As a designer, I often get asked the question: “Do dining chairs have to match the table?” The short answer is no, they do not. While it is traditional to match dining chairs to the table, there is no hard and fast rule that says you have to do so. In fact, done in the right way, mixing and matching dining chairs will most definitely add personality and interest to your dining room.
The Argument for Do Dining Chairs Have to Match the Table?
Some say that dining chairs should match the table — they argue that a mismatched set of chairs creates a chaotic and disorganized atmosphere, one that is anathema to the civilized ritual of dining.
And I get it, the mismatched look is not for everyone. A matching set of dining table and chairs certainly can create a cohesive and coordinated look in the dining room. It can help to create a sense of harmony and balance in the space and can make the room feel more polished and put-together.
So for those who prefer a more formal or traditional aesthetic, matching table and chairs is really the way to go.
The Argument Against Do Dining Chairs Have to Match the Table?
Other people believe that mismatched dining chairs can add character and uniqueness to a dining room, as well as create a more relaxed and informal atmosphere.
Personally, I say allow the chairs to be free to express their own unique individuality. Dining chairs should be like rockstars at a dinner party: unpredictable, wild, and ready to stir up some trouble.
Of course, this is just my opinion. You might have a different perspective, and that’s okay.
The Decision to Match or Mismatch Dining Chairs to Table
Unsure which side of the interior design fence you are on?
While there is no hard and fast rule that dictates whether or not dining chairs should match the table, in order to get the right look for your space, you really need to decide on the overall style and vibe you want to create.
Do you have a more formal, traditional space? Then matching chairs might be more fitting. On the other hand, if you have a more casual, modern dining room, mismatched chairs, and table would be the icing on the style cake. And here are two scenarios where mismatched table and chairs would totally work:
- If you have a table with a traditional style, pairing it with vintage antique, or modern dining chairs can create an interesting contrast and give your dining room a more eclectic look.
- If you have a particularly unique or eye-catching set of dining chairs, you might want to let them stand out by not matching them to the table.
But before you jump right in, first take a moment to also consider the size and scale of your chairs in relation to the table. If your chairs are significantly larger or smaller than the table, it may be best to match them in order to create a cohesive look. However, if the size difference is not too extreme, mismatched chairs should work.
If you want to upstyle an existing table and give it a new lease of life with some new fabulous and unique chairs, or if your table is on its last legs (literally) here are some places to find unique pieces to complete your set:
5 Places to Find Vintage or Unique Dining Chairs
There are many places where you can find vintage or unique dining chairs. Here are a few ideas:
- Thrift stores and consignment shops: These types of stores often have a wide variety of furniture, including dining chairs. You may have to do some digging, but you may be able to find a hidden gem.
- Estate sales and garage sales: Keep an eye out for estate sales and garage sales in your area. These types of sales often have furniture that is being sold by people who are downsizing or moving.
- Online marketplaces: There are many online marketplaces where you can find vintage and unique dining chairs. Some options include Etsy, eBay, and Chairish.
- Antique stores: Antique stores often have a selection of vintage dining chairs. These can be a little pricier, but the chairs are usually in excellent condition.
- Furniture restoration companies: If you’re looking for a specific style of dining chair, you may be able to find it at a furniture restoration company. These businesses often have a selection of vintage and antique furniture that has been restored.
Remember to always inspect the chairs carefully before making a purchase to ensure that they are in good condition and worth the investment.
Ultimately, the decision to match or mismatch your dining chairs is a personal one. It all comes down to your own style and what you feel comfortable with. But don’t be afraid to mix and match – it can be a fun and creative way to update your dining room.
In a world where everything seems to be going to hell in a handbasket, it’s nice to have some things that we can count on. And yet, when it comes to dining chairs, it seems like there are no hard and fast rules. In the end, it’s up to you to decide whether your dining chairs should match your table or not. Just remember: life is too short to be boring, so let those chairs be free to be themselves.