If your monochrome kitchen needs a mood-lifter, colorful bar chairs or stools are a delightful way to go. Imagine a guest coming around the corner and catching sight of a rainbow row of seats tucked under the counter or lined up at the bar. Instead of plain pieces that blend in with the cabinetry, why not try something bold?
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Add Excitement to a Neutral Kitchen
Unusual color choices for seating add visual interest to your space instantly. And unlike a commitment to teal cupboards or lime green countertops that you’ll live with for years, bar stools and chairs can be replaced or moved to another room when you’re ready for a different look.
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Draw the Eye with Unique Shapes
While you’re mixing it up with color, consider style as well. The interplay of bright hues and interesting designs can heighten the attention factor. Just make sure that the style of your bar seating suits the space. In a contemporary or modern kitchen, vintage or industrial silhouettes work very well.
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Lay Your Hands on Some Texture
Texture adds weight to a space and lets you imagine how something feels just by looking at it. Colorful bar seating comes in materials of all different textures. Leather is a good choice for bar chairs – the smooth texture has a soft look and is simple to wipe clean.
EcoChic reclaimed wood bar chairs are also easy-care, with more of a visual edge. The Barefoot Bar Chair mixes the warm organic feel of natural wood with highly textured boatwood paint.
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Turn Up the Contrast
High levels of contrast – between light and dark, neutral and vivid shades – feel energizing because there’s so much to take in. Many kitchens (especially in apartments and developed houses) have a conservative color scheme. So bar stools and chairs with contrasting colors are a fun and affordable way to liven things up.
We spend a lot of time at our kitchen counters: dicing veggies from Saturday’s trip to the farmer’s market, paging through a glossy catalogue while the puttanesca sauce simmers, sharing a glass of wine after the dishes are done. Given that they get so much use, bar chairs and stools should be comfortable, durable, and beautiful. So don’t be shy, take the colorful route.