I say all this as an owner of a galley kitchen with NO room for stools. Sad face. But if I did have room, I think I might go for something like this Lydia stool from Ballard Designs. LOVE the classic Windsor shape and though I'm usually not a "weathered wood" kind of gal, the finish on these is really catching my eye:
I would love to see a set of these in a classic black and white kitchen with antique brass pendant lights. Hopefully Ballard still has these around if I ever upgrade to a big girl kitchen.
The Lydia silhouette comes in counter and bar stools, dining chairs, a bench and more...check it out here.