Raise the bar: the best bar stools

You'll always find them in the kitchen at parties. And not just parties, the kitchen is where people tend to gather, whatever the occasion. Whether it's the draw of the food, the booze or the convivial conversation from the cook/host, it pays to take this into consideration when planning a kitchen scheme.

So whatever colour or style of kitchen you've gone for, timber, painted or white, it's worth making a set of smart bar stools around your kitchen island, top of the priority list.

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The right choice of bar stoolwill turn everyday dining and speedy mid-week breakfasts into an elegant affair. Not just that – with somewhere cool and comfortable to sit, any guests you have over can pull up a seat while you're cooking, so you can socialise while you sauté, involve them in the prep or just put them in charge of topping up the Sauvignon.

Our edit of the best bar stools includes a host of different styles, colours and textures to suit modern kitchens.

There's modern farmhouse style in a choice of cool colours at Neptune and slick Scandi chic from Metrica. If you prefer a rustic vibe, head to Graham & Green for its rattan Oslo stool.

Fans of mid-century design will swoon over the classic Cherner stool at Nest, while those who like an opulent interior may have their heads turned by the beautiful Stay stool at Sé, or the less expensive Luxe from Oliver Bonas.

There are more upholstered options at The Sofa and Chair Company, with its customisable Grayson, which is available in a choice of fabrics and finishes. Or head to Next for the blue faux leather Carson, which combines clean lines with a comfy padded seat and backrest.

Take a fresh look at timber kitchens here.

Oslo bar stool in Olive Green, £195, Graham and Green

Oslo bar stool in Olive Green, £195, Graham and Green

This green rattan bar stool would look great completing a breakfast bar arrangement.

Wardley bar stool in Old Rose, £390, Neptune

Wardley bar stool in Old Rose, £390, Neptune

Bring a farmhouse vibe to your kitchen with a painted bar stool.

Bar stool with wooden base in classic walnut, £816, Cherner at Nest

Bar stool with wooden base in classic walnut, £816, Cherner at Nest

Designed by Norman Cherner, the Cherner Stool has been reissued in exacting detail from the original drawings and moulds.

Luxe velvet bar stool in Ocean, £295, Oliver Bonas

Luxe velvet bar stool in Ocean, £295, Oliver Bonas

With its gold-foiled frame and velvet seat, this bar stool oozes glamour.

Stay bar stool in Anthracite, from £1,690, Sé

Stay bar stool in Anthracite, from £1,690, Sé

Turn everyday dining into a special occasion with this sophisticated stool.

Thomas bar stool, from £936, Metrica for SP01 Design

Thomas bar stool, from £936, Metrica for SP01 Design

With armrests, a footrest and options for upholstery, this bar stool is cool and comfortable.

Grayson bar stool, from £925, The Sofa & Chair Company

Grayson bar stool, from £925, The Sofa & Chair Company

This chic seat can be customised according to your wishes.