Kitchen Island Bar Stools

Make sure this room's centerpiece has comfortable seating for your guests.
Transitional Kitchen With Blue Cabinets and White Barstools

Transitional Kitchen With Blue Cabinets and White Barstools

A white tile backsplash provides contrast to the blue cabinet color. A row of white barstools complements the white backsplash and countertops while chrome pendant lights over the large island add an industrial flair to this sleek space.

Photo by: Eric Rorer

Eric Rorer

A white tile backsplash provides contrast to the blue cabinet color. A row of white barstools complements the white backsplash and countertops while chrome pendant lights over the large island add an industrial flair to this sleek space.

These days, entertaining guests at home usually means will eventually congregate in the kitchen. It's important to have places for at least a few people to sit. The right kitchen island bar stools can turn your kitchen into an inviting sitting area.

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White Kitchen With Blue Tile Backsplash

Yellow pendant lights, floral-patterned barstools and a bright blue tile backsplash add welcome color to this white kitchen. A nearby breakfast nook offers extra room for dining in.

Green and White Eclectic Kitchen With Brass Pendants

With deep hunter green cabinetry and a Swiss cross-tile backsplash, this eclectic kitchen is fresh and imaginative. Brass pendants hang above the Nero Marquina marble island and tie in with the brass faucets.

From: Caitlin McCarthy Designs and Caitlin Murray

Gorgeous Mediterranean Eat-In Kitchen Features Dark Stained Cabinetry

This dreamy Mediterranean kitchen by Raegan Ford Interiors features beautiful dark stained cabinetry that matches the kitchen island. Dark wood beams, granite countertops and gray hardwood floors complete the stunning design.

Yellow and Black Accents Provide Color Punches in White Kitchen

Yellow and black provide punchy contrast to the sleek, white of this beach house kitchen. The color scheme creates a playful atmosphere and relates well to the pineapple wall print in the adjacent dining room.

Transitional Kitchen in Colorado Penthouse

The thick aqua edge of a glass countertop ties subtly to the dramatic backsplash of the same hue in this transitional Colorado kitchen. Meanwhile, dark cabinetry connects to the rich brown of the inset ceiling, bringing balance to the space.

Neutral Reclaimed Wood Softens Rustic Industrial Loft Kitchen

Sleek silver fixtures and neutral reclaimed wood cabinets coexist peacefully in this rustic industrial kitchen. Where the metal vent hood, exposed brick, and three pendant lights suggest hard functionality, the reclaimed wood cabinetry, flooring, and island soften the space and create an elegant balance.

Photo By: Studio 10 Interior Design

Soft Palette in Show-Stopping Kitchen

Lighted upper cabinets hold inset resin panels, a distinctive touch in this sleek and clean-lined kitchen. Charcoal tile continues up the backsplash and behind a slim, stainless steel hood, and appliances are built into pale gray cabinetry. Caesarstone quartz in white and gray adds polish that is balanced by industrial-style barstools and wood floors.

White Transitional Kitchen

The second island with chrome base bar chairs serves as a high-top table for casual meals and entertaining. Transom windows above the cabinets let in natural light, making the kitchen feel bigger and brighter.

Rustic-Inspired Kitchen Features Two Islands

Warm wood cabinets and floors pair with earth-toned granite countertops to create a rustic feel in this spacious kitchen. Two large islands offer plenty of prep space, and one is lined with barstools for casual dining.

Contemporary Kitchen Boasts Bold Shots of Color

A fire engine red island pairs with a colorful 3-D artwork installation to bring this contemporary kitchen to life. White walls, shelves, cabinets and a white range hood keep the space feeling bright and open.

White Open Plan Transitional Kitchen With Graphic Patterns

Fun, bold patterns punctuate this chic open plan kitchen and dining area, appearing on the chairs, window treatments and rugs. At one end of the island, a built-in bookshelf makes a handy home for cookbooks.

