Complete Guide To Choosing Modern Bar Stools

Picking out furniture for your home can be both fun and exhausting. It is tiring having to measure things, search online and in stores, and put the furniture together if it does not come pre-assembled. But it’s all worth it if you finally find the perfect piece.

Bar stools are a really cool furniture item to have because they can be incredibly versatile pieces. They can be used at your bar counter, kitchen counter, around a tall dining table, and even as a unique focal point in a room. 

They are typically pretty easy to move and require little to no maintenance. You can really play around with your style when choosing bar stools, as well. There are tons of different materials (fabrics, metals, woods, and more.) that you can choose from to match your decor perfectly or pair with other furniture.

 Alternatively, some people like to choose a barstool that stands out and adds a pop, either in color or style. With a more eclectic approach, there are those who mix and match bar stools in order to really stand out. 

Whatever your style or approach, it is all about not taking things too seriously. Bar stools are meant to be comfortable and make for great conversation starters. Read on to find a complete guide to choosing modern bar stools. 

What Does Modern Mean?

Modern style has become increasingly popular in recent years, though it has been around for over a hundred years. In terms of furniture, it refers to furniture produced any time after the late 19th century that was influenced by modernism. It involves specific shapes and details in the furniture, and sometimes even specific materials used to create it for a truly modern look.

Modernism took rise in the late 19th and early 20th century. It is reflected in pieces that are urban and industrial. It is all about clean lines and silhouettes, and using materials like glass, metal, woods, and some plastics.

It emphasizes unclutteredness and purposefulness.  Think Scandinavian and German design, which is known for its simplistic, sharp, and clean architecture and furniture designs. Modern design tends to feature a certain color palette as well, focusing on shades of white, beige, black, with a few pops of color that lean towards neutral.

Overall, modern furniture is meant to look clean-cut and natural, which is why many of the materials used in modern designs are natural. The fewer materials used, the better.

There many variations of the modern style, such as mid-century modern, surrealism, and German expressionism. These are more related to art and artists during that time period but can still apply to furniture design and architecture as well. 

What Are Some Examples Of Modern Barstools?

First things first: make sure you have a tape measure so that you don’t get bar stools that are too high or too low for a space or table. Then, the fun part begins—you can start your search for the perfect modern bar stools. Look for sources of inspiration, such as colors, patterns, and materials you like.

Pro tip: don’t just measure the area the bar stool is going in. Measure all the hallways and door frames it will have to pass through to ensure it will fit, so you don’t risk being stuck with a piece of furniture that you can’t even get into your house. Below, we have compiled a list of examples of modern bar stools, and some information about each one. 

  1. The Fascinator is an incredibly versatile piece when it comes to modern decor. The top half looks like a cushioned armchair, while its thin legs give it a clean, minimalist feel. This chair is 22 inches wide and 42.5 inches tall and is available in 18 colors, ranging from oatmeal-colored linen to hot pink velvet. While it works in a kitchen or bar perfectly, you could also spice up a living room or even a master bedroom with a pair of them. 
  2. The Paragon style is a classic bar stool design—armless, square, and simple. It’s only 19.5 inches wide but stands at 43 inches tall and comes in 26 colors and three metal options for the frame. It is supportive and plush, making it very comfortable. This is one of the best options for kitchen bar stools.
  3. The Amorist is a really unique bar stool. It has thin, straight lines, giving it the ultimate clean, modern design, and the subtle angle on the back makes the lines of this chair stand out from the crowd. It comes in 26 colors, including marigold and peacock, and is 20 inches wide and 38.5 inches tall. This is a sophisticated, grown-up piece that will work in any room that you’re looking to take up a notch. 
  4. The Proprietor is a tried and true bar stool meant for sitting at a counter. The classic backless design with a circular cushion makes this a great bar stool for a home bar or game room. In the rose, blush, or flamingo color, it would make the perfect makeup stool for your bathroom. It comes in 26 colors for the cushion and three metal tones for the legs. This chair is 20 inches wide, 30 inches tall, and its straight metal legs maintain the modern vibe, while the soft cushion gives it a classic feel. 

Can Bar Stools Work As Accent Pieces?

Yes! Bar stools can work as accent pieces. There are many height differences and styles that can make bar stools more appropriate in one setting versus another. If you have unused space in your home, a bar stool may be just what you need. 

Shorter styles can fill empty corners or even be paired with other furniture as an ottoman or place to set magazines and books. Below we have listed three great examples of stools that work as accent pieces. 

  1. The Levitator is a stylish smaller piece that will work in virtually any room—the bathroom, the basement, the living room, wherever you need an extra seat. It comes in 26 colors, ranging from neutral to bold. If you’re looking to use this as an accent piece, we recommend choosing a bold color option that will really pop, like a yellow, pink, or green shade that is sure to catch someone’s eye. It is 17 inches wide and 19.5 inches high, which makes it easy to tuck away when not in use.  
  2. The Pixie  makes for a great accent piece. It also comes in 26 colors and stands at 18 inches high and 18 inches wide. You can pair this stool with a chair or couch as an ottoman or put a tray table on top that contains magazines and candles. If you just need a short chair, that works too. It has plenty of cushion for a comfy seat. 
  3. The Knick Knack stool set is much different than the other items on this list. These are sleek and simple, and are made entirely of wood. These stools come as a set of three, and each stool is slightly bigger than the last. One is 12 inches tall, the other 14, and the third is 16 inches tall. These can act as stepping stools, extra tables next to a chair or couch, or a decorative piece that completes a room.


Modern furniture design took off in the late 19th century and early 20th century. That said, pieces can still be found today in the modernist style, and it’s becoming increasingly popular with the rise of minimalism. This style features clean lines, natural materials, neutral color palettes and is often inspired by Scandinavian and German design. 

Bar stools are fun, versatile pieces to have in your home. They can work in pretty much any room in your house, including your kitchen, bathroom, basement, bedroom, and home bar. They range in size and height, so you should always measure the spaces around your home before you purchase a bar stool. 

Some bar stools can even work as accent pieces. They can be used as ottomans, extra seating, and in some cases, side tables. They also make great seats for doing your makeup in your bathroom or next to a floor-length mirror in your bedroom.


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