So many people are opting for islands or peninsulas if space permits in their kitchens. The open concept kitchen with space for a few cooks and guests who may want to be involved in the action is as popular as ever. Comfortable seating for casual dining, for kids doing homework while mom or dad is preparing the meal, and for those guests who want to be near is important, and there are numerous options that we love. First of all, there is a difference between counter and bar stools. Counter stools are 24” high while bar stools are 30” in height. Some counters have a raised area for the seating and some even have a lower table-height section for the seating. It is all about comfort, so it is entirely up to the homeowner to decide which height counter and stool they would prefer - for instance, some people may want to pull up a stool to the counter to cut vegetables while others may just want to stand and leave the higher or lower counter area for seating. The clear advantage of having a higher counter dividing the living space from the kitchen is that it will hide some of the mess!
At any rate, here are just a few examples of the many beautiful and functional stools we like.
Photo Credits: Ballard Designs and Grandin Road