The Expert's Guide to Picking Out New Dining Chairs

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The right dining chair can transform your dining room into the stylish heart of your home. It can also help elevate an otherwise drab dining table into a work of art. But with so many options out there, how do you choose the best match for your home? 

When looking for dining chairs there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all is comfort. If you are a great host, your guests will be sitting in these chairs for several hours at a time, so you want them to be comfortable.

Mismatched dining room chairs

Source: Eye for Design

Second is style. This can be a bit tougher as you want enough style to create a room that feels put together but not so much that they are distracting. I have listed a few chairs here that cover a variety of styles. I actually like a few mismatched chairs at my table - it gives a more collected feel, but this is harder to pull off in a more formal environment.

Don’t ignore cost either. I have listed a chair here from Ikea that is only $59. That is a steal, but notice it is molded plastic which will have much more inherent strength than a chair that I am made to assemble myself.

Lastly in terms of longevity, the more expensive the chair, the more conservative I get on the look as well. Notice the Mitchell Gold chair - it is markedly more conservative than the Crate and Barrel alternative.

On that note, here are 5 dining room chairs worth pulling up to your dining table. 

Antiqued Grey Cane Side Chair - Great Rattan Dining Room Chair Option

1. Rustic Rattan

I love a great rattan chair, like this Antiqued Grey Cane Side Chair from Mecox. They are comfortable and always bring a bit of relaxed elegance to the table. Be careful of using too much rattan, however, unless you are planning to create a more tropical feel.

Elston Dining Arm Chair from Crate & Barrel - Great loft style dining chair option

2. Industrial Chic

There is something very retro and quirky about the Elston Dining Arm Chair from Crate & Barrel. I am always looking for furniture appropriate for a loft, and I think this chair is definitely that.

Bone Inlaid Chair from Wisteria - Great chair for mixing and matching

3. Bone Inlaid

Mismatched chairs at a table are one of my favorite tricks. It instantly gives your space a cool, collected vibe. If you want to go a step further, try matching your guests to a style! I like this Bone Inlaid Chair from Wisteria in particular because it's elegant but not formal, and it works well with a variety of other designs.

Lightweight modern yellow chairs from Ikea

4. Light & Modern

Ikea is simply one of the best sources for inexpensive dining chair options. Case in point, these Janinge Chairs. The molded plastic will be a little more long lasting I think, and what about that color?

Sidney Arm Chair - Contemporary dining chair

5. Classy Contemporary

For the more serious table, I think this Sidney Arm Chair from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams represents a lot of great style. It could go super traditional or in leather a bit more retro. The attention to detail I appreciate too, creating an arm low enough to go under the table.

So what do you think? Could you picture pulling one of these chairs up to your dining table?

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