Since your dining room is at the heart of home gatherings, dining chairs should be as comfortable as they are functional. Choose a chair profile that fits with the room size and also with the scale and style of your table. Large chairs will fill out a larger dining room but may seem clunky in a smaller dining room. Small chairs keep modest dining areas feeling airy but can be swallowed up by grander rooms. Think about the shape of your room as well. Is it tall? Are there any intriguing angles? Archways? Use your dining chair profiles to either echo or contrast with the architectural details of your dining room.
Of course, you'll also want to coordinate your dining chairs with other furnishings in the dining room, keeping the flooring and area rug in mind. Be sure to consider your family's lifestyle as well. If your decor is classic traditional, consider a tufted-back chair, wingback chair or parsons chair. If your dining room is modern, leather or metals make a bold statement. If farmhouse is your style, a ladder-back or spindle-back chair looks right at home.
Do you need a new chair or two to spruce up your existing dining room set? Try an accent chair. It will fill that empty corner in your dining room while offering an additional seat when needed. A stylish folding chair may be another option.
Dining chairs may be designed with wood, metal, leather and upholstery. Consider what materials are easier to clean - and what your family brings to the table! Wood, leather and metal may be wiped clean with a damp cloth, whereas upholstery, suede or microfiber require spot cleaning or cleaning with a steam vacuum.
A properly decorated dining room creates the perfect atmosphere for all your family dinners, candlelight suppers and special occasions. The right dining chairs are a great way to bring your family and guests together...as well as your home decor.