Kitchen Seating Options: Ideas for Chairs and Stools

Discover new ideas for attractive, comfortable kitchen chairs and stools

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August 12, 2019

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Family-Friendly Kitchen is Sophisticated, Transitional

In the center of the kitchen is a waterfall island with classic marble countertop, oversized brass geometric pendants and blue faux leather stools with brass frames. The tile backsplash behind the oven is a geometric marble with metallic inlay, which creates a glamorous focal point.

Traditional Kitchen With Pearl-Finish Backsplash and Contemporary Barstools

A dramatic, pearl-finish backsplash and contemporary stools modernize this renovated traditional kitchen for fashion-forward homeowners, packing it with charm and interest. Designer Marci Barnes expanded the original kitchen footprint and opened up the room to the dining area and attached sunroom to further update the space.

Neutral Chef Kitchen With Gold Stools

To brighten the look of the cinammon-colored cabinets, the kitchen gets a backsplash of glossy white tile, golden barstools and airy, glass pendants. The range hood, in both gold and silver, ties the varied colors together.

White, Bright Open Plan Kitchen With Pot Filler

The breezy, all-white kitchen opens onto an adjacent dining area, handy for entertaining without making the chef feel closed off. A pot filler is installed over the stove.

Long Kitchen Island Under Shape Mix Pendant Lights With Copper Interior Glow

A subtly marbled white countertop waterfalls over the edges to the floor of this long kitchen island. Hanging above, a mix of shapes form a pendant light display with a warm glow from the copper colored interiors. The surrounding white elements of the kitchen keep the space looking light and spacious.

White Transitional Kitchen With White Barstools

The designer’s goal for this beautiful kitchen was to create a clean-lined space that would be inviting and family-friendly. The bright, open layout is anchored by the elegant marble waterfall island paired with simple white barstools.

Inviting Contemporary Kitchen With Hardwood Decorative Finishes, Crystal Fringed Chandelier And Island Dining

A large box chandelier with crystal fringe hangs over the white island in this bright, contemporary kitchen. A wood ceiling compliments the chevron hardwood floor and contemporary bar stools match the wood decor. White ceiling beams elongate the look of the room leading toward a tile backsplash.

Open Plan Cottage Kitchen With Floral Barstools

Barstools upholstered in a pretty floral pattern add visual interest to this open plan kitchen's neutral look.

Coastal Dining Room With White Deer Head

A few more modern details—the white deer head, the globe pendants—balance out this dining room's casual elements. Color comes from the banquette's ocean blue cushion.

Transitional Kitchen With Woven Blue and White Stools

This light and bright kitchen features a spacious island lined with blue and white woven wooden stools and industrial pendant lights overhead. Glass front cabinets showcase neatly arranged dish ware, while marble countertops and and a white backsplash

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.

Oversized Kitchen Island With Barstools

Four barstools line up at this oversized kitchen island for a casual dining option. The eye-catching light fixture above the island is a highlight of the kitchen's midcentury-modern style.

Trendy Gray Kitchen With Black and White Accents

Working with a monochromatic color palette of gray, black and white, the kitchen boasts bright white cabinets, two kitchen islands in black and dark wood flooring. Four, dark wood barstools line the island with a waterfall granite countertop to offer a place to dine. A large wine fridge is a great addition for the host who loves to entertain.

Modern Kitchen with Clean Lines, Striking Light Fixture

This modern kitchen features plenty of light and clean lines. The clean white cabinetry offers brightness that is reflected in the marble-top island. The square brass bar stools with white leather cushions provide seating that is both stylish and functional. A stunning design focal point is the striking modern light fixture.

Traditional Kitchen With Breakfast Nook

Part of the kitchen's graceful design is this gently curving kitchen island. One side has countertops for meal prep. The other side is a welcoming breakfast nook with a built-in banquette.

Kitchen Island and Wood Barstools

The kitchen's Cherner barstools in walnut take a page from the midcentury modern style book. Brass geometric pendants bring out the wood's warm tones.

Open Plan Kitchen With Blue Curtains

Blue curtains are a touch of color in the sophisticated open plan kitchen and are also perfectly in keeping with the home's oceanfront setting.

From: John R. Wood Properties and Luxury Portfolio International®

White Modern Kitchen With Wood Island

In this sleek kitchen, wood shelves and a wood island soften the starkness of the minimalist modern design. Keeping the items on the open shelves within the same color palette helps the display from looking cluttered.

Gray Kitchen Island with Breakfast Bar

The large kitchen island houses four barstools that add to the functionality of the kitchen by providing the homeowners with a breakfast bar and another casual dining option.

