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Mixing & Matching Bar Stools and Chairs in Your Kitchen

Having bar stools in the kitchen and dining chairs nearby in an open-concept dining space is perfect for entertaining, but you may wonder how to tie everything together. Here’s how, plus examples for your inspiration.

Mixing Styles of Stools and Chairs

  • 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.

Examples

Open concept kitchen dining space with bar stools and dining chairs in the same wood finish
^ To tie in both the chairs and the stools, this designer went with the same wood finish and a similar design on the back.
This designer kept the same cowhide fabric material on the bar stools and chairs, helping tie these two spaces together.
^ This designer kept the same cowhide fabric material on the bar stools and chairs, helping tie these two spaces together. Featuring the El Dorado chairs and stools.
This designer kept similar-looking chairs in both spaces. Both spaces also have hints of blues and light tans to create harmony and balance.
^ This designer kept similar-looking chairs in both spaces. Both spaces also have hints of blues and light tans to create harmony and balance.
^ This designer chose to keep the same metal finish and fabric on the bar stools and dining chairs which looks like a set.
^ This designer chose to keep the same metal finish and fabric on the bar stools and dining chairs which looks like a set.

Matching Styles of Stools and Chairs

You can also choose to match the styles of the bar stools and chairs. Sometimes you don’t have that option, but we offer plenty of matching chairs along with our stools!

Here are just a few examples:

Design Examples

This designer matched the dining chairs to the bar stools with the same metal finish and fabric, creating a cohesive look.
^ This designer matched the dining chairs to the bar stools with the same metal finish and fabric, creating a cohesive look. The bar stools used are the Payton by Amisco.
^ This designer kept the same style for both chairs and added some contrast against both tables. These feature the Grissom stools by Amisco.
This designer kept the Phoebe stools by Amisco in the kitchen and the Phoebe dining chairs in the dining room.
^ This designer kept the Phoebe stools by Amisco in the kitchen and the Phoebe dining chairs in the dining room.

Posted by Deborah

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Deborah

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.