Choosing the Right Chairs
Dining rooms and kitchens come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles. You may be working with a cozy breakfast nook, or with a grand dining room used only for special occasions.
Seating is usually one of the last items you choose to furnish your dining room, however, it's an immensely vital component. The dinner chairs you decide on can impact the look, style, and comfort of where you eat. Dining chairs can be used as accent pieces that exhibit contrasting looks and textures, or they can blend elegantly into the surrounding decor.
When choosing kitchen and dining room chairs, you need to consider a number of options. Will they be used regularly, or are they saved for special occasions? Do you want a dining room chair to be rugged, or upholstered?
At Lulu and Georgia, we’re here to solve these issues so that you can choose the dining room chairs that work best with how you want to use them.
In the Kitchen
Creating a beautiful atmosphere in your kitchen can be greatly enhanced by selecting the right kitchen chair.
Since our kitchens act as the heart of the house and see a lot of traffic throughout the day, we recommend choosing a wooden, rugged chair that can withstand daily use. The appeal of wood dining chairs is that they are built solidly and have natural longevity to them. With proper care and treatment, they can last the lifespan of your house.
Unlike more traditional at-home dining chairs that have delicate fabrics, kitchen chairs made entirely out of wood or upholstered with rugged fabrics can be easily maintained and cleaned. The best part is that well-constructed dining chairs can still be comfortable to use on a daily basis.
Look for seating that has a universal aesthetic, giving you the versatility to redesign your kitchen while keeping a homey feel.
For the Dining Room
Working with a dining room reserved specifically for eating allows you to create a design based on luxury. Selecting chairs for the dining room can be done with intentionality. Unlike kitchen chairs that need to be able to withstand frequent use, dining room chairs can be chosen to bring an air of formality.
The easiest way to bring in a touch of sophistication is to choose upholstery that adds a touch of color and texture to the surrounding furniture in the room. By bringing in delicately textured upholstered chairs for dining table seating, you can breathe life and color into the room.
If you enjoy gazing up at the stars while having an alfresco dinner, you need to have dining chairs that can withstand the elements. However, just because you’re choosing a sturdy chair doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice comfort and charm.
Outdoor chairs can maintain a sleek profile that allows comfortable seating for a gathering of friends while still being fashionable. You can highlight the beauty of being outside by choosing a natural material to compliment your surroundings, or you can bring a modern look to your rustic setting by adding a chair that contrasts the outdoor environment in a striking way.
Just because you're eating outdoors doesn't mean you have to sacrifice elegance in your seating design. Choose a dining arrangement based on outdoor furniture that reflects the charm and style of your interior aesthetic.
Working within the confines of a smaller space can make arranging several individual dining chairs cumbersome. To help mitigate the need to maneuver around these placements, you might want to consider bench seating.
Bench seating isn’t relegated to picnic tables. With the right material, you can maintain a classically stylish look without additional clutter. Incorporating a bench automatically gives your decor a hint of personality; it can add more seats while still keeping a modern feel.
Choosing the right dining chairs can alter the look and feel of your table. If you have a large table, a bench can make it feel intimate. If you choose distinguished dining room chairs, you can give the table a formal look. You can even mix and match the styles of the chairs as long as they have a unifying element among them. The common link can be anything from the color of the finish, leg design, or even the period. You also want to make sure that the chairs you pick can properly fit the size and scale of your table.
Dining chairs give you a chance to showcase your individuality with little touches of nuanced design. If you’re still looking for more ideas on how to best structure the room, consider browsing the examples featured in our shop by room gallery. Here you’ll see exactly how different tables and chairs can be combined to match the atmosphere you are looking for.