By Anna Kocharian

Published on April 24, 2018

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Light fixtures - Rejuvenation Photography by Marisa Vitale
Photography by Marisa Vitale

It seems like the standard scope of kitchen seating has gotten a major revamp in years past, as an increasing number of dwellers move to embrace the whole counter-culture movement. Perhaps it’s something that can be attributed to the casual nature of the common household as of late—meals exclusively reserved for stuffy dining rooms, a dwindling scene— but, it’s safe to say that nowadays, most homes come outfitted with a spanning kitchen island that is paired with one stand-out element: chic counter stools.

And while styles will inevitably vary across the board, there is one specific piece we’ve seen in home tour after home tour: leather bar stools. Stylistically, they may differ, but the overall idea is the same, a rich, leather seat paired with a steel base.

Ahead, we look to the spaces that encapsulate the trend and explore the style-focused ways with which you can bring the look home. See for yourself. 

Photography by BECKY KIMBALL

When it comes to introducing in color, 

blues are ideal. 

You can thank the complementary nature of the hue for this one, as well as the element of versatility it brings to the decorative scheme of a room. And as if this Salt Lake City abode is any indication, the perfect counterpart to the saturated finish of the blue cabinetry is only elevated by the richness of the wooden flooring and seats that match.  

Photography by Amy Bartlam

Is it just us or is there an unspoken formula for making the trend work? A whitewashed backdrop seems to go without saying, access to an abundance of natural light, deemed essential. The laidback Cali-cool aesthetic is one that best supports the scene but don’t underestimate the power of a moody backdrop—industrial accents layered with bold hues and sleek furnishings can work just as well. 

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Roadhouse leather bar stools, CB2, $269

It’s safe to say that this CB2 exclusive is a definite icon and one that has made its fair share of cameos in the homes we’ve seen as of late. Handmade leather, natural hide tones, and a beautifully contoured seat are only a handful of the characteristics that make this piece so great. Its seemingly continuous composition and whipstitch detailing are merely the icing on the cake. 

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Huck Leather Stool, Black Rooster Decor, $385

Brass details, by way of the legs, impart this rendition of the trendy stool with a refreshing and unique detail. Available in a cognac-hued brown, the made-to-look-distressed seating will impart your space with a sleek yet vintage-esque feel. 

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As one can only view the same seat from the same angle, so many times, a backside perspective is in order. If that radiant blue and soft leather pairing isn’t incentive enough to make this undeniable splurge, we don’t know what is. 

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Pair of Charlotte Perriand Style Leather Bar Stools, 1stdibs, $1,650

Consider this a pared-down version of the trend—and one that provides a contemporary refresh that is relatively hard to come by in the market. Beautifully minimalist and comprised of a light leather seat, this set is a decorative indulgence in its most literal sense. 

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Sling Bar Leather Stool, Industry West $320

This ultra contemporary option is ideal for the modern space that’s void of the superfluous—well, decoratively speaking, anyway. Its innovative design boasts a slender steel base and a caramel-colored seat, which results in a durable finish that is ideal for the busier households. 

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