Bar stools are a practical way to add style and functionality to an open floor plan, a kitchen, a basement and a variety of other spaces. However, choosing the right type of bar stool is a challenging experience that has to do with a variety of details.
In some cases, the color palette sets certain ground rules. Like this contemporary kitchen that’s mostly white with a few black and gray-beige accents. The black bar stools are the excellent addition to the décor, making everything else come together wonderfully.
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.
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.
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.
The balance in this kitchen is the result of great cooperation between all the materials, finishes and colors. The white bar stools add soft curves to the décor while the rest of the furniture maintains clean lines. The rounded seats on these bar stools are definitely just what the space needed to feel welcoming and cozy. This proves that shape is often more powerful than color when it comes to creating a unique interior design.
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.
The Glenn bar stool from Ikea is chic and functional for a variety of reasons. It has a curved white seat and a chrome-plated frame. It’s stackable and this allows you to save some space when the stools are not in use.
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.
You’ll want to measure your counter height and make sure there is enough space between the bar stool seat and the bottom of the counter. A 10”-12” difference is recommended for optimum comfort and functionality.
After going through two styles dominated by rough designs and rather bland colors we now redirect our attention towards the mid-century modern designs which incorporate a little bit more colors, bold shades as well as more delicate and subtle looks. They maintain a timeless design and have a classical allure but they also tend to be more graphical and modern. When talking about bar stools, this translates as sleek and simplistic creations often featuring dynamic colors in order to become a focal point in the overall décor.
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.
When you have bar height seating in your home, it’s inevitable it will get a lot of use. Usually found in the kitchen, you probably use it as extra seating when you’re hosting a gathering. Maybe it serves as a habitual coffee spot where you always sip from your cup while you prepare for the day. If you have children, those bar seats are scooted in and out a hundred times a day for meals, snacks, homework and hang outs. Whatever your life looks like, you definitely need durable bar stools for your table. Here are 10 metal bar stools for all your hosting needs.