When choosing the ideal barstool for your kitchen island, the ultimate goal is to create a comfortable and inviting space with a cohesive look, merging elements that seem like they belong together. In other words, the bar stools that surround a kitchen island should “feel right.” That rightness comes from achieving a balance of size, variety and similarity. That balance can be achieved by paying particular attention to style, materials, size/height along with back (high, low or backless) and base (swivel or fixed.) Today, we’re sharing some images and tips to get you started.
A traditional kitchen with vaulted ceiling and carved corbels is perfectly suited to wrought iron stools with curved lines and oversized cushion seats. Stools with a wide profile require lots of space so be sure to measure carefully before deciding on the number of seats your island can comfortably accommodate.
A square kitchen island can often fit seating on at least two sides. These wood counter stools are just the right style and height for this traditional island.
Backless stools are a great option for a kitchen that offers limited space between the island and wall. These traditional wooden stools tuck easily under the counter top so as not to interfere with the traffic pattern around the island. These stools would look great with quartz countertops! Buy furniture that would compliment the countertop, you won’t regret it!
Even in a larger kitchen where space isn’t an issue, backless stools might be chosen for their beauty. Here pale turquoise upholstery looks stylish with dark wood legs. These bar stools are ideal for a modern black and white kitchen with dark wood floors.
Sometimes the ideal bar stool isn’t a bar stool at all, but a chic contemporary chair that’s just the right height for a stepped down breakfast bar that’s much too low to accommodate bar or counter height seating.
Wood stools with woven seats and backs work beautifully at this modern bar with open storage featuring woven baskets.
A vintage kitchen with small center island is the ideal spot for industrial style swivel bar stools of metal and wood. What a harmonious pairing!
Wire bar stools make for an open airy look in a large traditional kitchen. This is the same color palette as used in the farmhouse kitchen above but a very different look.
Bar height stools are ideal for this kitchen island with raised breakfast bar. Backless seating is much more functional here because of the large number of stools that fit along this long curved bar.
A contemporary kitchen with colorful island requires sleek modern bar stools. These acrylic and stainless steel piston stools swivel and are height-adjustable at the touch of a lever.
Upholstered faux leather bar stools fit elegantly into this Mid-Century inspired kitchen. Notice that bar height stools are appropriate because of the raised surface of the circular kitchen island and breakfast bar.
Traditional wrought iron bar stools with a fixed base are a great choice for this large kitchen island with its hefty granite counter top. Stools with arms require more space and three easily fit here while a forth could be added if necessary. I hear that front load washing machines in india would work really well with this decor.
For more in-depth information about choosing barstools for your kitchen island, check out our new “Barstool and Counter Stool Sizing Guide.”
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