16.11.2023 - 12:55 / thespruce.com
Mixing and matching chairs is a classic understated design choice. However, getting the look yourself might pose a challenge. That's because the trick is combining differently designed chairs that complement each other without clashing.
We reached out to expert designers to gather their tips on how to mix and match dining chairs in ways that make sense visually, while not overwhelming a space. Read on for their advice for combining a range of dining chair styles.
Mixing and matching different chair frames or styles works if you can also use the same material, like wood, finished in different stains or paints.
Shawn Zaripov, a furniture expert at Superior Seating, says he prefers to go for items that are cohesive but aren't too matchy. To achieve this, he will often opt for X-back chairs because they bring warmth to a room with their neat lines and comforting presence. He will then pair them with a simple side chair in the same wood finish to achieve a continued look.
“The idea is to mix shapes and details but stay in the same color family, so the space feels like it’s been put together thoughtfully, without looking too planned out," Zaripov says. Many of his wood dining chairs are often finished or painted a separate color to offer a touch of variety to the scene.
Another easy way to mix and match chairs is to avoid using too much color and instead highlight simple yet refined materials. Artem Kropovinsky, an interior design expert and founder of Arsight, combines chairs made from warm oak and others made from sleek stainless steel. Mixing the two materials creates an unexpectedly charming space.
Design by Artem Kropovinsky / Photo by Arsight
“This combination of materials taps into two worlds:
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