We love a good contemporary bar stool and our love runs deep. Bar stools are accessible, functional and are a popular style hack designers use to upgrade décor for a modern, contemporary look. With open planning here to stay, people are breaking down the boundaries that used to divide rooms and are using spaces interchangeably for a more communal approach to life. Enter the bar stool. Although bar stools are among the most flexible pieces of furniture you can own and work in any area of your home, they really come into their own in the kitchen where they add a ton of personality without taking up too much precious real estate. Let’s investigate!
It’s all in the details
Unless you have a floating cocktail table - in which case we are on our way for happy hour immediately - kitchen stools are generally lower than the traditional bar stool and need to be about 65cm high to sit comfortably at a kitchen counter. If you have absolutely fallen in love with a bar stool that’s a little higher, you can probably stretch to 70cm as a maximum height but, of course, do measure the height of your kitchen counter first! In terms of how many stools you can fit, the general rule is to allow 50-60cm per stool to be comfortable. So if you have an island bench of 2 metres you could squeeze in 4 stools, although 3 might be a better option to ensure your guests will have plenty of room rather than being elbow to elbow – which is not quite the chic feel we are after! But the number of stools will also be dependent on the width of the stool.
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Here’s where the fun starts. If you are not sure where to start with your stools, go back to the images of kitchens you love and take a peek at their stools for some inspiration. Do you have a vision of some upholstered beauties in luxe fabrics that ooze glam? Or perhaps clean lines for a sleek feel is going to fit right in at your counter? With bar stools at peak popularity right now, there is an amazing array of styles to choose from and there will be a perfect bar stool for you. When thinking about colour, you can pull an accent colour from your kitchen to make a statement or go for more neutral tones if you would like them to blend in.
An eclectic mix of bar stools? Yes please!
We are all familiar with the mismatched dining chair trend, but did you know it also extends to bar stools? Mismatched bar stools add masses of personality and interest to any room, as well as giving your interiors a coveted eclectic-chic feel that will never go out of style. Custom interiors are a shortcut to giving your home a super-stylish feel and it’s a look that is all yours. The same rule applies - keep the height consistent and you can mix and match to your heart’s content.