White Eat-In Kitchen With Blue Banquette

Most of this kitchen is gleaming white with gold accents, but in the center of the room, a blue banquette tucks into the island. The color contrast is a place for the eye to rest and an imaginative way to make the room even more inviting and functional.

Transitional Great Room With Blue Rug

The home features views of the Lobos Creek Valley, Golden Gate Bridge and the ocean, so designers treated the vistas as artwork and framed windows in crisp black.

Unique, Open-Concept Kitchen With Custom Range Hood

This open-concept kitchen is equal parts airy and artful, with crisp white walls and unexpected details, like the twisted chandelier in the room’s center. Custom plaster not only disguises a sleek Viking ventilation system, but also echoes the lines of the red tile flooring.

Kitchen With Red Barstools

Brass barstools with fire engine red seats pop against the kitchen's clean white peninsula.

Navy Blue and White Kitchen Featuring Large Cabinets and Kitchen Island with Stools

A straight-up classy kitchen, this navy blue-and-white color scheme feels both nautical and clean. Spacious, white cabinets provide ample space for all a cook's cookware and gadgets. Featuring a blue base, the kitchen island is surrounded with simple, white stools for eating in.

Transitional Chef Kitchen With Leather Stools

Instead of upper cabinets, which might make this kitchen feel cramped, designers went with a row of large windows. Reclaimed wood beams give focus to the high ceiling.

White Transitional Kitchen With Exposed Beams

Whether cooking the meal or eating it, everyone is part of fun in this airy eat-in kitchen. Light-colored exposed beams are a strong visual anchor in the midst of all the white.

White Chef Kitchen With Brown Barstools

Sculptural barstools are highlighted by the kitchen island's black base. It's easy to imagine friends and family hanging out here for hours!

From: sKout

Contemporary Open Plan Kitchen With Gray Island

The chef gets to be part of the action with this home's graceful open plan kitchen. White walls and countertops call attention to the room's warm wood beams.

Neutral Modern Kitchen With Metal Stools

Indoor, outdoor...they're basically one and the same in this modern kitchen in sunny Los Angeles where the boundary walls vanish to connect the space to the adjacent patio. Mixed wood finishes make for a dynamic neutral look.

Neutral Kitchen With Plaid Barstools

Two bold patterns and a pop of turquoise turn this neutral kitchen into a stylish, memorable space: Wide turquoise-and-white stripes sweep across the ceiling and the barstools are upholstered in black-and-white plaid.

Open Plan Neutral Kitchen With Multicolored Barstools

Nailhead-trim barstools sport a cheery array of colors: blue, orange, yellow and green. They're a playful pop in a mostly subdued palette.

Curved Countertops in Classic Kitchen

A subtle mix of shapes keeps the kitchen looking interesting. Curvy countertops and arched windows offset the linear coffered ceiling and traditional cabinetry.

Neutral Scandinavian Open Plan Kitchen

Desert tones were a natural fit for this open plan kitchen and dining area, part of a vacation home near Joshua Tree National Park. Black accents provide a just-right crisp touch.

Modern Kitchen Boasts White Island With Waterfall Countertop

The long island in this modern kitchen offers plenty of space for preparing and enjoying meals. The island's sleek, waterfall countertop is an eye-catching focal point.

White Kitchen With Gray and Yellow Window Treatment

Fabric-based window treatments are a great way to balance all the hard surfaces in the kitchen while also adding pattern and color. This custom arched shade can raise and lower to control sunlight and privacy. "Whether up or down, the shade keeps the kitchen feeling sunny with splashes of yellow from this Thom Filicia fabric, Prospect in Shadow," says the manufacturer. Continue the look by using fabric in places like lampshades (see the shades on the wall sconces), barstools and chairs.

Silver Coastal Kitchen With Portholes

This kitchen feels like a glamorous version of a ship's kitchen, with streamlined, silvery design elements and porthole windows. Mahogany floors are a welcome touch of warmth.

Contemporary White Kitchen with White Island and Stools

The new kitchen island in the one bedroom condo that Aubrey designed and renovated with her husband Bristol, as seen on Flip or Flop Vegas.

Stylish, Functional, State of the Art, Eat-In Kitchen

The neutral, modern kitchen in this open concept home is as functional as it is stylish. Stainless steel appliances make food prep and storage easy, while the honey wood cabinets provide stylish storage for the space. An "L" shaped kitchen island adds functional counter space, while leaving room for several barstools on one side and a small breakfast table on the other, giving the space two casual dining options.

