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Are you hoping to get rid of those boring, worn, or mismatched barstools? Looking for some inspiring designs that don’t cost a fortune?
We've put together a list of our four favorite modern kitchen barstools compiled from a list of customer favorites that are all reasonably priced.
An example of an inexpensive modern kitchen barstool– the white Orbit bar stool on the left has a back and arm rests and looks great in a modern kitchen or dining room.
1.One of our most popular modern kitchen barstools is the Shift Black and White Adjustable Bar Stool. It can seat most partygoers up to 250lbs. Its gas hydraulic lift provides effortless adjustment from 25” to 33-1/2” high – perfect for any home bar or kitchen table.
The lack of back support and curved seat also promotes good posture –important for looking good at a party.
The Shift Adjustable Bar Stool in black and white is a dead-sexy stool that works great in white or light gray interiors. The absence of an arm rest helps it sit close to small rounded tables.
2.Our Scooper Swivel Stool in metallic white resembles a drinking fountain at a dentist’s office, or a chair from the Milk Bar featured in A Clockwork Orange. It’s less expensive than the Shift chair above, and has a half-back rest to give you a little lumbar support.
This counter height stool can adjust between 22” to 33-1/2” high, and has a nice wide foot rest so your feet don’t fall asleep from dangling.
The Scooper Metallic White Modern Swivel Bar or Counter Stool is all curves! It has a polished white fiberglass body that is resistant to scratches and doesn’t mind falling over a few times, should your guests get a little rowdy!
3.If you’re going to buy two or four table chairs that will last a generation, make them the Lolo Counter Stool with a Magnetite finish. Admittedly, they’re not the cheapest counter stools out there, but their steel construction and immaculate welding will hold up for decades.
The seats also have a nice padding for your butt, and convenient arm rests for people to lean back. The magnetite coating finish also prevents it from rusting due to spilt drinks.
The Lolo Counter Stool is a non-adjustable stool that looks like furniture from the future – a future imagined in the 1960s.
4.Want to feel like the captain of an interstellar starship? Then "Boldly Go" with our Donovan adjustable swiveling barstool in black faux leather. It can be adjusted between 24-1/2” and 32-1/2” inches via a hand pump under the padded seat. The ribbed cushion seat and back rest feels like a dream, perfect for long conversations over wine.
The Donovan Swiveling Adjustable Barstool features a floor-hugging square metal base. It keeps you from falling over, letting you spin to your heart’s content.
What are your favorite stylish and modern kitchen barstools we forgot to mention? Let us know, and we’ll post them right here in this blog!
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Modern workspace with industrial modern lighting
If you're like me and love design, chances are you're a believer that your environment is just as important as the food you eat. That being said, the design of your work environment can be directly related to your level of happiness and productivity.
Here's some inspiration ideas for the perfect workspace and how functional and stylish industrial desk lamps can deliver the best decor element in a minimal, modern environment.
Industrial lighting in a rustic workspace
Like home design, you can mix up your lighting fixtures in the workspace. Try an industrial style pendant with a desk lamp and modern floor lamp for ultimate lighting and cool style.
Chrome task lamps in the perfect studio
Single pendant bulbs are the perfectly understated light fixture for an industrial modern space and traditionally modern chrome task lamps are never a bad idea.
Industrial modern lighting not only works in your workspace, it works in any room of your house as well!
Images from Airows, Architectural Digest, Purple Area
There is no easier way to update a room than with decorative throw pillows. All it takes is a few pillows to spruce up a couch, chair, or bed. Decorative throw pillows allow you to instantly change the mood in your home, whether you’re seeking a traditional, modern, or eclectic look.
When selecting decorative throw pillows for your design, using an odd number is best. Try one, three, or five, depending on the size of your furniture and the look you want (one for a chair, three or five for a standard 88-inch sofa).
You really can’t have too many pillows, and if the mix of patterns or designs isn’t working for you, just add more!
If you’re stuck on where to begin with pillows, try using one pattern plus one solid pillow. This simple mix can have a big impact, and you can use any combination of bold colors. For a slightly more complex combination, use one bold pattern and one small pattern, or one with a different texture.
For a modern look, it is advised to use a limited color palette and large geometric prints on smooth, tightly woven fabrics, like cotton and linen. If you prefer to use lots of colors, try pulling from a piece of artwork.
A few larger pillows creates a streamlined look, as opposed to many smaller pillows.
If you want a traditional look, forgo the rule of odds and place 2 pillows on each side of the sofa to impart a sense of symmetry and order. Try using luxurious fabrics like velvet or silk, as well as fringe trim and layer a variety of colors, patterns, and textures to keep things interesting.
