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
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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