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Looking to switch up your cooking space? Adding a stylish stool can do just that. No matter what your decorating style may be, we've got some inspiration for you.
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Just as important as the stool’s features is its design. Are you looking to add color to your room? Do you want something modern? Or are you going for a more rustic look? Here, handsome stools that look good in any kitchen or dining area.
Lorna’s favorite stool is handcrafted from oxidized wood; instead of a traditional stain, Sawkille, a 2012 Martha Stewart American Made Award Winner, uses vinegar and steel to darken the color. “The stool can be used at the counter or just against a wall. Its good looks mean it can stand on its own,” she says.
Tremper Rabbit barstool, in Blackened Cherry, $1,100, sawkille.com
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Charles and Ray Eames introduced their fiberglass shell chair more than six decades ago, yet their design still resonates today. This barheight version, made in California, comes with wooden legs (available in either walnut or maple) and a swivel seat with the signature scooped bottom.
Dowel counter stool, in Oatmeal, $490, modernica.net
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Sleek yet warm -- “that deep yellow is surprising and just great,” says Lorna -- this barstool is composed of just a couple of parts (a padded leather seat and a steel base), but they add up to one seriously chic piece of furniture.
Bernhard barstool, in Kavat Dark Yellow, $169, ikea.com
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“Most kitchens are wood- and metal-heavy,” says Kevin. Serena+Lily’s pretty woven counter stools are an easy way to bring in another texture. And because they’re available in seven bright palettes, they can add instant hits of color and pattern. “They’re not intended to disappear into the background.”
Riviera counter stool, in Navy, $295, serenaandlily.com
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“Martha has these in gray at her farmhouse. Her daughter, Alexis, has them in her ultra-modern New York City home. That’s how versatile these pieces are,” says Kevin. So versatile, in fact, you can even repurpose the utilitarian-chic barstools as tables. “You could put plants on them or use them as end tables. They’re truly jack-of-all-trades chairs.”
Utility stool, 30", in Persimmon, $180, schoolhouseelectric.com