For those who like to throw caution the wind, you can always create an eclectic feel with your pillows. For a casual air, try two pillows in one corner with a third at the opposite end – the pillows should look like they just happened to be there.
Use pillows of different colors and patterns but similar size to tie it all together. Also make sure there is at least one color in all the pillows to keep it from looking completely random.
Become a designer and combine any mixture of pillows you find interesting. Try placing the pillows in different places on the couch and experiment until you find the best combination!
Now it’s time to consider the fill of the throw pillows. A feather-and-down fill has more squish, and it’s also the most expensive. Foam and other synthetic fills are stiffer. They hold their shape, but feel less luxurious.
Discover our wide range of decorative throw pillows perfect for any home décor. Take risks with bold patterns, textures, and colors for a truly unique home.
Have you ever spent hours cooking a delicious family dinner, only to see your loved ones shovel it down their throats, then suddenly vanish?
This phenomenon might have nothing to do with your culinary skills, nor a sign of the Millennial Generation’s short attention span. Silly as it sounds, you might have insufficient kitchen lighting. If your kitchen island looks dark and lonely, brighten it up with modern mini pendant lights for kitchens.
Pendants create a striking mood and take up less kitchen space than standard 8-10” hanging lights. Mini pendant lighting also looks super-classy, with a range of designs to fit any kitchen remodel and budget.
Here are 5 basic tips for choosing the right design, spacing and height for your kitchen island pendant lights:
To determine the right hanging lights for a 2’6” dining table, just subtract 12”, giving you 1’6”. Divide that by 3 fixtures and you get roughly 4 3/4-Inch – which just so happens to be the size of the Kaser LED Mini Pendant
1.Choosing the diameter - To ensure there’s enough headroom for everyone at the table, measure the width or diameter of the surface being illuminated. Then just subtract 12" from that number, and voila! You have your rough fixture diameter.
Small fixtures like the 6-inch Encircled Crystal Euro Halogen Pendant Set are perfect for breakfast nooks and small round tables. You can often save money buying pendants in sets of three.
2.Tiny is better - Busy pendants with a lot of design elements will appear bigger to your eyes. Always go as small as possible if you like em’ gaudy!
The 6-inch wide Raindrop Glass Chrome Mini Pendant Light arranged according to the Rule of Three over a kitchen island. . Unlike LED or fluorescent lights, incandescent pendants like these are inherently dimmable.
3. Spacing the pendants - You want visual balance when you hang your pendants, so spacing is key. Measure the length of the space you want to illuminate (like a kitchen island,) find the center point for the center pendant. From there, hang the pendants equidistant on either side of the center and make sure the entire space is equally illuminated.
When spacing a row of pendant lights, measure from the middle light source (or bulb) of the fixture instead of the outer edge of the shade.
4.Though shalt not break the Rule of Three (unless it looks cool) – No, the “Rule of Three” are not tyrannical rulers from the Game of Thrones series. It is a guideline, based on the fact that our human minds love balance. Odd numbers (especially in successions of three) seem to look especially zen.
However, we’ve seen a lot of cases where there is just not enough room for three -- two is just fine if they’re spaced evenly over the surface.
5.Get dimmers – Any of the incandescent or halogen fixtures on this list are compatible with simple, inexpensive dimming switches.
LED technology, however, has not been standardized; Brand A’s LED fixture might not match up with Brand B’s dimmer switches. Either way, a dimmer allows you to control the environment any way you want.
Studies show that intimate mood lighting actually makes food taste better. It might even persuade your family to linger at the table a little bit longer.
If you’re embarking on your own kitchen lighting remodel, how are factors like spacing, size, light source and code compliance affecting your overall design? Any tips on installing dimmable kitchen lights? We’d love to hear your stories from the front lines!
Bedroom with stylish contemporary lighting
The bedroom is a great room to take advantage of new lighting ideas. While traditional table lamps are the obvious choice, here're some fun ideas to try in your home.
Pairing mixed styles of eye-catching contemporary lamps could be fun if you first have an idea what look you're going for... Here're some inspiration photos to get you started.
Take a cue from the space above and mix it up, try stylish floor lamps instead of table lamps.
Party lights in a modern bedroom
String lights never looked better... They're not just for the patio! Try pairing them with a fun pendant lighting in the bedroom. It could make for great mood lighting too.
Modern bedroom with elegant lighting
You can make it interesting by trying different light fixture styles in the same finish. This helps achieve a more eclectic aesthetic while still keeping it elegant.
Images from Discover the Decor, Digs Digs, Dust Jacket Attic
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