We believe home design should be stylish and distinctive. The wrapped spindle back on a Windsor-style chair or the velvet upholstery on a streamlined frame are elements that help elevate a space, making it personalized to you. At Lulu and Georgia, our well-designed and thoughtfully-curated collection of dining room chairs are perfect for your dining room, offering both elevated style and individual personality.
Seating is usually one of the last items you choose to furnish your dining room, but it's a hugely important part. 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, but they can also blend elegantly into the surrounding decor. You can even mix and match the styles of the chairs as long as they have a unifying element among them.
Not sure what style of dining room chairs to choose for your home? Don’t worry, we have you covered. Check out a few tips below.
Consider Your Space
Dining rooms and kitchens come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles. You may be working with a cozy breakfast nook, an open-concept living and dining space, or a grand dining room—featuring a piece like the Sun at Six Crest Dining Table, with its oak slab top and sculptural base—used only for special occasions.
Kitchen and dining room chairs often serve as the finishing touch in that space, complementing other décor elements in a room together with their style, color, and design details. Bring in a chair with a neutral-hued fabric seat and back for a muted accent. For vintage-inspired style, pick Shaker-style dining seats in a sleek black oak finish—they are versatile enough to pair back to a modern table. Or, evolve your tablescape by choosing an upscale, fully-upholstered chair for the dining room featuring a lot of texture and in your choice of rich colors.
When choosing chairs for a dining table, you need to consider several options. Will they be used regularly, or are they saved for special occasions? Do you want a dining room chair to be fully-upholstered for a modern touch or featuring an all-wooden frame for its rustic quality? We’re here to solve these issues so that you can choose the dining 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 chairs. Since our kitchens act as the heart of the house and see a lot of traffic throughout the day, we recommend choosing a wooden chair that can withstand daily use. The appeal of wood dining chairs is that they are built solidly and have natural longevity to them.
Unlike more traditional dining room chairs that feature more luxe upholstery, kitchen dining chairs made entirely out of wood or upholstered with durable fabrics can be easily maintained and cleaned. The best part is that well-constructed chairs for the dining table can still be comfortable to use daily while adding a bit of rustic-chic style. Look for seating with a universal aesthetic, like the Lawnie Dining Chair in a black oak wood finish, giving you the versatility to redesign your kitchen while keeping a homey feel.
For the Dining Room
Having a home with a dining room reserved for your everyday dining rituals allows you to play with decor styles and create a distinct ambiance in that space. You can choose to go more luxe or laid-back, and selecting chairs for the dining room can be done with intentionality.
The easiest way to bring in a touch of sophistication to your dining room is to add upholstered dining chairs. Doing so adds color and texture which is meant to complement or contrast the table and surrounding furniture in the room. Neutral fabrics add warmth and allow other details to be the focal point—like a woven cane back or the stylish wood-grain of a chair's legs. Or you can breathe life and add a vibrant pop by layering in dining seats in rich color palettes, like the Pomona Dining Chair in either earthy terracotta or moody navy blue.
For a more laid-back approach, try mixing and matching styles. Think upholstered armchairs being paired with streamlined side chairs. The common link can be anything from the color of the finish, leg design, or even the vintage style they are inspired by. Integrating different styles gives your dining table an eclectic look and adds your personal touch.
Bench seating is a way to pair style with functionality. If you have a large table, a bench can make it feel intimate. With the right material, you can maintain a classically stylish look without additional clutter. Incorporating a bench seat instantly gives your decor a hint of personality—it can add more seats while still keeping a modern feel. We love the idea of pairing dining room chairs with benches. If you choose refined dining room chairs, you can give the table a formal look.
When it comes to working in a smaller space, arranging several individual dining chairs can be cumbersome. To help mitigate the need to maneuver around these placements, you might want to consider bench seating. You also may want to confirm that the chairs can properly fit with the size and scale of your table.
We recognize that for a lot of customers, a defined dining space isn't possible. Whether in apartments with just enough room for a counter-height table and stool seating or if your dining table serves double-duty as your working space, we have options that fit your style and space.
For those with kitchen island seating or a counter-height table, the Svetta Counter Stool features a curved, upholstered seat that can easily stow away under the table when not in use. In an inviting neutral palette, it adds a clean-lined and tailored look to your small space.
Alfresco Dining and Entertaining
If you enjoy gazing up at the stars while eating dinner outside, then you will need dining chairs that can withstand the elements. However, just because you’re choosing sturdy chairs for the dining table, that doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice comfort and style.
Just as with an indoor chair, dining seats meant for outdoor spaces can maintain a balance between an eye-catching look and a comfortable seat for a gathering of friends. For instance, our Manila Indoor / Outdoor Dining Chair features a cozy scoop seat design wrapped in a richly-textured wicker weave for a fresh and airy piece to partner with an outdoor dining table. It does the work of highlighting the beauty of being outside with its use of natural materials to compliment your surroundings. Or you can bring a modern look to your rustic setting by adding a chair that strikingly contrasts the outdoor environment.
Just because you're eating outdoors doesn't mean you have to sacrifice elegance in your seating design. View and shop our outdoor furniture collection to choose a dining set-up that reflects your interior home decor aesthetic.
When you shop online for kitchen and dining room chairs at Lulu and Georgia, you’ll find pieces that will complement the style of your dining space, but also make it feel more elevated. Dining seats give you a chance to showcase your individuality with little touches of nuanced design. Whether you are looking to find beautiful armchairs to sit at each end of a large dining table or streamlined pieces for a small bistro table, we have a selection curated by design style, upholstery, and sizes to choose from. Check out our Dining Room Shop by Room page for more ideas on how to create stylish everyday dining spaces.