Updated Country Kitchen

Recessed lighting, orange metal drum shade pendant lights and a large window bring warmth and light to this kitchen. Polished granite countertops on the island serve as a durable surface for meal prep.

From: Robin LaMonte

Contemporary Italian Farmhouse Kitchen

This Austin, Texas, kitchen features warm colors and dark cabinetry that call back to the traditional, rustic feel of an Italian farmhouse. Wood beams criss-cross the ceiling, while broad, modern windows bring in loads of light.

White Transitional Kitchen With Gray Diamond Backsplash

This light and bright transitional kitchen incorporates super white quartzite countertops, a graphic stone backsplash, unusually shaped pendant lights and a farmhouse sink. Glass cabinetry continues the airy feel of the space.

Transitional Yellow Kitchen With Brown Cabinets

Bright shades of green fill this kitchen, making the space feel fresh and exciting. Traditional cabinetry and an island ground the room.

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Curved Bar

The innovative double oven in this chef's kitchen has French doors on top and a traditional single door on the bottom unit. To save countertop space, the microwave is located in a drawer in one of the lower cabinets.

Contemporary Eat-In Kitchen With Large Island

Large square tiles laid on the diagonal ground this contemporary kitchen. Light blue cabinets are paired with sleek white countertops, and instead of upper cabinets, floating shelves are used to display favorite pottery and glassware. A large kitchen island features a waterfall countertop and extra prep sink.

White Transitional Kitchen with Oversized Marble Island

This kitchen is made to look good and cook good. Stunning marble countertops and backsplash accent the kitchen, and the large island is perfect for food preparation and dining.

Photo By: Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects

Modern Kitchen Blends Natural Tones and Textures With Sleek White Finishes

This kitchen highlights natural materials and colors in the beautiful wood floors and cabinetry and the subway tile backsplash in a variety of blue tones. White upper cabinetry, white barstools and clean white countertops break up the textures in the space to add a modern touch.

Open Concept Transitional Kitchen

Vaulted ceilings give an open, airy feel to this neutral transitional kitchen. A peacock blue kitchen island serves as the statement piece. Silver barstools with leather seats contrast with the light colored walls and cabinets.

Transitional Kitchen With Cream Cabinets & Large Island

This kitchen is as functional as it is beautiful. Creamy cabinets wrap the perimeter of the space, offering plenty of storage, and a large island provides prep and dining space. An eye-catching tile backsplash and beautiful granite countertops complete the look.

French Country Island in Family-Friendly Kitchen

This open kitchen is great for entertaining friends and family around the oversized island. Topped with a buttery wood countertop for meal prep, the distressed blue base is characteristically French country in style.

White Cottage Kitchen With Mint-Green Cabinetry

With its pale mint-green cabinets and white wood-paneled walls, this cottage kitchen gives off a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Photo By: John Gruen

1920s Kitchen with Glam Accents, Contemporary Feel

This kitchen is fully updated to modern standards, but maintains a 1920s feel. Polished nickel fixtures and an extra-wide apron sink are among the room's classic touches. A dark island pops in the gray and white space, and its Carrara marble top continues onto the kitchen table.

From: Mosaik Design & Remodeling

White Open Concept Kitchen

Exposed beams make this modern kitchen feel cozy, even with vaulted ceilings. Upholstered teal barstools with chrome legs fit perfectly underneath the counter. A wine fridge also fits snuggly under the counter for easy access.

Farmhouse Kitchen with Rustic, Modern Details

This modern farmhouse kitchen is the hub of the house, with ample seating in the form of a four-seater island breakfast bar and an eat-in area that's open to the main cooking space. Open shelving keeps the room from feeling boxed in by cabinetry and shows off the textured subway tile backsplash.

From: Heidi Richardson

White, Light-Filled Kitchen with Modern, Rustic Elements

A rich mix of materials and textures adds interest and depth to this white, light-filled kitchen. Dark gray cabinetry is topped by wood around the perimeter of the room, while a large center island sports a countertop of sleek white quartz. Leather barstools and rough-hewn open shelves bring in an eclectic, homey vibe.

