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Mixing & Matching: Bar Stools and Chairs in Your Kitchen


Mixing & Matching Styles of Stools and Chairs in Your Kitchen

We often get the question:

Can I mix and match different styles of stools and chairs in my kitchen?

And our answer is: absolutely! Mixing and matching has many benefits:

  • It can help break up the room, defining locations without a wall.
  • It can build contrast in the room.
  • It can create a sense of excitement in an otherwise dull space.
  • It can help offer certain benefits based on the intent of the seating such as stools with arms may be better near your kitchen island, since you’re higher up; however a dining chair without arms at the dining table may not be needed.

If you plan on doing this: 

  • Consider selecting a bar stool and dining chair of the same brand, ensuring the finishes and fabrics will be the same. If you choose our Amisco 24 Magnetite metal finish, be sure to keep it on your stools and chairs for a cohesive look. 
  • Consider one color, varying the shades. You can have the dining chairs in a dark gray and the bar stools in a lighter gray. 
  • If you want to change up the metal finish color, consider keeping the same seat cushion color and vice versa.
  • You can also do contrasting colors such as reds and blues for the seat cushions which will create an eye-popping look.
  • You might want to opt for a stool with a low back in the kitchen and have a stool with a high back in the dining room.

Kitchen Examples

In this photo: Owen dining chairs and the Times bar stools

In the first kitchen, the Owen chair and Times barstools both have the same silver finish and black seat cushion. Also, the Times bar stools have a metal back, instead of a padded back which makes this kitchen work.

In this photo: Bean dining chairs and Bean bar stools

In the second photo, they’re using the same Bean styles, but on the dining chairs the seat is wood, while on the barstools, the seat is padded. It’s a nice contrast without going too different if that’s not your cup of tea.

Kitchen/dining space with gunmetal accents
Featuring the Pablo and Architect dining chairs by Amisco

In the last photo, you’ll see a way to mix and match dining chair styles. The dining chairs going the long way are more industrial styled, while the two end chairs are modern. This photo is a great example of mixing industrial styles with modern styles. You could do the same here using two traditional chairs with three modern chairs.

Matching Bar Stools and Dining Chairs

We also carry bar stools that closely match to dining chairs if you want to create a more uniform look. Here are some examples:

Posted by Deborah on in About Our Stools, Design, Indoor Design, Tips


Deborah has spent over 20 years as a design professional helping others create the kitchen of their dreams. She's drawn to modern kitchens, colorful interiors, and living comfortably.

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