Islands and peninsulas are the hub around which daily activities revolve in many modern kitchen counter with bar stools. And that means bar and counter stools experience more wear and tear than almost any other seating arrangement. If you’ve been living with stools that are showing their age or you’ve simply fallen out of love with what you’ve got. Check out some of our favorite styles below.
1. Kitchen counter with bar stools: Wicker
While sometimes considered a coastal or vintage material, wicker lends a casual texture to any kitchen and easily blends into almost any surrounding.
The low backs on the stools shown in this kitchen provide just the right amount of comfort while not impeding the view from the breakfast room to the stove.
Many outdoor-safe bar and counter stools are now crafted from a low-maintenance resin substitute that looks just like traditional wicker
Inside or outside, at the beach or at the lake, you can depend on these stools to last through many seasons of life and weather.
2. Bistro, or Riviera
This French cafe-inspired style is a great choice for weaving color and a fresh perspective through your kitchen.
Here, the stools help tie all the kitchen finishes together. The frames speak to the flooring, and the seats echo the whites found in the cabinetry and island countertop.
Though this kitchen feels rustic overall with a stained vent hood and sliding barn door
The curves of the bar stools contribute a slightly softer balance.
3. Kitchen counter with bar stools: X-Back, or Bentwood
The timeless crisscrossing lines of these stools is a gentle nod to the past while still looking comfortable in today’s modern home.
Here you’ll see that they complement a “transitional” interior with warehouse pendant lights and more traditional upper cabinets.
As the name suggests, the stools are composed of bent wood, and they coordinate effortlessly with almost any other chair in your space. If you have a nearby breakfast table. You can rest assured that an X-back stool isn’t likely to compete too intensely with its neighbors.
4. Mixed Material, or Industrial
Combining wood and metal, or pairing metal with upholstery, is a surefire way to bring warmth and interest to your kitchen.
These stools, coupled with the black lights above, contrast an all-white space to lend an interesting edge.
Mirroring the sharp lines of this modern and sleek kitchen, the bar stools slide perfectly under the waterfall edge of the island. The white upholstery on top provides a hint of softness and a visual break in the deeper colors of the cabinetry and countertop.
5. Kitchen counter with bar stools: Upholstered
A fabric or leather bar stool is a classic choice with limitless possibilities. Whether you lean toward a casual linen slipcover or tightly tailored leather, going the upholstered route ensures a comfortable piece perfectly suited to your preferences.
The bar stools and breakfast chairs in this kitchen are quietly covered in off-white fabrics, but this allows the pillows and Roman shades to stand in as the more vocal accents.
Don’t you just love how the tones on these stools pick up on the veins of that marble backsplash? A match made in kitchen heaven.
Simple and functional, all-metal stools get right to the point, providing a place to perch without excessive bells and whistles. With the vast array of finishes available — brushed nickel, brass, brightly painted hues — you are practically guaranteed to find one that coordinates nicely with your existing lighting and cabinet hardware.
You can’t go wrong with a clean, bright, all-white palette.
Here, a stainless steel vent hood and nickel pendant lights team up effortlessly with these stools, bringing a lovely dose of shine to an otherwise neutral space.