The Best Bar Stools for Kitchen Small Talk

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One important detail, often ignored and easily forgotten, is having bar stools in the bar area and kitchen. When guests arrive at my house, they immediately find a seat on my bar stools and sit there for hours upon hours. In a few weeks I’m going to host a sushi night just so that my friends can come and enjoy some bar stool time. In any kitchen, it always seems to be the perfect place for your guests to chat with you while you prepare snacks, meals, or drinks. They always say that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Why not make it perfectly inviting for friends and family?

Above we see a stylish marble bar area with olive green stools that fits perfectly underneath the bar. The green also compliments the copper light perfectly.

Modern Kitchen with Short Stools
Image: Hither & Thither

I think I could sit and enjoy meals on these white Eiffel chairs all day. They are the perfect addition to an all wood kitchen. I also appreciate that they are a comfy choice for the area. Imagine being a small child and having to sit on hard wooden stools with no support. These add great back support.

Different Stools in White Kitchen
Image: Country Living

This look is fun and budget friendly. All you need is a collection of wooden stools in all shapes and sizes ( staying with the same height of course). It also works in this kitchen because it’s such a pretty white backdrop, allowing the wooden stools a chance to pop.

Below are some tips to remember when picking out the perfect stools:

  1. When purchasing a stool for a child friendly home, always remember to choose sturdy, heavy, stools that aren’t flimsy at the legs. Also a back doesn’t hurt.
  2. If you’re family sits at the bar area frequently, then choose stools that have a nice cushion on the bum. Even wooden stools that have a dip in them for the bum are better than just a flat surface.
  3. When mixing and matching, choose stools that are in the same color family, or the same shape but in different colors. Make one of these details cohesive with all of your stools.
  4. Remember to measure the height of your bar area. The last thing you want is to receive a stool that is too tall or too short.
  5. Think outside of the box and have fun with your bar space.

Do you have bar stools in your kitchen?

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