Are you riding the most recent kitchen trend wave? In recent years, the heart-of-the-home space has morphed from simply being a place for cooking and baking to a place for entertaining and spending time as a family. So, chances are a chic set of barstools is at the top of your list. The oft-overlooked furniture piece is more than just a seat at the big chef's table. It's a chance to make a statement in a space that is traditionally very black and white. Did you keep your lower cabinets white for its timeless appeal? Throw in some turquoise stools for a pop of color. Are your lower cabinets painted a trendy navy? Offset the dark color with a sculptural white stool.
Choosing a statement stool doesn't have to mean breaking the bank, either. From a modest $30 all the way up to $3000, we sourced the best barstools available in all colors, shapes, and budgets. Get ready to find the counter seats of your dreams—your kitchen called, and it needs it.
Clocking in at a modest $35, this teal IKEA barstool is the most cost-effective statement you can make in the kitchen.
Another great steal stemming from West Elm is this mint-green solid wood counter stool (currently on sale for $50)!
Get ahead of the curve with these sleek steel barstools from West Elm, currently reduced from $259 to $80.
Available in eight colors, this industrial powder-coated steel stool will add the perfect pop of color to your kitchen.
You may not have thought you could find an affordable option at Design Within Reach, but we're proving you wrong with this iconic bentwood design by Michael Thonet.
Far from being a hot mess, this bar stool is stackable and suitable for outdoor use—making it pretty and practical.
If vacationing in the South of France is your idea of a good time, bring a piece of the Riviera to you with these cheerful 1930s bistro barstools.
For the equestrian enthusiasts, this ultra-comfortable counter stool is molded in a shell seat and finished with a saddle stitch.
Sophisticated and simple, this stool lends itself to a laid-back environment, like an elevated beach house in the Hamptons town by the same name.
Available in either black or white legs, this reclaimed teak stool makes a sleek architectural statement.
Make a solid statement with these shiny copper stools from Blu Dot. Their angular shape is molded for optimal comfort.
It doesn't get more simple than this time-honored modernist 1950s design, available in five colors.
This simple low-back stool is available in five seat colors, from sand to anthracite.
Incredibly sturdy and comfortable, this curvy stool is the perfect addition to a family kitchen.
For the minimalist at heart comes this sleek cushioned barstool by Danish brand Skagerak. A simple leather strap holds it all in place.
This eye-catching plywood stool from Scandinavian brand Muuto is available in six colorways, but we secretly love the turquoise the best.
Always fancied yourself a bit of a boss by nature? Grab a set of these canvas director's chair and find a perch from which to give orders in the kitchen.
For the classic New Englander at heart, this traditional Windsor shaped barstool is painted a glossy navy blue—perfectly for a nautical setting.
Spotted in some of our favorite kitchens and bars, this leather wrapped stool has everything you could want: it's durable, sustainable, and incredibly sexy.
If you're looking for the perfect match, chances are you'll find it in this beloved midcentury barstool series, available in 12 colors.
For the midcentury enthusiast, this iconic plywood barstool design has been tried and trusted since its launch in the 1960s.
We can't help but gaze at this gorgeous counter stool from Garza Marfa. Hailing from Texas, the brand incorporates an eye-catching steel base (available in nine colors) with a stitched leather seat.
Praised as the "New Danish Classic," this Mater barstool is responsibly sourced and beautifully crafted, a true collector's piece.
Clocking in just north of $1000 is one of our favorite barstools by Los Angeles brand Lawson-Fenning. It's available in a choice of brass, blackened steel, or an endless variety of fabrics and leathers.
More than a simple piece on a chessboard, this sculptural hand-carved stool creates a beautiful silhouette against a sleek white kitchen island.
One of our favorite brands Gubi transformed their beetle-inspired lounge chair into a bar stool—using thin brass legs for style and a curvy velvet seat for optimal comfort.
With its sculptural Art Deco influences and stunning design and craftsmanship, the Throne barstool is fit for a king. It's available in eight wood finishes and a multitude of fabric options.
For true luxury, treat yourself of a supple leather bar chair from Carlyle Collective. Its solid brass legs are worth the price tag alone.