7 seating ideas for ‘stay as long as you like’ country kitchen dining

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    Whether you picture yourself perched at an island with a cuppa or relaxing at the table, country kitchen seating is essential for creating a sociable ‘stay as long as you like’ atmosphere. Don’t feel tempted to match everything, however. Country kitchens favour less co-ordinated seating, so try a mix of different styles, colours and materials, and a combination of textiles in complementary shades for an eclectic look.

    1 French classic

    Camargue weathered oak dining chairs, around £189 each; piped cushion covers, around £23 each; pads, around £12 each, all OKA.

    Seat pads or upholstered dining chairs will encourage people to
    linger. Pair these bistro-style oak chairs with duck-feather-filled seat
    cushions covered in a simple oatmeal-coloured fabric for a comfortable,
    rustic dining experience.

    2 Good company

    Imo bar stools, around £380 each, Pinch. Kitchen, from £38,000, Teddy Edwards.

    A large island forms the central hub of this sleek kitchen, where guests can perch on beautiful white oiled oak bar stools, helping or chatting to the cook.

    3 A slice of nature

    Chamomile benches, around £416 each, Sofas & Stuff.

    The sloping sides of these oak benches replicate ‘waney edge’ boards, while Shaker-inspired legs give the seating a contemporary craft simplicity that works well in a country environment.

    4 Sitting comfortably

    Shoreditch bar stools, around £300 each, Neptune.

    Designed to support you as you sit, with user-friendly metal foot bars at the sides and front, these high-backed upholstered bar stools are covered in a neutral fabric to complement the vintage industrial feel of this kitchen.

    5 Colour match

    Light Oak bench, col Bamiyan Blue, around £588, Bastide collection, Fired Earth.

    For most families a flexible arrangement is key for coping with the
    varied meals and events throughout the day. If space allows, include
    benches as well as chairs around a generous kitchen table. Handcrafted from oak, this bench comes in 10 standard painted and three oak finishes. For an extra cost, it can also be ordered in a Fired Earth paint colour, for seating that tones with the rest of your kitchen.

    6 Mix it up

    Marple chair (left), around £125; Croft Collection Pew chair, around £115, both John Lewis.

    Attractive kitchen chairs don’t have to be co-ordinated. Try using chairs in different styles, or a combination of chairs and benches, painted in a neutral colour or left unfinished, to give a relaxed feel.

    7 Crafted chic

    Easymaid stools, around £230 each, John Lewis of Hungerford.

    Reminiscent of old milking stools, making them a perfect choice for a country-style kitchen, these three-legged stools come with a maple wood seat and are available in eight paint colours including Easy Graphite and Easy Pink, shown here.

    Find more inspiring kitchen ideas from Country Homes & Interiors.

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