy to operate.
Upholstered seats are, as a general rule, certainly more comfortable than their non-padded counterparts. But there are pros and cons when considering upholstery on a seat that sees more than its fair share of staining potential.
Fabric, as opposed to leather, tends to be a little bit more versatile. It comes in many different textures, not to mention the array of colors and patterns. Also, fabric is easier to work with. Fabric-upholstered furniture, in this case bar stools, make a space feel more casual and thus more comfortable and inviting. But their rusticity can be toned down by incorporating various accessories into their design or by pairing them with certain types of furniture or certain colors and materials.