Kitchen Stools: What’s Your Style?

I was contemplating painting or recovering the barstools in our kitchen so I went in search of inspiration and look what I found! Seven different styles of kitchen barstools to inspire a fresh change if you’re seeking one too.

Classic. Criss cross or straight up and down slats are the hallmark of a classic barstool. With some varieties you can remove the seat cover and change it to a fabric you prefer, others are designed to attach chair pads to their seats.

classic criss cross barstools

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Industrial. Made of metal and often backless, and industrial style stool brings edgy contrast to a kitchen space filled with painted and wood surfaces. 

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Leather.  Leather is a forgiving, easy to clean hide and its surface adds a warm patina to a kitchen space. Find them in both square and round shapes for tucking under islands or peninsulas.

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Cottage.  Sometimes called a farmhouse or country style, cottage stools often have rush seat chairs and ladder backs. They’re commonly available in black, white, and wood tones, but also look charming when painted bright colors.

cottage style barstools

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Retro. Inspired by the diners of the 1950s, a retro barstool is chrome with rounded tubular supports. They’re a nostalgic and fun addition to kitchens and bars.

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retro stools in kitchen


Contemporary.  Kitchens with clean lines and modern finishes call for contemporary stools to complement the style of the space, and their sleek and chic shapes add a sophisticated touch.

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contemporary bar stools


Colorful.  No one can argue that a dose of color adds a cheerful touch to a kitchen and- basic barstools can easily be spray painted to add a happy hue.

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What style of barstool do you have in your kitchen?



6 Responses to “ Kitchen Stools: What’s Your Style? ”

  1. Great reference for me since I’m renovating my kitchen this summer! Thanks kate!

  2. This is my dream.
    A combo of traditional (shape) and industrial (finish) is what I would get if I had a counter that worked with bar stools. Our current home has an island with an overhang but the carpet and vinyl meet right where the stool would go. Bad planning by our builder!!!

  3. This is nice but where do you obtain these items? No resources are stated. I want to purchase chairs from the first and second pictures.

    Thank you.


  4. Hi, I love the white contemporary bar stool. Where can I purchase them? Thanks

  5. I am interested in buying some kitchen stools like the ones on the cover of the April issue 2013.
    Can you tell me where I can get them.
    Kind regards,

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