How to Choose Chairs for your Dining Table
Your dining area is the social hub of your home. The place where you gather with family for meals to catch up on each other’s days, as well as the backdrop for special occasions to share good food and drinks with friends.
Of course, with so many special memories made in the dining area, it is no wonder that we all want to make them as stylish, comfortable and homely as possible.
But we also understand that creating your dream dining area is not always an easy process, which is why we are here to help.
The key to putting together the perfect dining area lies in how you match your dining table and chairs. They are the main feature, after all.
We have put together an all-you-could-need guide filled with tips and advice on choosing the perfect dining chairs for your home.
Table of Contents
- Can You Mix Chairs at a Dining Table?
- Start with the Dining Table
- Contrasting Materials
- Break Up Colours
- Consider the Flooring
- If In Doubt, Choose a Matching Set
How Do You Match a Dining Table and Chairs?
When it comes to matching dining tables and chairs, there are several considerations that you should keep in mind.
We have outlined what we believe to be the top tips that you should know before choosing your dining chairs, so relate these to your own style preferences, and you will be on your way to creating a harmonious dining experience.
Can You Mix Chairs at a Dining Table?
Before we dive in, we want to make it clear that you can be as creative with your dining chair selection as you want. In fact, we encourage you to mix and match your dining chairs for a contemporary look and dynamic style.
Mixing your dining chairs is the perfect way to ensure you avoid a monotonous design for your dining area. Whether you mix the chair styles from each other or just from the dining table, we will leave that decision up to you.
But knowing this style choice is an option and knowing how to implement it are two different problems. So, you can find more tips and advice for how to mix and match your dining chairs through our expert guide.
Start with the Dining Table
You should always start with your dining table before you dive into looking for chairs. Whether you already have your dream table chosen or you are still in the market, knowing what you are working with will make choosing the right dining chairs much easier.
You will need to think about the following things when it comes to matching your chairs to the table; size, functionality and comfort. This is all before you get into the business of colours, styles and materials!
If you have already chosen your dining table, then read our guide to the different dining chair types for inspiration on what you should be shopping for.
You can also shop our popular dining table collection to find your starting point.
For a truly contemporary dining style, you should opt for contrasting materials between your dining table and chairs. This means if you have a metal table, do not assume you have to pick metal dining chairs. The same goes for an oak dining table and oak chairs.
When you match materials perfectly with nothing to break up the space, your dining area falls victim to overwhelming textures. This can quickly suffocate the space.
To fix this, you need to imagine your dining area as having visual highs and lows. This ensures that as the eye moves across the dining space, you are stimulated by one area and calmed by another for the perfect balance.
To sum it up, you should allow one piece of furniture to be the star and the other to be the support. It is up to you which you choose to pull focus to.
You may prefer a stand-out dining table that pulls attention accompanied by plain chairs or a basic table that can be elevated by more intricate and interesting dining chairs. Just remember that when they are in the same material, neither look as special or as eye-catching as they should.
There is one exception to the material rule that we need to mention. It is stylishly acceptable to have a dining table and chairs in the same material if they are somehow broken up.
For example, you could choose an oak dining table with matching oak dining chairs if the chairs have upholstery to break up the design. So, keep this in mind if you have your heart set on a particular material design!
Break Up Colours
Here at Fusion Living, we understand better than anyone that getting the colours right in a room is one of the hardest parts of decorating. But it is equally important to put as much consideration into the colours of your dining chairs.
Now you know the benefits of mixing materials when it comes to your dining chairs and table, it’s time to think about mixing colours too. This will enhance your contemporary style for an effortlessly stylish look.
By mixing colours, you can achieve a layered design to your dining area, and the best part is the colour needs only to be changed ever so slightly. For example, charcoal dining chairs look great paired with a black table, or you could choose an oak table with beige chairs for a lighter look.
This shows that you don’t need to be afraid of colour and assume that bold and bright is the only route to breaking up the colours in your home. Even these subtle tonal changes have a big impact on the overall space.
Once again, we have one exception to the rule. You can choose the same colours for your dining chairs and table if you’re using totally different materials.
This ensures you have enough interesting texture to allow the colour scheme not to be too monotonous.
Consider the Flooring
By now, you might have a much more clear idea of what dining chairs you want to pair with your table. But does something still not seem right about the picture?
For a well-balanced dining area, you might want to consider the flooring, as this is sometimes the downfall of what would otherwise be a perfect pairing between tables and chairs.
Just like with the materials and colours of the dining chairs and table being too similar, this can extend to the flooring and create a heavy atmosphere with not a lot going on. If this is an issue you are experiencing already, then simply break up the look with a rub beneath the dining table and chairs to add a softer element to the area.
If you are starting from scratch, then just try to avoid combinations like timber tables on hard flooring etc.
If In Doubt, Choose a Matching Set
Now that you have read through our guide, we hope that you have a good idea of what you want for your dining area and how to create the perfect look.
However, we understand that we have thrown a lot of ideas into the mix, and the contemporary bordering on eclectic style isn’t for everyone. If you’re in doubt on what to match with what, then choose an effortlessly stylish matching dining set to take the fuss away from the decision.
Choosing Chairs for your Dining Table
Get started putting our tips and advice into action and explore our range of dining chairs available in a variety of styles and designs.
You can also shop for high-quality and stylish dining tables also on offer if you need to create a totally new dining area.