dining rooms

#CurrentlyCrushing: Mixing it up with Chairish (or "Life is Too Short for Matching Dining Chairs!")

Dining rooms can be tough. They are mainly composed of a table that is as large as will fit in the room, along with as many chairs that will fit at the table. We might not use them all the time, but it is so great having a dinner party and not having to bring out folding chairs!

Dining chairs can also be pricey, and that x 6, 8 or 10 can REALLY start to add up. Plus a sea of the same chair can start to feel a little boring. So why not mix it up and have a little fun with it? This was a question that the amazing vintage resource and online retailer, Chairish, asked...and I was all too happy to answer.

Below are three approaches to mixing up your chairs that I created while exploring the drool-worthy treasure trove of dining chairs on Chairish.

Same Style, Different Color

This plan keeps the shape, size, lines, etc. the same but plays with the color and/or material for a look that gives fun variety:

  1. Pink and Orange Eames Chairs on Eiffel Bases
  2. Multicolored Livia Chairs by Gio Ponti
  3. Panton Chairs by Vitra in Black + One White

Same Color, Different Style

Here, you can completely mix up the material, size, style, etc. but keep all in the same hue to create an eclectic look that still feels cohesive:

  1. 1970's Lucite Chairs + Vintage Lucite Z Chairs
  2. Vintage Thonet Anton Lorenz Chairs + Panton Chairs in Fuchsia
  3. Mid-Century Danish Teak Chairs + Black and Natural Wishbone Chairs

Wild Card!

Here, anything goes! This is a little more difficult to achieve, so I think keeping it to two or three different pieces is less overwhelming. If you stick to the same metal color or create a color palette with pattern and two solids, it helps the look be more cohesive.