Mix it Up: Dining in Style
Our favorite spot to switch things up? The dining room. Think less cookie-cutter, more design-your-own-adventure. Mismatching is our current craze to add pizzaz and personality, and chairs and tables are our medium of choice. Chairs are anchors for our stories. They capture the feel of a space and make your guests at home in a custom room that feels like you. When your dining sets lead with character, interest, and charm, you allow your guests to crank up the chill and relax into the moment. Ready to put your best “leg” forward? (We had to.) Read on for our best tips to mix up your dining sets with style.
End Chair Bliss
Ah, end chairs. So enticing, so much room for inspiration and play. Often, we will switch up the chairs at the end of a long table to add interest and symmetry. This is also an expert way to ease into the mixed look. Add a wicker weaved chair to tone down all-white elegance, or invest in neutral-toned armchairs to kick up the notch. One tip to be sure of: check your seat heights! It’s almost always best to keep them all the same height. When you’re looking for end chairs, be sure your guests won’t be bobbing up and down or exist on a lower level than you.
Gone are the days of all-in-one dining sets. They’re not wallet-friendly, and they leave little room for personality in a world of mimicry. Are you more of a vintage chic fan, or farmhouse rustic? Pair the two! You can always add neat patterns or switch up the slipcovers. If you’re a bit overwhelmed with the whole mismatched look, keep the chairs the same style and go for a fun table that’s different. You can’t go wrong with a bit of table flair. Secure a simple, elegant white look with wooden chairs or a rustic long table with patterns and coziness on the sides. Want to go for a relaxed, potluck vibe? Turn up the intimacy by adding a neat bench and ditching chairs on the opposite side. Your guests will appreciate the ease of movement and dose of friendliness.
To Round or Not to Round
We love when a table leads the way to one-on-one conversations. Longer tables are more regal with their own charm. But roundtables are intimate, space-friendly and offer a whole new set of pizzaz to chair designs. The gentle curvature of a circular table allows you to go for chairs with a bit more edge. We love pairing modern chairs with a simple table.
Pair it Up
Everything’s better in pairs. When you want to keep it cohesive, we recommend grabbing two chairs that are alike (ie: end chairs, two of the same style along the side). This way, it feels less like a mosaic of differing styles and more like a piece of art - cohesive, tasteful and easy to customize. Any opportunity we can get to play with color, pattern, texture and add interest to our dining experience, we are all in.
Are you as chair obsessed as we are? We knew it! Go out and lead with personality in your dining sets to make a statement.