An upholstered or cushioned stool can look just as modern its non-cushy counterpart. Check out these examples:
• 2 In another of Nisbet's kitchens, metallic fabric is paired with acrylic for an ultra-modern, yet comfortable, look. The casters on the stools add a practical element.
• 3 We love these custom-upholstered stools featured in House Beautiful. The Galbraith and Paul fabric is a lovely, subtle choice to contrast with all the warm wood. And the upholstery tacks give the stools a bit of edginess, too.
• 4 A more traditional stool graces this Barry Dixon-designed kitchen, but the combination of textures—the fabric seat with a rattan back, echoing the perforated lamp—updates the look. (Image via Alicia B. Designs.)
• 5 The designers at De Lisle, Philpotts, and Staub chose a flowery Asian silk to bring out the earthy tones in the tile backsplash.
• 6 One more from Amanda Nisbet, who once again pairs a standout fabric with acrylic... this time, the deep teal upholstery is an unexpected pop of color in a traditional white kitchen.
• 7 and 8 In these last two kitchens, both from Domino (via SFGirlByBay), the designers went for a retro-industrial look by choosing old vinyl upholstery. Stools like these—from barbershops or, indeed, bars—can often be found at flea markets.
What do you think? Is the upholstered bar stool a look you can get behind?