Aluminum Kitchen Chairs

Durable and versatile, aluminum is a popular choice for kitchen chairs.
Transitional Kitchen With a Stainless Steel Island and Green Backsplash

Transitional Kitchen With a Stainless Steel Island and Green Backsplash

This kitchen features a stainless steel island, bar stools and appliances, traditional brown cabinets, and a green tile backsplash. Two large drum pendant fixtures illuminate the kitchen island.

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By: Gina Hannah

Aluminum kitchen chairs can be a good choice for your cooking space, whether you want a look that is contemporary, rustic or an eclectic mix of styles.

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Kitchen Chronicles

Owner Madelyn Smith knew she'd found "the one" the first time she stepped inside the McLean, Va., home where she lives with husband, Dominic. It was almost perfect. The newly built kitchen — with white cabinetry, a walnut-topped island, marble countertops and top-of-the-line appliances — was gorgeous, but it had no pep or personality. Madelyn wanted to keep the room's good bones but add her own flare, so she asked Washington, D.C., interior designer Marika Meyer to help her turn a blank canvas into a stylish spot for a high-energy family of five.

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Fiery Red Barstools

Metal stools from the Sundance Catalog got a makeover with a coat of primer and red paint (Salsa by Benjamin Moore). "The stools are crazy comfortable because of their extra-big square seats," says Madelyn.

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Get This Look

Add the pop of color to your own kitchen with these Garden backless barstools, $139, homedecorations.com.

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Easy-Access Faucet

Dominic, a former restaurant owner and an avid cook, suggested a wall-mounted pot filler at the range. "It's a great little timesaver," says Madelyn. "I make tea every morning, and I can fill my kettle right at the stove."

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Get This Look

The art of boiling water just got even easier. Fill a pasta pot, saucepan or anything else easily with this Delta Faucet chrome pot filler, $362, bellcor.com.

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Sturdy Lighting

A substantial island calls for substantial lighting, so Madelyn and Marika picked out three hefty pendants. They're big enough to illuminate the space, whether the kids are doing art projects or Mom and Dad are chopping veggies. Make an industrial statement in your kitchen with this Sloane single pendant with metal shade, $525, circalighting.com.

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Bright Accessories

Madelyn filled the shelves above the sink with go-to cookbooks and colorful vases and jars. "I've collected the pottery over the years," she says. "Some pieces were gifts, and now I have the just-right spot to show them off."

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Add Your Own Flare

Mix these bright vases with your favorite cookbooks, picture frames or anything that adds a colorful personal touch. Imax ceramic vases, $88 for a set of three, wayfair.com

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A Touch of Paint

At 9 feet up, glass-front cabinets along the ceiling were too high to be practical for everyday storage. Marika decided to paint the insides dark teal (Blue Danube by Benjamin Moore) and fill the space with antique olive jars.

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Understated Backsplash

You don't have to make a real splash with your backsplash. The old design (ceramic and glass tiles with a floral pattern) was too ornate for Madelyn's taste, so subway title was swapped in. To kick up the style behind the stove, she chose slightly smaller tiles in a herringbone pattern. Waterworks Studio Cottage Field Tile in Dover White Glossy Solid, $15 per square foot, waterworks.com

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Wow Windows

Bonus: Roman shades require about half the fabric that drapes do, so they're a money-saving option, especially for a large expanse. "The four shades that span across the windows are like art for the room," says Madelyn. Wilmington Multi Roman shade fabric, $27 per yard, calicocorners.com

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Sizable Matters

The original dining area had a puny light fixture that made it look empty and drab. An iron chandelier that matches the bronze pendants over the island was swapped in.

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A Stellar Chandelier

This large lighting piece is more than 44 inches wide and makes a nice fit above the generously sized oval table. Visual Comfort small Flemish aged iron linear pendant, $483, lightingnewyork.com

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Unexpected Rugs

Madelyn put a wool runner between the island and the stove, which is a pleasant departure from typical kitchen mats, and simple small rugs.

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Area Rugs

Keeping with the non-kitchen-y rug theme, a wool Soumak rug was put under the table in the dining area. "It's super durable, and the colors and pattern hide spills, crumbs and Cheerios," Madelyn says. Get the look in your home with this Persian hand-knotted red rug from E Carpet Gallery Persian, 4'3" x 6', $379, rugsusa.com.

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Aluminum chairs work well in the kitchens of families with young children. The chairs are lightweight yet extremely durable. When there's a spill, an aluminum chair needs simply to be wiped clean; no need for upholstery cleaning.

Aluminum chairs come in a variety of styles, from simple diner chairs with midcentury modern lines to the curved lines of a French country or garden look. An aluminum chair's lines can have a sleek and minimalistic look or the time-worn look of hammered metal. These chairs can be bare or painted in any color you want so it will either blend with the rest of your kitchen or provide a color pop.

You can also find chairs that are a mix of aluminum and wood, or aluminum and a water-resistant material such as polystyrene. Many chairs have an aluminum frame and a wood seat and/or back. If you love a midcentury modern look, try a chair design with a metal frame and vinyl seals, either with or without padding. You can also add a cushion to an aluminum chair for extra comfort. However, many aluminum chair designs have a curved seat that is designed for comfort.

Known for its durability, aluminum is resistant to corrosion and rust while weighing less than steel or cast iron. You'll also have a wider range of designs to choose from with aluminum, as it is made by pouring liquid material into casts. Aluminum chairs are available in standard table and bar heights, so you can mix and match style and color to create a look you love in your kitchen.

Despite their durability, it's important to care for your aluminum chairs. Dirt and grime left on the chairs can cause them to pit. To clean the chairs, simply wash them with soap and water and dry them with a soft cloth. Avoid using stainless steel cleaners. You can also clean the chairs by wiping them down after use with a standard household window cleaner. If you notice scratches on a chair, buff the area with an aluminum polish and buffing pads, following the instructions on the polish packaging. You can also use an automobile wax on the pieces if you wish. If your aluminum chairs are painted, you will keep them clean in the same way as with unpainted pieces. If a chair gets a chip in the paint, you can have a touch-up paint made in a color to match.

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