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

Is the kitchen the heart of your country home? Check out these seating ideas for stylish kitchen dining from Country Homes & Interiors. They're so comfy, we can guarantee your family and friends won't want to leave...

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.

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