I’m on the hunt for counter stools for the kitchen. We need 2-3 at the kitchen island and one extra for the kitchen desk.
Because I want them all to match and one of them will be my desk stool, I’m only considering stools that have a back.
I think counter stools are my best opportunity to add walnut wood to the kitchen, as I mentioned in my kitchen inspiration post. There are so many amazing walnut counter stools (look below).
The first thing I do when considering a counter stool is look at the image of the back. When it’s tucked in at the island, that’s how you’re going to see it most of the time. The back view is the most important (which is why my collage shows back views when possible).
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Where to Shop
Hands down, the three best places online to find affordable modern counter (and bar) stools are:
But I looked everywhere and found 18 amazing options.
18 Midcentury Modern Counter Stools
- Norman Counter Stool
- Langley Street Olivia Stool
- Charcoal Gray Woven Aimee Stool
- Classic Cafe Walnut Stool
- Flavius Stool
- Lara Walnut and Black Faux Leather Stool – Set of 2
- Slope Upholstered Stool
- Kian Upholstered Stool
- Chip Counter Stool
- Holmdel Counter Stool
- Cacey Bentwood Stool – Set of 2
- Hot Mesh Counterstool
- Bowden Faux Leather Counter Stool
- Darvin Stool
- Pike Synthetic Leather Stool
- Sidera White Stools
- Project 62 Metal X Back Stool – Set of 2 (these are insanely affordable, plus the reviews are good)
- Public Counter Stool (pick your accent color for metal parts)
Kitchen Mockups – Which stools look best?
The big question is: Which stool do I want to see three or four of in my new kitchen?
To get a better idea of how they would look in the kitchen, I created mockups of my top choices.
After making all these mockups, I think my instinct to look for walnut counter stools was spot on. The walnut tone adds a nice warm element to our white kitchen. We might have to put this one to a family vote.
Which stools do you think look the best? Do you have any of these stools? Please report on how comfortable they are.
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