Even with a beautifully appointed dining space, your guests and family still tend to congregate in the kitchen for dinner parties and routine meals. After all, everyone wants to be close to the action and get the first whiff of whatever is being pulled from the oven.
With so much attention placed on the kitchen, it’s important to be thoughtful and intentional about kitchen area seating. Selecting the right modern barstools can turn your kitchen bar into a focal point. Here’s a few options that pack a visual punch.
Pop of Color
Barstools are a great opportunity to introduce a splash of bold color in the kitchen. For modern, open-concept spaces, you will need to make sure the color you choose for your barstools complements the other colors you use in adjoining living and dining spaces.
For brightly colored barstools, we also recommend sparse seating with low backs so that the color is not overwhelming. The seat to the left is adjustable, which is great for any counter height.
If you have a modern industrial design sensibility in your home, you can carry that through in your barstools. Look for pieces that use reclaimed or distressed wood with iron or steel accents. The idea is to carefully select barstools that would be right at home in an Industrial Age factory without sacrificing style.
Other options that fit in nicely with industrial home design are metal utility stools. The only disadvantage of such stools is they are not height adjustable and cannot swivel, which may make them less functional as a seating option.
After all these years, we still love the sleek design of the classic Cherner stool. Originally designed in the 1950s, these stools have been reissued to painstakingly match the original designs from the time they were originally manufactured. With the resurgence of midcentury modern design, Cherner stools fit right in to today’s modern homes. While the stools are not height adjustable, they do come in either counter or bar height, which gives homeowners some options to work with.
For homeowners who want to establish a more eclectic feel in their kitchen seating, there is always the option to choose a highly stylized chair with whimsical cutouts in the back.
The chair to the left features an eye-catching design, but is also practical with padding and a footrest for added comfort, as well as the ability to adjust the height if necessary.
Metal mesh bar stools are a good option for homeowners who prioritize minimalism in their home design. Mesh materials allow natural light to fully pass through and help make your barstools appear less bulky.
The chair to the right comes in bold colors like blue and orange, but is also available in a more unassuming white. As an alternative, you can select transparent acrylic barstools to maintain a feeling a minimalism in the home.