Design editor Kai Ethier shares her favorite kitchen stools on the market right now.
After working on our March issue, which pays tribute to the hardest-working room in the home, I have kitchens on the mind. Today I’m sharing my top picks for one of the space’s most important pieces of furniture: bar stools. A set of stylish, comfortable bar stools can really elevate your kitchen in both form and function. They transform your utilitarian cooking counter into a space to enjoy meals and just hangout, and they’re a great way to add your personal style if a full renovation isn’t in the cards. Click through to find your perfect set.
The Palmerston stool by Coolican & Co. is a favorite among H&H editors, myself included. It comes in multiple lovely finishes, like walnut and white oak, but I’m especially fond of the black oak finish (pictured).
I featured this mod Beso stool by Netherlands-based designer Khodi Feiz for Artifort in H&H‘s March issue, not only for its sleek build, but for its beautiful rich emerald color – also known as . H&H‘s color of the year
The Lucy barstool by Bend in Peacock Blue would make a playful addition to a mod or rustic kitchen. Bonus: it can be used indoors or outside, serving as extra seating for casual summer soirées.
Products: Lucy barstool, $689
For those lo oking for something more traditional, the Brugge bar stool from The Art Shoppe is the perfect fit. Its weathered oak finish and antique nail trim offer a dose of patina.
Products: Brugge Bar Stool, Price available upon request
Get the bistro look with Serena & Lily’s Riveria bar stool, typical of what you’d find in a quaint 1930s French brasserie.
The netted detail and chrome legs of the Guapa stool from Palazzetti is offered in a range of colors to suit any kitchen space, from sage green to ocean blue and ash grey (pictured).
Products: Guapa stool
Plastic and pale wood combine to create a bar stool that would look just as at home in a modern kitchen as it would in a Wes Anderson film thanks to its classic-with-a-quirk aesthetic.
Products: Cream Bar Stool, price available upon request.
Speaking of classic, that’s exactly how I would describe the Hadley bar stool from Ethan Allen. Plus, it looks like you could sit comfortably there all day – the sign of a great chair.
Products: Hadley Barstool, $959
The Abby stool from Structube is handsome, comfortable and best of all, it’s reasonably priced.
Products: The Abby Stool, $199
Clad in soft leather, this sturdy mid-century modern bar stool from Green Light District is expertly crafted with a commitment to the environment – a stool you can feel good about sitting on!
Products: Counter Stool
, price available upon request