HOW TO // MODERN DINING ROOM TABLE + CHAIR PAIRINGS
Mixing + matching dining room tables and chairs is one of my favorite things to do! Please, please, please (is that enough?) do not purchase those boring matched sets from big box stores! Instead, invest your time + money into creating a more dynamic dining room situation. Take a look at your Pinterest or Houzz boards and I bet you will find that a tiny portion of those photos have matching sets in them, dining room or otherwise. Honestly, who wants to walk down the street and see the exact same setup as your neighbor? No thanks! Mixing the styles and finishes of your dining room furniture immediately gives you decorating street cred and is a lot easier than you think - it could be as simple as pairing a white table with black chairs! Don't worry about matching finishings exactly (or even too closely) because the different materials and textures are what creates interest in the room. To give you lovely readers a jump start when choosing furniture, I have laid out table and chair pairings in three different styles - Modern Casual, Modern Eclectic and Modern Glam. If you are just getting into the mix + match game I would suggest keeping all of your dining chairs the same. If you are feeling saucy and want to step it up, try choosing a different style for the head chairs.
MODERN CASUAL DINING ROOM
The Modern Casual dining room is all about using clean lines, neutral textures and a variety of wood tones. This table + chair selection could lean toward Mid-Century, Global or Rustic style depending on the other pieces you have in the room. Bring in a rattan pendant if you want a more boho/global vibe or use a cowhide under the table for a more masculine/rustic look. A white pedestal or tulip table is super versatile and is something you will be able to keep as your style changes and evolves down the road. The top can be metal, concrete, marble or wood - it really depends on your lifestyle and budget!
MODERN ECLECTIC DINING ROOM
The Modern Eclectic dining room is all about mixing styles and finishes. The definition of eclectic literally means taking ideas and styles from a broad and diverse range of sources, so if you ever have trouble narrowing down your focus or liking alllll of the things, more often than not you are an eclectic at heart. This natural wood table is the perfect base for mixing styles - it is simple enough to work for a minimalist but also has a beautiful structured contemporary feel. You can pair it with black lacquered chairs for a touch of glam or a funky patterned chair for a more bohemian feel.
MODERN GLAM DINING ROOM
The Modern Glam dining room uses lush fabrics, curves and bold finishes. Lacquer, acrylic, brass, chrome, burl wood and velvet are staples in a glam interior. This acrylic and brass dining table is very clean and modern making it perfect to pair with a few sexy chairs. If you have an angular table like this one from CB2 I suggest softening the hard lines by bringing in a curved silhouette in the chair.
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