Barstools in a variety of colors are an unexpected way to perk up a neutral kitchen. For a cohesive look, stick to the same kind (these are Tolix-style stools), then sprinkle more bright bursts around the room with dishware. Find barstools like these at Overstock, Poly & Bark, and Industry West. (Room design by Carissa Fox)
Guests can saddle up to the kitchen island on midcentury modern barstools, complete with molded seats and tapered legs. The open nature of the kitchen allows the chef to interact with guests while taking care of last-minute prep.