Ever since we planned our kitchen over a year ago, all I wanted was an island with bar stools that I could perch at and drink coffee with the Sunday papers or sip bubbles with the girls. However, finding the perfect bar stools was difficult. Our kitchen is traditional, with a modern twist, shaker style in a shade of green-grey with long bar handles and a mixture of oak and quartz surfaces. The discussion was chrome or wood structures and whether to go for white or grey accents...
My shortlist comprised of 'Joe' (£195) a wood and white leather combination from Habitat, but leather seats in the summer can make you feel a bit sticky and can get a bit chilly in the the winter.
I also loved loved the 'Milla' white and chrome stools (£295) from Herbert Direct which have a plasticised textile seat and back - but these are designed for a raised bar, so my rugby-playing husband might have struggled to get under the bar. Thank you to Wooden Heart Weybridge who took these photos of the stools in their showroom for me. These stools are also available in black.
We also contemplated going down the Ikea route, as these stools in the Ingolf range are much more affordable(£45) but the back is much higher and we have dining chairs with a cross back and I didn't want the look to be to matchy-matchy.
In the end we opted for 'Burnham' stools from The Kitchen Furniture Company (£170) in oak to reside at our bar, with cushion pads in pebble, which ties in really nicely with the colour of our walls and the kitchen units. The low ladder back is just viable from over the bar, so doesn't interfere with the eyeline across the room. They are really compfy and I can sit at the bar so happily, it is just the perfect place for entertaining, or just having some time on my own with a coffee and a magazine. The stools are available painted in a range of different colours, which The Kitchen Furniture Company sent me out a range of different swatches, but as our table is painted, eventually we settled on the classic oak finish.