Bar Stools / September 14, 2018 / Stephanie Mullen
While an array of metal kitchen chairs can be found online and in stores, for a truly unique look you may want to tap the talents of a skilled metalsmith. Their products will likely cost more than what you'll find in most stores, but you can find one-of-a-kind designs for chairs that will transform your kitchen into a space to remember.
What material do you want your bar stools to be made of? For a traditional look, choose oak or other wood and stain or seal it to suit your tastes. Sleek lines in painted wood or metal will complement a contemporary kitchen. Or you can create an eclectic look by choosing bar stools in a contrasting style or color to the rest of your kitchen's decor.
If you'd prefer the stools to make a design statement rather than receding into the island, consider introducing a new material to the space, whether it's metal or a colorful finish. And don't overlook the legs—placed in multiples, the effect can be "busy." Beyond aesthetics, though, make sure the stools are proportional to both the island and the overall space—and that footrests are comfortable.
It's easy to think of country chairs as being made of heavy oak and stained a golden brown, but do some research and you'll find that "country" decor encompasses a wide range of looks, from French country to Amish to mission to an eclectic mix of styles.
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