Modern furniture can be characterized in many different ways. Most often, it’s the simplicity or minimalism that makes it stand out. But modern designs can also be reinterpretations of the classics with a twist. This selection of bar stools incorporates a variety of modern influences and details. Although they have a modern look, they can also easily be incorporated in various other types of decors. For example, you can create an interesting contrast of styles by using them in a traditional kitchen.
There’s something about the crisp, no-nonsense lines of a square bar stool that make it a perfect choice in a modern kitchen. Structure, order, and functionality in one piece. Done and done. Sometimes a space with lots of hard angles, such as a kitchen, can greatly benefit from a few curves here and there. A rounded bar stool might be just the thing.
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.
Of course, before any of that you should decide whether or not counter-height chairs are the best choice for your home. To help you decide, let’s made a quick comparison between standard and counter-height stools and the tables that match them. Standard tables are the most common and this means they come in a large variety of sizes, designs and finishes so it would be easier to find something you like in this category. Also, because standard-height tables are so common, people are more used with them and thus find them more comfortable. Another argument in their favor is the fact that they’re better for disabled people.
Looking for bar stools that are a little more straight forward? With no nonsense squares like these, they’ll fit in small corners and can be pushed away under the table when you’re done using them. Available on Amazon.
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.
Nothing blends in quite like acrylic, and bar stools made this way are no exception. This adds a sleek, contemporary, almost commercial feel to the bar space. Even if the bar stool is the only color in the entire neutral space, it can be enough to add fresh life and personality.
Speaking of a vintage or reclaimed vibe, these Knoll stools from Steven Shell of London are fantastic. Substantial yet with an elegant touch thanks to the curved bottom of the feet, they are available in a variety of finishes. Made from premium mahogany, the stools are hand finished and have a mortise and tenon frame construction. While they might be pieces with a vintage look, they are of a quality fit for handing down over time.
Pacific Green uses elements from traditional craft designs of the Pacific Islands and sustainable materials from the region to create its pieces. This leather-covered rustic bar stool has a drum-shaped bottom with metal legs, accented with hairpin supports.
Similarly, these spare metal bar stools are topped with a wooden seat that has splashes of color that also evoke a recycled feel. Whether or not you use them with the matching bar, they will inject some subtle color into your kitchen or bar area.
Multiple options for swiveling bar stools exist they can swivel out from attachment to the counter itself (a space-saving function) or the bar stool’s seat can swivel on top of its own frame. Keep in mind arm rests if you opt for swiveling; if you have arm rests on your bar stool, they should be lower than your counter to keep from destroying the counter’s edge over time.
If kids are in the picture, you’ll definitely want to weigh more heavily those characteristics such as sturdiness (to prevent their accidentally tipping over), durability, and ease of cleaning. Of course, if the bar stools will be used exclusively (or, at least, primarily) by adults, you can afford to safely go with lower backs, more delicate stability, and swivel options.
This Tolix replica stool may differ a bit from the original but it definitely keeps the beauty and elegance intact. It offers a simple and affordable way to add a bit of industrial character to a kitchen, basement or living space.
It’s always fun to add some vintage flair to your home, but what about those times when you can’t find or can’t afford what you’re looking for. You can cheat and buy new like these vintage looking bar stools that come with all the wear and tear of a true treasure.