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Brushed Steel Bar Stools

Brushed steel bar stools are stools with a metal satin finish. It’s made by polishing the surface of the metal which creates a signature “brush scrubbed” look. Brushed steel is known for its pattern of fine lines that run parallel to the brushing direction. Commonly brushed metals include: stainless steel, aluminum, and nickel. Most of our brushed stools are made of steel.

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Designing with brushed steel bar stools

Brushed steel can have a dull or shiny finish. Most of our stools match or closely match stainless steel appliances with a standard medium-shiny finish, like refrigerators, microwaves, and ovens.

It’s a top-of-the-line finish because it requires an extra polishing process. During this process, the metal is polished with a 120 to 180 grit belt or a wheel, then softened with an 80 to 120 grit compound or an abrasive belt or pad.

Brushed steel is an iconic look — the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the famous DeLorean car from Back to the Future are both clad in brushed stainless steel.

Brushed steel doesn’t show as many fingerprints as stainless steel because of its buffed pattern.

This type of steels offers a beautiful contemporary look in any modern kitchen, and goes great with most granite, Formica, or Corian countertops. Even better, it doesn’t matter what color or pattern is on your countertop. Brushed steel will tie in with your decor and blend with your stainless steel appliances.

Stainless steel kitchen with brushed steel bar stools
^ Stainless steel kitchen with Trica’s “Chateau” bar stool

Customize your brushed steel stools

Our brushed steel stools from Holland and Trica come in a variety of fabrics and vinyls, and can be customized to match your decor. They’re also available both with and without back rests. When choosing your finish, keep in mind that brushed steel is just as durable as any powder-coated paint finish.

Chrome vs. brushed steel

What’s the difference between chrome and brushed steel? Chrome has a mirror-shine — it’s that mirrored, silvery finish you often see on classic cars. Brushed steel has a “fogged” look and doesn’t have a mirror finish. Chrome stools are offered through Trica and Holland.

How to create an industrial look

Kitchens with a lot of brushed steel and stainless steel tend to have a modern industrial look, which many people prefer. However, some people feel that too much steel tends to look cold.

You can avoid creating a “cold look” by adding warm tones (anything based on red, yellow, or orange) throughout the room.

Consider warm tones for your wall paint, stool seats, or lighting, and for accessories such as paintings, flowers, and window treatments.

In pool rooms and home bars, area rugs can offer a warm, subdued pattern that balances your brushed steel stools. But in a stainless modern kitchen, too many patterns is a no-no. If you’re definitely looking for that industrial look in your kitchen, use fewer patterns and more solid colors. This will give your kitchen a clean and uncluttered atmosphere. For example, choose bare countertops, one or two stainless appliances, and hardwood or solid-tiled floors.

Browse our most popular brushed steel bar stools

Some of our most popular shiny brushed steel stools are:

Brushed steel stools usually have a sleek design and don’t have arms (arms tend to make them look too busy and cluttered). Their frames usually consist of clean lines without ornate metalwork such as swirls and fancy curves.

If you have any questions about brushed steel stools, let us know! Feel free to send us a picture of your room and we’ll help you pick the stools that fit right in.

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