It seems like I have a lot of decorating dilemmas lately…
My latest dilemma involves the counter stools I mentioned in a recent post.
When I gave you a tour of my renovated kitchen, I mentioned that I still need to replace these temporary stools. I just have not been able to commit to some permanent ones.
Besides my indecision, I also feel a bit limited in my stool choices. Our island has a piece of trim below the counter top to give the island a more furniture look to it. The problem is, the trim takes up valuable leg space between the stool and the counter top.
The temporary stools I have in there now are only 24 inches high and as you can see, there is just enough space now – but I really shouldn’t go any higher. That really limits me. Counter height stools generally range between 24-26 inches high but it seems like most of the ones I like are 26 inches. I don’t want anyone to feel stuck when they sit at my counter!
I also can’t decide if I want to go backed or backless with the stools. I have gotten so used to sliding these stools under the counter leaving plenty of place to stand. I love that there are no backs in the way.
On the other hand, we planned our kitchen layout so we have plenty of room between the island and the fridge so it would never seem crowded.
The counter hangs over about 16 inches so most stools will fit underneath. The only area we have to worry about is on the end of the counter where only one stool would sit. There is only about a 10 inch overhang there due to my last minute panic to add floor space by the stove…
Oh yeah, and I didn’t even mention that I am still going back and forth on color! It’s hard to match the color of the island so I am thinking possibly white stools…or maybe black…??
And then I have to consider the fact that I will be replacing the kitchen table and chairs!
Here is where I am at so far…
I talked to a sales person in Restoration Hardware and she suggested going with black to pick up on the black from the lighting.
I mentioned liking the Madeleine Stools but the seat was 26 inches high. Too high – especially if I added a cushion down the road. She suggested this combo…
The Trestle Table in black…
Madeleine Side Chair…
And for the counter stools, she suggested the Bennett cushioned stool with black legs and on of the natural ‘Perennial’ fabrics (which cleans easily). This stool is 24 inches high.
Here is how they would look with my counter.
I like this idea but I am not completely sold on so much black. I don’t know if I like the black stools against the brown cherry island and I don’t know if I want all the black at the table. I am afraid that combination will be too heavy with the rest of the kitchen being white.
Another combination would be to go with white counter stools like these Constance Stools from Ballard…
Their seat height is 24 3/4 inches so they would fit. I ordered the chestnut stained one a few months ago but the color clashed with the island. So now I am thinking white…or black?
Then I could go with a wood stained table and maybe chairs that would coordinate with the counter stools? A company called Bermex that makes custom tables and chairs had some wood samples in a furniture store. I brought in a piece of my island wood and found one that was very close…
So I am thinking of possibly matching the table to the island and doing different chairs…? I don’t love the selection of chairs and counter stools that the company offers so I would probably just order the table from them.
I also found these cute stools on the Kirkland’s website.
They are 25 inches (but a little lower in the middle). I visited their retail store to see if they had any to see in person. They just had one with the blue leather in the store but I got to see the color of the wood. It matched my island pretty well so I just ordered one of these with the ivory seat. As soon as it comes, I will try it in my kitchen. They are not expensive so I wonder how they would hold up…we’ll see.
I also like these from Crate and Barrel…
The cushion would make them comfy but I don’t know…maybe I should go try these out…
So basically, I am looking for:
- 4 counter height stools
- 24 to possibly 25 inches for seat height
- Needs to work with a cherry island (a browner cherry, not a red cherry)
- Need to also consider what table and chairs would work in there.
Oh yeah, and painting or staining my existing table is out. I thought of doing that but the table I have needs to be a little wider – like 42 inches wide. The new light fixture I have in there is wider than the old one and we keep hitting our heads…ugh.
I know, too much info for one blog post but I am kind of thinking as I type! And by the way, I am not being compensated in any way to mention these companies. They are just examples to show you as I shop…
So, by looking at my kitchen and hearing my dilemmas, what kind of counter stool would you suggest? I would love to hear your opinions!
Update – These are the stools I ended up purchasing!
Thanks and have a great day!