8 Rooms that Will Make You Rethink Your Own Dining Chairs

8 Rooms that Will Make You Rethink Your Own Dining Chairs

Dabney Frake
Jan 12, 2015
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If you have a perfectly matched and perfectly respectable set of dining room chairs, all is well. But, if you are looking to shake things up a bit, here are inspirational examples where the traditional gets traded in for the unconventional. Explore eight rooms from our house tours, and incorporate these tips at home...

1. Incorporate furniture traditionally reserved for other rooms. Darren and Preston’s upholstered loveseat is an unexpected and welcome addition to the eating area. Look around for living room furniture, or things like office chairs, that will nicely do the trick.

(Image credit: Andrea Sparacio)

2. Pair your table with a built-in element. James' seating above is a very custom example, but the same is possible with banquettes, or even window seats if you've got them.

3. Go with a bench for a casual look. Long low seating takes up less visual space than traditional backed chairs, which works well with small spaces. Tuck it under the table when it's not in use.

4. Think contrast. This rustic kitchen table looks fantastic paired with those deliciously apple red metal chairs. Make for unlikely chair marriages, and you'll love the results.

5. Forgo chairs entirely. Justine and Angus' round tulip table tucks right up against a mini-banquette, saving lots of space in their kitchen. Pull in extra chairs if you have company, then keep them out of sight for the majority of the time.

6. Mix and Match. Either use the same chair in different colors, or different chairs entirely. It’s both convenient to cobble together a set from different sources, and it adds a lot of interest.

7. Vary height. A classic decorating tip is to include multiple levels in one room, so you eye moves around in delightful ways, versus resting on one boring plane. One place to do this is with your chairs. Your eyeballs are playfully interested in Charlie's dining room above, are they not?

8. Choose a major conversation piece. "Why, are those bales of hay you’re using for benches?" or "Is that a male butt on the back of your chair?" and other comments and questions are entirely possible.

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