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Breakfast Nook in Blue and White

An all-white breakfast nook, accented with shades of blue, is an inviting place to dine with friends and family. An L-shaped, built-in banquette and four cushioned, metal chairs offer casual and comfortable seating.

Marble Bar Paired With Wood Barstools Creates Sleek Contemporary Contrast

A marble bar offers the perfect vantage point to enjoy a drink while taking in views of the Los Angeles skyline from the comfort of this neutral contemporary living space,

From: Hilton & Hyland and Luxury Portfolio International®

White Open Plan Kitchen With Chandeliers

This kitchen is meant for hanging out with its seamless transition into the living area and a large island that seats six.

From: Parks Realty and Luxury Portfolio International®

Yellow, Mint Green, Watermelon Pink Accents Create Summery Color Scheme in Casual Breakfast Nook

The casual nature of this breakfast nook is amplified by the mismatched seating arranged around a simple white dining table. To up the fun factor, the Chango & Co. design team added bright, yellow lantern-style pendant lights that work with the mint-colored chairs and watermelon pink table settings for a summery color scheme.

Pineapple Wallpaper, Yellow-and-Black Chairs Make This a Dining Room for Fun

Pineapple print wallpaper and a bold yellow-and-black color scheme ensure dinner conversation never gets too serious in this playful beach house dining room. Oversized basket pendant lights add to the relaxed nature of the home.

Contemporary Kitchen With Patterned Backsplash

White cabinets let the fun patterned backsplash pop in this lovely kitchen. The green pendants and blue island bring the rich colors out into the room.

Light and Bright Cottage Kitchen

White Shaker cabinets pair with gray countertops and a gray subway tile backsplash. The dark wood island brings contrast to the space, while woven barstools add texture.

White Cottage Kitchen With Blue Backsplash

The backsplash in this cottage kitchen adds color and texture to the room's overall look and is a graceful pairing with the cream cabinetry.

White Open Plan Kitchen With Silver Shade

To give this gourmet, all-white kitchen a little unique flair, designers layered in metallic touches: a silvery shade, golden barstools and (necessary for a waterfront home!) an oyster full of oversized pearls.

Coastal Eat-In Kitchen With Porthole

In the makeover of this beach cottage, the designers worked hard to bring the outdoors in via new windows, including gorgeous skylights in the kitchen and a fun porthole-style window. A vibrant blue-and-green pattern lifts the look of the barstools.

White Cottage Open Plan Kitchen With Blue Barstools

This open plan kitchen contrasts its white perimeter cabinets with a gray island, a decision that provides a visual anchor in the light, airy space. Blue barstools are a pretty hint of color.

Transitional Eat-In Kitchen Pairs Blue Island, Black Barstools

When set against white walls, cabinets and a matching subway tile backsplash, the blue island and black barstools in this kitchen look even more dramatic. Two matte-black caged pendant lights complement the stools and so help tie the space together.

From: @properties and Luxury Portfolio International®

White, Modern Kitchen With Open Shelving

Streamlined cabinetry and clean, neutral finishes make colorful accessories pop in this modern kitchen. A tile backsplash extends to the ceiling for maximum impact, turning the lighted open shelves into a cool and stylish focal point.

Contemporary Open-Plan Kitchen With Bay View

This high-rise San Francisco condo features a contemporary white open plan kitchen with bright orange barstools, an accent color carried through by two armchairs in the adjacent seating area. A large sea anemone ceiling light nods to the panoramic bay views.

Cottage Eat-In Kitchen With Brass Pendants

To give the kitchen more of an old-school feel, designers put in a farmhouse sink and found a vintage-looking range. The layout is open with plenty of cozy details, like the dining table right in the center.

Showstopper Kitchen in Black and Bronze

Etched marble walls, countertops and island are gorgeous in this chef's kitchen. Bronze fixtures and decor pop against the black range hood and stools.

From: EWM Realty International and Luxury Portfolio International®

Oversized Island in Neutral Contemporary Eat-In Kitchen

Six barstools stand at the ready for a casual meal or just hanging out in this neutral contemporary kitchen. Light hardwood floors soften the dark cabinetry, while large windows fill the space with natural light.

From: Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate and Luxury Portfolio International®

Brown and White Contemporary Eat-In Kitchen With Tile Floor

This contemporary kitchen incorporates a café-style breakfast island made of concrete for casual dining. Shaker cabinets in a warm brown stain blend with honed stone flooring to continue the inviting atmosphere.

Contemporary Kitchen with Bar and Stainless Steel Range Hood

This kitchen combines design aspects of traditional country style such as natural lighting and detailed cabinetry, with contemporary elements such as patterned furniture and stainless steel appliances. Designed by Laura Umansky.

