By Kelly O’Roark
If you’re wondering how to choose kitchen bar stools that suit your specific kitchen and the beautiful island at the center, you’ll need to determine several factors in order to get a plan in place. Finding bar stools that complement your home’s design style and provide a comfortable seating area for entertaining are important, but there are other technical factors to consider as well.
Once of the characteristics of a modern kitchen is an eye-catching island that doubles as a food prep area, as well as an extra seating area for wining and dining. If you want to transform your island countertop into the epicenter of entertainment, assess the following components to find a winning formula for choosing the perfect breakfast bar stools for your kitchen:
1. Determine the Right Height
In order to determine the right kitchen stool height, you’ll first need to measure the distance from the top of the countertop to the floor. You’ll want to find a barstool that provides approximately 10 to 12 inches of space in between the top of the seat and the top of the countertop. For example, the distance between this countertop and the floor is 36 inches, so a bar stool that has a seat that’s approximately 24 to 26 inches from the floor is perfect.
The top of this stool cushion is 25 inches from the floor, which means there is 11 inches of space in between the top of the seat cushion and the top of the countertop, which is an ideal amount of room for an adult to sit comfortably and eat.
2. Determine the Best Design
When choosing a bar stool design, you need to take both form and function into consideration. Since this kitchen has both contemporary and traditional elements, the bar stools should reflect that hybrid combination when it comes to the decorative design. These chairs have a traditional shape, but a slightly contemporary design on the back, which complement the home’s design style.
Regarding the function aspect, if you have little ones or elderly guests who visit often, it’s best to choose a barstool with a back to prevent falls. These backs are high enough so that they not only mitigate the risk of falling, but they also support the entire back so that people can sit comfortably for extended periods of time.
3. Determine the Best Color(S)
When selecting your kitchen bar chairs, it’s important to pick colors that complement the countertops, flooring, cabinets, and dish sets. These granite countertops have a cream-colored foundation with splashes of black, brown, taupe, and gray. These grayish brown chairs with light gray cushions bring out the gray and taupe tones in the countertop while complementing the darker black and brown tones.
Since the cabinets and flooring are wood, these stool frames continue that earthy theme as the colors are rich and can be found in an earth tone color palette with the clay and stone-inspired hues. They play the perfect supporting role to the countertops, as they don’t take away from the gorgeous design in the granite.
Don’t hesitate to do your homework and look for inspiration for choosing earth tone colors and designs that work together in countertops, flooring, and even area rugs. If you’re unsure exactly how to do it, you’ll be glad you did your research ahead of time!
4. Determine the Right Number
When figuring out how many kitchen island stools you’ll need, think big! If you have a rectangular island, you want to get the most bang for your buck in terms of seating. While it’s easy to find a couple of random kitchen stools and call it a day. (Guilty.) it doesn’t complete the space having only two seats. When you only have two bar stools, it leaves the countertop looking empty and uninviting for larger groups of people.
Placing four or five stools invites people to sit and chat over dinner or coffee, and maximizes the seating area. Look at the difference it makes when the number of chairs is doubled from two to four! The second picture sets the tone for a welcoming environment where family members and house guests can make use of the counter space aside from food prep and cooking. Whether it’s a Saturday brunch or a New Year’s Eve Party, this kitchen is likely going to be the hub of the party.
Choosing the right breakfast bar stool is less stressful (and actually fun and enjoyable) when taking the above factors into account. Determining the right height, design, color, and quantity for your customized kitchen island will bring a polished look, extra seating, and happy houseguests to the heart of your home. As a homeowner, it doesn’t get any better than that!
Images used with permission, courtesy of Kelly O'Roark