Because bar stools are a taller seating piece, they tend to be noticeable. A glossy modern stool or three can go a long way toward making an entire area feel more contemporary, if that is your aim.
Speaking of which, the Tolix stool known as a Tabouret can definitely add some charm to pretty much any bar or counter. It was originally designed for exterior use but its versatility allowed it to make its way inside the house.
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.
A good strategy is to pair white with more white. So if you have a kitchen with white cabinetry and a white island, then perhaps a set of white bar stools would be the right choice in such a case.
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.
By their very nature of being wood, wooden frame bar stools tend to carry more visual punch than other materials, which are able to be manipulated for weight-bearing capacities. Wooden frames can be quite versatile, as they look fantastic in a cottage setting as well as provide a lovely earthy contrast in a more contemporary one.