From: Heidi Richardson

Breathtaking Kitchen With Lantern Pendants

Mediterranean-style pendants above the marble-topped island yield a visual tension that balances classic beauty with exotic charm.

White Transitional Kitchen With Blue Tile Backsplash

White cabinets paired with serene pale blue subway tiles give this small kitchen a spacious feel. The gorgeous river white countertop is a stunning, neutral backdrop.

Photo By: Hatfield Builders & Remodelers

Contemporary Open Kitchen Features Bright Red Cabinets

To reflect the openness of the home, no upper cabinets were used in the kitchen. Bright red cabinets are paired with sleek stainless steel countertops, while built-in cabinets around the room offer much-needed storage.

Purple and White Contemporary Kitchen With Peppers

With its pretty mix of lavender, orange, silver and white, this contemporary kitchen is an ode to color. Add in a few bright fruits and veggies for an additional layer of color and texture.

Neutral Modern Kitchen With Wood Paneling

Exotic wood paneling and cabinets give major design pizzazz to this modern kitchen. The zigzag of the wood's grain brings a sense of movement to the space and the coffee color warms up the stainless steel accents.

Photo By: Insite Architectural Photography

Kitchen Blends Rustic, Industrial Elements and Beachy Hues

An intriguing mix of materials gives this beachfront condominium's kitchen a rich, elegant feel that's at once rustic and modern. Exposed concrete pillars, reclaimed wood surfaces and sleek glass tile are harmonized by a soft palette of sand and water hues.

Bright, Eat-In Kitchen With Ample Storage Space

Bright and white, this spacious eat-in kitchen features twin islands for plenty of prep and storage space. Cabinets on both sides of the kitchen store all of your kitchen necessities. Integrated appliances, such as the ovens, refrigerator and wine cooler add a modernized touch to the sleek design.

Photo By: Michael Lowry Photography and Harvey Smith Photography

White, Farmhouse-Style Kitchen in Cape Cod-Style Home

The farmhouse kitchen in this fully renovated Cape Cod-style home abounds with luxurious and functional details. White cabinetry extends to the ceiling for added storage, while a trio of skylights bathes the island in natural light. The spring green color of the island is an unexpected touch of whimsy in the traditional space.

White, Coastal Cottage Kitchen is Family, Friendly, Welcoming

To create a coastal cottage kitchen, exposed beams are painted white. The cabinets feature a distressed finish and are paired with speckled cream and brown countertops. The backsplash adds a subtle hint of sea-green color, while the dark wood island brings warmth to the space. A New England-inspired lantern hangs above the island.

Eat-In Kitchen Boasts White Cabinetry & Raised Breakfast Bar

Upper and lower cabinets provide ample storage in this eat-in kitchen. A raised breakfast bar serves four comfortably and is well-lit with three pendant lights above.

Cottage Kitchen With Island, Breakfast Bar

With two islands, lots of counter space and an elevated breakfast bar, this cottage kitchen is perfect for cooking and entertaining. Antique pendant lights illuminate the workspace and brings in an aged rustic look.

White Traditional Kitchen With Industrial Pendant Lights

This white traditional kitchen features custom white Shaker-style cabinetry, dark oak floors, Carrara marble countertops, a custom white leather banquette and Thermador appliances. The large island has front and rear storage, as well as space for rustic bar stools.

Kitchen Blends Earthy Elements and Light Accents

Dark stain on dropped ceiling beams is repeated in the window moldings and open shelving in this airy Mediterranean-style kitchen, bringing unity to the space. Wood and stone elements add warmth, while white cabinetry and pops of bright color keep the tone light. Commercial-grade equipment turns the space into a true chef's kitchen.

