Having a bit of old world Italy in your kitchen can give it an elegant but comfortable feeling and there's no better way to accent your Tuscan kitchen décor than with old world bar stools. Now, I'm not talking about buying some uncomfortable old stools from the 17th century – I'm talking about new bar stools in an old world style.

Bar stools add a bit of informality to the kitchen and everyone loves eating a light meal or snack while perched on a stool. They are perfect for afternoon guests and for the kids to do their homework on. Not only that, but if you choose them carefully, they can act as a decorative element that enhances your overall décor.

When choosing old world bar stools, you want ones that match with the colors and theme of your Tuscan kitchen décor. Is your kitchen more on the rustic side? Then choose wooden stools with a rush seat. Is it more elegant? Then you might want wrought or bent iron stools. If you have a fabric seat, make sure you get a color and pattern that matches the room – most bar stool stores offer a selection of fabrics and you can easily get something that matches your décor.

The other consideration when choosing bar stools is the height and number of stools you need. This is dictate by the size of the table or bar that you will be using the stools for seating at.

The general rule of thumb is that you need 10 to 13 inches between the seat of the stool and the bottom of the counter. This is what a person will need to feel comfortable sitting at the counter. Of course, it's not practical to bring the stools home and measure them so what you do is measure from the bottom of the counter to the floor and then when you are in the store, you can measure from the top of the stool to the floor and subtract the two numbers to find out if the stools are a perfect fit!

Another thing you want to think about when buying bar stools. While you might be tempted to buy as many as you can so you can seat more people, there is actually an optimum number of stools that can fit at one table or bar. You want to be sure there is 25 to 30 inches of space from the middle of 1 stool to the middle of the next. This is what will be most comfortable for your guests, so it is best to purchase the number of stools that will allow for this seating.

Buying old world bar stools to match your Tuscan kitchen décor can be a great way to get good seating that adds to the decorating theme in your kitchen. Just follow the rules above and you're sure to find stools that fit perfectly into your Tuscan kitchen.

Source by Lee Dobbins