Bar stools are not only a great way to get extra seats without taking up too much space, but they can also serve as unique accent pieces in your kitchen. Bar stools are great for high counters, kitchen islands or long bistro style tables and can work with pretty much all styles of decor. Here are some tips on what type of bar stool you might want to match with some decoration styles.
A modern style requires elegant modern lines. You can get interesting stools in chrome or steel that go well with chrome appliances. If your kitchen has the dark mysterious look, try adding bar stools with a black finish. To add some zip you can use bar stools that have a funky design, or if you're not the adventurous, try some with a half back or V-shaped leg.
Retro is these days and what better way to accentuate your kitchen in retro style than with stools that bury design elements from the good old days. You can buy brand new stools that are chrome and vinyl in a variety of styles. Unlike the actual vintage chairs, you don't have to worry about stainless steel or grated furniture with new stools. You can get good stool with or without back in a retro 50-look, a vinyl retro lounge look with a full back and arms, and even backless magnifications just as you would see in the reading business.
For tropical theme kitchens, you can choose from a wide selection of bar stools that compliment your appearance. First you can go with a regular bamboo or rattan if your kitchen is very informal. If you want a more fun look you can try metal bar stools that have a palm or other tropical style cut or similar stool that is painted on the back with tropical patterns.
If your kitchen is modeled on a cafe or bistro, you will find many chairs you can use to enhance the look. Common cherry tree chairs like the ones you would see in the exclusive coffee shops always look great and you can also get metal chairs with an elegant new year design that complements this look great.
If you go with an ethnic, earthly cuisine like a Tuscan or Mexican style, you can look at wrought iron chairs. They come with patterns on backs, arms and legs that range from really scrolly to just a little. With upholstered seats, they can be covered to match the colors of your kitchen.
If you have a more formal or traditional kitchen, there are many bar stools that go perfectly. I like a heavier stool with this look so you can try an oak or driving crew that is sturdy and with arms. If you want an exclusive pub look, try wood and leather bar stools that add class and elegance to any room.
If, like many people, your kitchen is eclectic without any special theme, there is still a bar stool that looks good. You can really show your creativity with hand-painted stools that depict many objects from flowers to fruit to sea scenes.
A word of caution when choosing a bar stool – you have to be sure to get the right height for your counter or table. Usually, bar stools seats range from 17 "to 31" so there is a good chance that you will be able to buy the stools you love in the size you need. To find out what size you should measure the distance from the bottom of the table or to the floor. An ideal fit would be to leave between 10 and 13 inches away from the bottom of the table to the top of the chair's post, so if your table was 35 "from the floor you would like to get a 24" bar stool. This is quite important as buying a stool that does not fit your table or counter properly will lead to uncomfortable seating.