Elizaveta Valeska. Kitchen Stools. May 08th , 2017.
What kind of kitchen stools do you have? Would you change them? What if you had a new kitchen, would you pick something different?
When it comes to designing a room, as we’ve discussed before and you’ve probably read over and over again, there’s a number of elements that should be combined to make a room work. Obviously things like scale, proportion, balance, colour and even budget come into play, but there are more subtle influences like texture, contrast, shine, shape, number, height, comfort and of course, function. All this applies to selecting furniture items including kitchen stools.
I was asked recently about what colour stools would look good in an all white kitchen with dark timber floors. My immediate reaction was “anything but white”, so I thought I’d do a bit of research to see why.
Here’s an example of a predominantly white kitchen with medium stained timber floors, using plain white stools. I’m not a fan because I think it’s all too pastel, pale and a bit bland. It’s pretty but I feel it needs some texture, some contrast and some colour, even if that’s natural colour in the way of wicker, rattan or even a fabric which picks up the turquoise in the decorative plates and jars. Even an upholstered loose cushion on the seat would be an improvement.
Here’s another example, by Mabley Handler Interiors in the Hamptons. They do beautiful, serene designs but sometimes I feel they lack a bit of punch. This can easily be added through contrast and the use of texture, colour and a touch of black. I love these upholstered chairs, a lovely classic design and look very comfy (although not ideal for messy kids) but I think the kitchen could have a bit more personality with a more punchy fabric or a more texture such as a wicker or rattan stool.
Above is an example of how it can work, thanks to Judy at Verandah House Interiors. A similar kitchen to the other two, mostly white, grey and silver, with mid brown floors. The stools are white, but cleverly chosen blue and white striped loose covers add a punch of colour, interest, contrast and practicality which is perfect for its waterside location. If this house were in the city or country then you could swap to a darker leg.
Here’s another option in the two images above. You can do dark timber legs on an upholstered stool, and either a plain white seat or use a patterned fabric. The dark legs tie in with the floor, making them more subtle rather than bright white sticks poking out of a dark base. I love the use of the nailhead trim on the first, which provides a gorgeous detail and soft transition from the dark to light. In the kitchen by M Frederick Interiors, the lovely textural linen and gentle curve on the seats provide the texture and contrast to the shiny, smooth marble surfaces.
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