White Open Plan Kitchen With White Stools

Gleaming and glamorous, the open plan kitchen aims to please. The large island accommodates four for casual meals. Floors are Carrara marble.

From: Illustrated Properties and Luxury Portfolio International®

White Contemporary Open Plan Kitchen With Wood Floors

Wide-plank wood floors soften the minimalist look of this gorgeous kitchen, adding a welcome natural touch to crisp white cabinetry and metal accents.

Neutral Open Plan Kitchen With Basket Pendants

In the spacious kitchen, earth tones pair up with fresh, bright white for an easy, relaxed tone. Wolfe and Miele appliances and wide paths make Chef's job more fun.

From: Intracoastal Realty Corporation and Luxury Portfolio International®

Blue and White Open Plan Kitchen With Green Stools

As refreshing as a dip in the pool, this kitchen contrasts its glossy white cabinets and countertops with accents of cobalt blue.

From: Willis Allen Real Estate and Luxury Portfolio International®

Contemporary Breakfast Nook Boasts Pink-and-Blue Banquette

Just like the family room, this breakfast nook features bright pops of pink and blue. A large banquette and two cushioned chairs ensure that everyone feels comfortable as they gather 'round the table.

Entertainer's Kitchen With Dark Blue Island

This kitchen is an entertainer's dream, with stainless appliances, a large island, four stools and a bright white breakfast nook. While the owners prep dinner, their guests can enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the same room.

Contemporary White Kitchen with Eat-In Island

This Erinn Valencich designed this contemporary white kitchen that features a center eat-in island, white countertops, flooring and pendant lighting. Frosted doors with rich wood framing add contrast to the space while stainless steel appliances, metallic elements and a shiny mosaic backsplash incorporate more modern touches. The contemporary metal barstools lend a sophisticated design element to the island area.

White, Open Plan Kitchen Includes Boho-Style Barstools

Though defined by crisp white walls and cabinets, this kitchen features several boho-style elements, like the rattan barstools, wood cutting board and a worn runner. These balance the more modern elements and infuse the space with warmth.

Gray and White Transitional Kitchen With Pink Barstools

Pink barstools wake up this chic gray and white transitional kitchen that features a cozy breakfast nook. The iron pendant lights and chandelier are a crisp finishing touch.

Spacious Eat-In Kitchen With Pops of Pink

Super sleek in all white, this modern kitchen is spacious and kid friendly. A tulip dining table provides seating for four, while hot pink barstools offer additional seating at the island.

Neutral Open Plan Kitchen With White Barstools

The white island and barstools lighten up the look of this kitchen's dark cabinets.

Custom Shelves Designed to Display Transferware Dishes

The family had a great collection of blue and white Transferware that that they wanted to incorporate into the design of their new kitchen, so display shelves were added to display these beautiful dishes.

From: Eric Gedney

Cottage-Style Kitchen With Vintage-Inspired Bar Stools

Vintage-Inspired bar stools add visual warmth and a comfortable place to dine and socialize in this all-white, cozy cottage kitchen made over by the Rafterhouse team on HGTV.

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.

Neutral Coastal Dining Room With White Chairs

Woven dining chairs painted white give an airy lift to this neutral dining area. Wine connoisseurs will love the tall wine refrigerator nearby.

Durable Stools

The counter height modern bistro stools at island feature a scratch resistant powder coat finish in navy blue for durability.

Neutral Transitional Kitchen With Curved Island

A curved island softens the angular lines of this open plan kitchen. The white cabinets and backsplash make it feel fresh and bright.

Barstools in Kitchen Add Casual Seating

At the kitchen island, three modern barstools provide a casual seating option for the family and their guests.

White Open Plan Chef Kitchen With Lucite Barstools

Lucite barstools vanish into the kitchen island, and yet, pull off the useful magic trick of offering plenty of seating!

White Transitional Kitchen With Open Shelves

The white palette and open shelves in this friendly kitchen provide the ideal opportunity to show off pretty dishware. Green and blue glasses visually pop against the white wall.

White Kitchen With Large Island and Metal Backsplash

This transitional white kitchen features a large island with wood countertop and contemporary metal barstools, traditional white cabinetry, a metal backsplash, and a modern catalyst chandelier.

Eclectic, Black-and-White Kitchen With Painted Brick Walls

The newly remodeled kitchen now has an open concept floor plan, as well as exposed wood beams and original wood ceiling.

