These days, it's tough to find a floor plan that isn't open. So when it comes to buying pieces that coordinate in a kitchen, work seamlessly with a dining room, and complement a living area, the search can be tough. But since your kitchen island can be seen from other parts of your house and often acts as its focal point, one way to solve this cohesion problem is to focus on the bar stools.
Find a pair (or more) in simplistic colors and streamlined shapes that'll work with any design scheme, and it will be easier to incorporate more elaborate shades and textures throughout the rest of the space. Here are 14 choices to help bridge that gap, from sleek adjustable stools to midcentury modern classics. While none of these picks are too over the top, they all can be used to help unify a larger design.
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Step into a Parisian bistro with these handmade beauties. The Riviera Collection's stools come in a variety of colors, styles, and heights, all with that distinct rattan detailing and charm.
Prepare yourself to receive compliments left and right when you're the owner of this counter stool by Corrigan Studio, which has more than 500 five-star ratings on Wayfair. Designed with walnut wood and upholstered in faux leather, this pick makes for a midcentury modern dream.
With a comfortable saddle seat designed around the body's natural shape, you may never want to leave the home bar. We love that this pick is simple, with sleek black legs and a beautiful, natural wood seat.
This customer favorite combines the sleekness of iron with the softness of bouclé upholstery, one of this decade's trendiest fabrics. The legs of this stool are finished in matte black paint, giving this pick a modern touch.
Crate and Barrel created a timeless, long-lasting piece when crafting its Taj stools. The woven leather and mindi wood frame create an undeniably luxe piece of furniture you will cherish for years to come. And thanks to the back support and woven leather, which has a little give, this might be one of the comfier stools you can get.
For something a bit more industrial, consider this duo you can grab on Wayfair. The solid wood seat paired with metal legs creates a stunning, minimalist look while the visible bolting adds a more handcrafted flare.
We are loving these tufted, linen swivel seats. They're comfortable, sturdy, and easy to assemble, and they would look perfect in nearly any space.
Here we have industrial design at its finest. The Oswalt stool features a vintage-inspired iron base that's contrasted by the light-wood seat. Plus, it's loved by more than 1,300 Wayfair shoppers.
Here's a counter stool that's just as comfy as your favorite accent or dining chair. We love that this is customizable, allowing you to design it according to your space and taste. Pick from a variety of both neutral and bold shades of customer-favorite fabrics, including tweed, bouclé, and velvet.
If you like the look of the previous stool but want something just a bit airier, here's the one for you. This still features a cushioned seat (though significantly smaller) and a contoured wooden back inspired by vintage school chairs.
Over 1,000 Target shoppers are obsessed with this backless stool set, which we believe will make any space look instantly cooler. They also come in black and white if you prefer something a little less industrial.
There's something so lovely about a rich wooden counter stool, and this pick from Anthropologie is a quintessential example. The thin wooden legs give it an ethereal look, like it came right out of a flower-filled forestscape.
This CB2 number is in collaboration with Kravitz Design by Lenny Kravitz. The black leather sling can be taken off for a whole different metal-forward look. It's basically two for the price of one if you ask us.
For something more traditional, consider this bar stool from Lulu and Georgia, which will instantly cozy up any kitchen. The Cylia stool features a woven seat and curved back, both of which allow for hours of comfortable sitting.