Dozens of questions come in each month about dining room chairs and how to select them so I decided it was time to share some of my favorite tips with our readers. The concept of the formal dining room has changed drastically over the years, even in multi-million dollar homes that I design my clients are looking to create dining rooms that are aesthetically interesting and inviting with a more relaxed feel.
Think Outside of the Box- Try to abandon the stereo-type of what you think a dining room should look like and do not buy a “set” of furniture. The idea is to collect pieces that you love and combine them to create an atmosphere that reflects your personal style.
Choose a Style- The chair style should complement the overall look you are creating. Above, a coastal inspired dining room incorporates natural cane back chairs with a bamboo white frame adding to the beachy feel. Left, chic and vintage design elements are combined with a window seat for an eclectic look.
Number of Seats- Consider how many people will be seated at the table on a daily basis and the maximum guests you anticipate when entertaining. This will help determine the scale of the chair you need to use and impact the selection.
Consider Comfort- Is it important to be comfortable or just look good? You would be surprised how many people choose style over comfort. My vote is a combination of the two, chic and comfortable like these fabulous slip-covered chairs above.
Finish Selection- The finish or color of the dining chairs in particular is the most frequently asked question. I want to start out by saying there are no design rules to follow you can mix finishes, colors and materials to fit the design aesthetic you are creating. I like to create contrast so if my table is wood then a lighter color chair works well.
Mixing it Up- I am sure you have noticed that mixing chair styles and colors is popular. Here, a fabulous curved settee and rattan chairs are brought together at the dining table to create a feeling of casual elegance.