Designing the dining room has been fun for me over the last few weeks especially because I loved the room before we even did anything. The high ceilings, bay window and built-in china cabinet came with the space and are little fun bonuses I can’t wait to work with. As I mentioned before, we’re adding some crown molding, a set of wine shelves and I’m excited to use a zinc dining room table, but the fun won’t stop there. I also plan to add mismatched antique chairs for a bit of unexpected whimsy.
Mismatched chairs have long been a favorite design element of mine, especially in dining rooms. Having a table with six to twelve of the same style chair around it can be a bit monotonous, so why not change it up? Add a little variety to your dining space and make it more festive instead of formal. Apparently I’m not alone in thinking that more styles = more fun.
Painting all the chairs the same color will help you keep things in control and will present a semi-unified look as opposed to a more random one.
If you don’t want to fully commit to a mis-matched look try only switching out the host and hostess chairs at the heads of the table.
Good rule of thumb: keep all the chairs the same visual ‘weight.’ This means they should be about the same height and size and possibly be similar styles.
Mismatched dining room chairs can be paired with almost any design style. Depending on how mismatched you go, this look can be casual or formal – elegant or fun, but it’s always eye-catching.
There are a lot of reasons to love this look: it is comfortable and lively, and you don’t have to buy eight of the really expensive chair you love. Maybe just one. I mean…you know what they say, variety is the spice of life!