Rustic Chef's Kitchen With Double Islands

Beautiful and functional, this commercial-grade chef's kitchen has two islands with stone inserts in the wood countertops. Hand-turned wood legs add a furniture-quality to the islands, while exposed beams and spherical chandeliers bring a rustic quality to the space. Tile tapestry inserts add visual interest to the floor and as an added bonus, the tiles are heated.

Craftsman Kitchen With Kitchen Island Seating

This spacious kitchen features wall-to-wall bamboo cabinets paired with black glossy countertops and a wood paneled range hood. Two wrought iron lantern chandeliers hang above the kitchen island, which boasts a sink and plenty of room for casual dining seating.

Bright, Airy Kitchen Features Oversized Island

An oversized island centers this gorgeous kitchen, creating extra prep space and a perfect spot for casual dining. Crisp white cabinets and a white tile backsplash make the space feel bright and open. The corner of the room provides access to the butler's pantry, which offers extra storage space.

Photo By: Peter Krupenye

Wood-Paneled Kitchen and Dining Room With Wood Table

Beautiful wood paneling wraps this dining area and kitchen in warmth and organic harmony. In the tropical setting of Tulum, Mexico, the walls can disappear to let the indoors and outdoors blend.

Contemporary Eat-In Kitchen Boasts Industrial Flair

This eat-in kitchen features a long, sleek dining table with seating for eight. Wood floors add a natural rusticity to the space, and the island on wheels adds an industrial touch.

Eat-In Kitchen Features Stone Walls & Spacious Island for Dining

While the color palette in this kitchen is subtle -- full of browns and beiges -- black and white accents add depth and interest throughout the room. Stone walls featuring arched entryways bring an old-world appeal to the space and juxtapose the contemporary cabinets and hanging light fixtures. The centerpiece of the room -- the kitchen island -- seats at least eight comfortably, perfect for a cozy meal with family or friends.

Blue and Green Argyle Floor in Colorful Kitchen

This homeowner's love for color does not stop in the living room; this kitchen is chock full of color. The wood floor has been painted blue and green with an argyle pattern. A red kitchen island and blue double ovens accent the space. In the back of the bookcases, wallpaper has been applied to add more color to the space. The shelves are dotted with colorful pots, pans and dishes for easy access as well as decoration.

Large Chef Kitchen with Marble Backsplash, Exposed Ceiling Beams and Large Custom Island

This chef kitchen has elements of rustic, cottage and Mediterranean styles, which come together to create an amazing and eclectic space. Shelves replace cabinets to showcase special white serving pieces and dishes. The recessed backsplashes, crafted of single slabs of marble, are striking in their natural simplicity. A red-and-blue Oriental style rug brings a punch of color to the space

For starters, consider the decor and style of your kitchen. Is it modern or traditional? Do you want bar stools that will blend with or complement the room's other furnishings. Alternatively, would you prefer a style, material or color that will provide a contrast or a pop of color?

Think of the design of the bar stools you'll be choosing. How tall do you want them to be? Do you prefer a bar stool with a back? Would you like bar stools that swivel? A swivel top can be particularly nice if your kitchen is part of a large space in which you entertain, as they will allow your guests (and you) to turn and join conversations behind you in the room.

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.

You'll also want to consider whether you want cushioned seats on your barstools. Fabric cushions add comfort, but they can be a hassle to clean after food spills. You can choose leather or vinyl instead. If you have children, you'll want your stools, including the seats, to be durable. A bar stool with a curved wooden seat can be just as comfortable—if not more so—than a cushioned seat.

Do you want kitchen bar stools with backs? You'll need to determine how this style of bar stool will fit under the overhang of your kitchen island, and whether or not it will overpower your island visually.

You'll also need to consider your budget. Bar stools come in a wide range of prices, from discount-store price tags to custom-designed big-ticket pieces.

Last, but certainly not least—how many bar stools should you buy? You'll base your answer on the size of your kitchen and island, the size of the stools themselves, the size of your family and your entertaining style.

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