Let’s Drink to Fabulous Bar Stools

Outfitting your bar area – be it a full bar or just a kitchen island – is so much more exciting than designing the actual kitchen. Because practical applications such as dishwashing capabilities or cooking efficiency don’t apply to the bar, you have more liberty to go a little wild and crazy (or just a little more daring than usual) when decorating it. Even if your bar is not technically a bar, just a seating area, it may be one area of your kitchen where you can unleash your creative side. The perfect place to start: the bar stools.

Bar stools do need to be comfortable and practical for your lifestyle, but there are so many styles, shapes, colors and designs on the market that allow you to have fun choosing them. The right bar stools can give your kitchen a kick of style and freshness; they can practically make over your kitchen without emptying your pockets!

Choosing the right style is imperative. The stools will need to look at home in your overall kitchen design, but you can pick something unexpected – but not too out there – to liven up the room.

Retro bar stools are always fun, no matter the style of your kitchen:

A great midcentury stool adds a bit of color and flair to a sleek kitchen:
These contemporary bar stools introduce a new shape in this geometric, angular kitchen:
Pair a plain top with a cool base in a modern bar:
Global Views Dancing Circles Stools, via Houzz.com
No space? Hate clutter? Try an innovative seating solution to keep those stools tucked away when not in use.
Suspended Seating by Seating Innovations, via Houzz.com
Your bar stools can be chic as well as comfortable:
Arteriors Calvin Top Grain/Hide/Polished Nickel Barstool, image via Houzz.com
To make your bar stools a showstopping focal point, try an eye-catching color:
or an unusual shape:
Or both!
Hula Op Bar Stool by IBEBI Design
Hula Op Bar Stool by IBEBI Design

Inject a bit of humor into your bar with an apropos design:

Manhattan Bar Stool by Itamar Harari for B-LINE
Manhattan Bar Stool by Itamar Harari for B-LINE

They’ll go perfectly with your martini sink.

Do you have bar stools in your kitchen or bar? Have you ever seen a great design? Share it with us!