These past two months, Rachel and I have designed two kitchens that needed bar stools. Bar stools need higher seats at about 28–30 inches or so. Not every manufacturer makes a bar stool, so we had to hunt for the perfect styles for our kitchen designs.
Our first kitchen had dark cabinets and light stone backsplashes. We wanted to bring out the metal to the reclaimed wood island and decided to feature an industrial metal bar stool. We found the Ferrer Bar Stool in galvanized metal available online from Nuevo.
By blending the metal with the dark woods and the found materials, we were able to design texture into the space. By layering shiny and matte finishes, the kitchen feels custom designed. In this kitchen, shine was the most important visual design element to bring forward to the island.
Our second kitchen has a loft and a Balinese feel that we call Contemporary Zen. The kitchen is constructed of cement walls and cork floors. We mixed elements that are more unexpected in Western culture. For this bar-height counter, we selected a rattan bar stool from Hollywood at Home.
The “How to Marry a Millionaire” custom bar stool gives a textural element to the room like a basket would. The refined woven texture softens the look of the cement walls and counter tops. In this design, the woven texture of the bar stool helped make the island pop.
In our third kitchen, we have a counter-height island that needed a lower seat at 24–26 inches. We hunted around and found a wonderful option from Restoration Hardware.
This bar stool offsets the white cabinetry and the oak island with a rustic wood finish. The rounded backs soften all the squares the cabinetry presents to the eye. We like the casual linen juxtaposed to the refined French frame. For this kitchen, it was important to break up the hard lines of the island with the curve of the bar stool back.