Blue Coastal Kitchen With Wood Inlay Floor

This coastal kitchen and dining area features a long wooden dining table under an iron light fixture. White-painted wood chairs with patterned blue cushions surround the table. Blue bar chairs with nailhead finish provide extra seating facing the adjoining kitchen, while a blue subway tile backsplash in the kitchen provides a bright splash of color against the white cabinets. A wood inlay floor ties both spaces together.

Bright Spanish Style Bar

A stone accent wall defines the bar area and adds natural texture. Moroccan-inspired pendant lights hang at eye-level for a cozy, bohemian effect that visually lowers the ceiling height. Blue-and-white Spanish style tile sets the tone for the rest of the house and the cool-hued bar.

Bright White Kitchen with Island

A beautiful aspect of this great room is the bright white kitchen. Some of the details include three chrome hanging lights above the spacious white and gray marble topped island. A large sink and high-end appliances make the space efficient and family-friendly.

From: Details A Design Firm

Contemporary Kitchen With White-Marble-Topped Island

Classic elements, such as crown molding, ceramic tile and Calacatta marble create a stylish contemporary kitchen with minimal detailing and clean lines. An element of surprise, like the modern chandelier, adds drama and personality to the space.

Classy Gray Kitchen With Black and White Fireplace

A wide granite kitchen island serves as both an island and dining area with a custom built black and white fireplace nearby adding to the ambiance.

Gray and White Open Kitchen With Silver Pendants

A gray tile backsplash breaks up the white walls in this open plan kitchen and adds important depth to the room. A darker shade is used for the island.

Metal Barstools in Contemporary Kitchen

This contemporary kitchen is a stylish eye-catching space with unique metal barstools. This space has contemporary furnishings that give this kitchen charm and appeal.

Coastal Kitchen With L-Shaped Breakfast Bar and Teal Accents

This spacious eat-in kitchen features an L-shaped breakfast bar complete with built-in glass front cabinets and teal leather stools arranged on one side. Glass pendant lights hang from the white coffered ceiling, while natural wood floors complete the look of the space.

Large Island in Black and White, Modern Kitchen

Designers wanted to make sure the kitchen had plenty of counter space and seating, so they installed a large kitchen island with a built-in sink and seating for four.

Open Kitchen With Upholstered White Barstools

As fresh-feeling as a spring day, this open kitchen is sun-filled with warm wood floors. Upholstered barstools invite guests and residents to hang out with the chef.

White and Gray Open Plan Kitchen With Wood Barstools

The kitchen is open plan and bright with all-white cabinets and a refrigerator. The peninsula countertop becomes an eating bar with three pretty wood barstools.

Blue Chairs Lined Up at Kitchen Counter

Blue chairs at a kitchen peninsula offer a casual dining option in this farmhouse. The chairs add welcome color and contrast nicely with the reclaimed wood of the kitchen cabinetry.

Black, Gold and White Chef Kitchen With Lucite Barstools

Black and gold touches give the kitchen all the elegance of a tailored tuxedo. Lucite barstools are a chic and airy way to keep the chef company.

White Modern Kitchen With Brass Barstools

The brass frame of these barstools is called into stark contrast against the white island. Their curved shape also brings movement into the kitchen.

Midcentury Modern Dining Nook With Green Wire Chairs

As midcentury modern style grows more popular, many retailers are stocking new pieces that evoke the feel of midcentury greats. These chairs are inspired by classic Bertoia Knoll wire chairs, but offer a slightly more streamlined silhouette and an on-trend, emerald-green hue.

Open Plan Kitchen and Gold Barstool

Pops of gold throughout this kitchen brighten up the open plan design like rays of sunshine. The designer used the color in the fixtures, the island's barstools and the drawer and cabinet pulls.

Blue and White Shabby Chic Dining Chair

A delicate blue floral print brings country charm to this set of dining chairs.

White Chef Kitchen and Sitting Area

Two thirds of this glorious kitchen is dedicated to meal prep; the other third to cozy lounging with a fireplace, armchairs and a niche well stocked for happy hour.

Bright, Eat-in Kitchen Features Bold, Blue Barstools

A trio of cobalt blue barstools offer a place for guests to sit while the cook preps the food. The kitchen island features three storage cabinets to hold pots, pans and anything else you may need to stow away.

Flexible Seating

The selection of seating options in the breakfast area makes the kitchen very user-friendly, with the ability to seat up to around eight to nine people.

Sophisticated, Transitional Eat-In Kitchen

The all-white kitchen pairs classic cabinets with marble countertops, while the traditional pendant lights illuminate the functional yet stylish island. Contemporary barstools with yellow cushions add a small dose of color to the room. A tongue-and-groove ceiling add interest overhead.

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