As you can see above, I bought a white leather stool from Kirkland's and the black and brown Stratmoor stool from Pier 1 Imports. The other two on the side are the temporary ones we have been using.
Starting with the Kirkland's white leather stool...This one fits pretty well on the end of my counter where the overhang is only about 10 inches. When we designed my kitchen, the overhang was actually about 12 inches in this spot but at the last minute, I had them move the island down a bit to give me more stove area on the other end. While I like the space on the other side, I regret making this overhang so small. Nothing I can do about it now! This is one of the reasons I am having trouble with my counter stool decision. This stool fits here but the wood color is a bit off so it makes it seem like I was trying too hard to match it to the island stain. Plus, the leather color is too creamy and looks a little washed out when you compare it to the white cabinets.
Here is the stool tucked under the long side of the island. The leather doesn't even go well with the counter top. It might not show so much in the picture, but in person it is more obvious.
Plus, I know I could probably wipe up spills easily but I just can't see white leather lasting in my kitchen with my boys. So this stool is out.
I also brought home the Stratmoor stool from Pier 1 Imports...
At first I felt like the Stratmoor stool stood out too much since the bottom is black and the top is a darker brown than the island. Then my kids sat on this one and loved it. It's comfortable, the right height at 25 inches and it swivels. What more could boys want?
But as much as I want to keep my boys happy, I have to really decide if this is the look I want in here.
When tucked under the island, the black isn't as jarring in there, plus the black picks up the black in the lanterns. I had thought about going with black when I went shopping at Restoration Hardware recently. You can read about that here - Counter Stool Dilemma if you missed all the excitement the first time around.
I guess the black could work with the touches of black in the family room as well as the black that runs through the granite. Don't look at the kitchen table and chairs. They will be replaced soon...I hope.
This stool sticks out a bit more in that end spot though. It's diameter is 16 inches. I just don't know. It's hard just looking at one in the space but I am not going to try out four just so I can return them when I change my mind...
So, as of now, I am still undecided and still looking. I will keep you posted. I am sure you are on the edge of your seat waiting...
At least I am done with the bar stool decision for our ski condo. If you missed that drama, check out my post - Our New Saying and the Almost Disastrous Bar Stool Purchase. Never a dull moment here.
What do you think of the black against the island?
Am I wrecking my kitchen if I buy these?
Is there anyone in the world who obsesses about stools as much as I do?