How Mismatched Dining Chairs Became Acceptable

In the world of interior design, beautiful doesn’t have to be perfect. When it comes to dining room decor, it’s possible to have an inviting, charming room without a specific style or scheme in mind. In fact, carefully chosen mismatched chairs can be a fun, affordable choice for the dining room table.

In our parents’ and grandparents’ days, interior design often came with defined looks such as French Country or Colonial or contemporary. Each of these styles had specific “rules” about line and color and proportion. These rules provided a beautiful sense of continuity in a room that followed these “rules”. Once furniture was purchased and arranged, the homeowners often had to live with it for years. The “rules” had a downside: they were often too formal and created colder, less inviting rooms.

 

Country French Style Dining Table

Country French Style Dining Table

 

But now, modern homeowners and design lovers are bending those rules to fit their personal style and their pocketbooks. Buyers everywhere are riskier in their choices with color, proportion, continuity and arrangement. In the dining room, some are so daring as to forego the traditional dining room set for mismatched chairs around a dining room table. Today the main focus of interior design, in dining rooms, as well as every room of the house, is now about individual tastes and comfort rather than dictated style choices.

 

Mismatched Colorful Dining Set

Mismatched Colorful Dining Set

 
Are mismatched chairs for you? How do you choose dining room furniture without them looking like an afterthought? How can your dining room be a fun, elegant place to eat without looking like a bachelor pad or dorm room?

Think continuity. As long as the chairs around your table are similar either in color, proportion, line or style, then they will work well together. If all of the chairs were painted the same color or stained in the same finish, their continuity would create a neat look. Chairs with similar curves of the back or chairs with variations, say, upright Colonials, have similarities that create unity and warmth. Look at design magazines for dining rooms and notice how the mismatched chairs always have a similar element that makes them look like a set when they aren’t.

 

Mismatched Wooden Dining Set

Mismatched Wooden Dining Set

 

 
Consider the common element of the table. A wood dining table, one with a clean line, works well with nearly every kind of dining chair. If you must, hide the fancy Queen Anne legs with a long tablecloth or repaint the top to compliment the paint of the chairs.

Worried about it being too informal for those big holiday meals? Use your accessories, such as a fine table cloth, candles and an elegant centerpiece to bring more posh dignity to the room.

 

 

Elegant Mismatched Dining Set

Elegant Mismatched Dining Set

 

Remember: if you have doubts about how well chairs match your table, go with your gut.

Also remember that choosing mismatched chairs can also be an affordable alternative to reupholstering or replacing luxury dining chairs and will do in a pinch if you’re unable to replace a damaged chair right away.

Today’s eclectic styles allow you the freedom to do anything. Your flea market find could pair well with heirlooms. Your hand-me-downs, painted in a bold color, can add youthful whimsy to a room. When it comes to dining chairs, don’t be afraid to break the rules. Have fun. Remember to look for continuity. Your dining room and your home can be beautiful.

Mismatched Dining Set

Mismatched Dining Set