Designer Tip: How to Select Dining Room Chairs

Time Several Hours

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WORDS BY The Havenly Team

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Published on October 15, 2013

Okay, please tell me someone else has had this experience, too.

You find a dining room table that you LOVE….but the matching set of chairs is just out of your budget/out of stock/looks too catalogue-y/(insert first world problem here), prohibiting you from buying the whole set.  It happens!  You will come up with a plan and make it work.  But of course making this decision on your own can be intimidating (you are buying 4, 6, 8, 10 of them after all!).

Are there rules to follow?  What could we all keep in mind when selecting our dining room chairs?  Our Director of Design, Shelby Girard, shares her tips with us:



TIP#1:  One of my favorite dining room looks is to compliment an old traditional table with more contemporary chairs, or vice versus. Gone are the days of matching dining room furniture sets.

style mix dining chairs

Images via CasaSugar, The Speckled Dog, Apent Hus, & Emmas Design Blogg

TIP #2:  With a simple neutral table, I like mixing various styles of chairs. Just keep within a similar color family or style to create some consistency.

mismatching dining chairsImages via Malin Stoltz, Shannon Darby, Skona Hem, & Dust Jacket Attic

TIP #3:  Choose something comfortable. There are a ton of great upholstered chairs out there right now, but one of my favorite tips for making a stiff chair more cushy is to drape a sheepskin over it.

sheepskin dining chairsImages via LaLaLovely, Hip Hostess, La Maison d’ Anna G, The Design Chaser,

TIP #4:  Don’t limit yourself to chairs. Benches, settees, and banquettes are a great way to add seating as well. A traditional settee can create a more formal look, a banquet can create a built-in/custom look, and a bench can create a more relaxed, casual feel.

bench dining chairs

Images via Ciao Interiors, Garden Home & Party, Laura U, & on Indulgy

I just love all the liberties you can take in furnishing a dining room that expresses YOUR personal style.  Are you happy with your dining room chairs?  Any new ideas/tips to share?

xx, Alana

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