Are you planning to add mismatched dining chairs to your home?
The project can seem quite daunting especially if you have no previous interior design experience and you don’t want to just pick some random chairs in the hope they will work together.
If you want to get it right on the first attempt, there are a few basic rules you can follow and success will be guaranteed.
We have listed these simple rules in this article, followed by a long list of over 35 ideas on how you can execute this.
Why Mismatched Dining Chairs?
For those who love design, getting chairs from different designers is just a cherry on top when it comes to furnishing a pretty and functional dining room.
For the rest of us, mixed dining chairs add a bit of visual interest to an otherwise pretty stale and basic room as the dining room tends to be. Every family member can have their designated favorite chair to use and when you get bored with the view, you can easily swap one or two chairs for a fresh new look!
Mismatched dining chairs also make your dining rooms immediately more stylish and interesting to a potential buyer, so bonus points on that front too!
And lastly, and most importantly – they just look so much better, and give you plenty of options if you can’t make up your mind about a particular shape, brand, or color of chairs for your home.
Mismatched Dinning Chairs: Basic Rules
No 1 – Best Used in Simple Rooms
Mismatched dining chairs work the best in simple rooms with not many prominent decor elements, to bring more character and interest to this room. If you add them to an already elaborate room, they will make it look overdone and very busy.
Mismatched dining chairs are a great cheap way to add color and style to your dining room without spending a fortune.
No 2 – Keep it Practical
Check the height of your table and choose chairs that will fit there comfortably. There is no point in having something very stylish if it’s not functional.
No 3 – Two Ways to Match
There are two simple ways to execute mismatched dining chairs and get it right – you either choose a variety of styles in similar or identical color, or use many different colors but the same or very similar chair style. The latter works great with some basic classic chairs.
If you stick to these two options you can’t go wrong.
Mixing materials for the chairs is something that should be approached carefully – it is an addition to a mix of colors and styles, it adds another layer of variation which is not always a good thing.
No 4 – If You Don’t Want to Commit
If you’re particularly worried about how this will turn out, you can start small. Just swap the two chairs at each end of the table and see how you feel about that. You can continuously keep replacing the other chairs until you’re comfortable with your selection.
No 5 – Play it Safe: Match in Pairs
To make your selection look more cohesive and well-executed, you can get your chairs in pairs. It will make the decision process a lot smoother and your oval dining table will instantly look elevated.
No 6 – If in Doubt, Copy What’s Already Working
If you’re not sure which direction to take, the easiest place to start is to look at inspiration online – such as our selection below – and simply replicate what you like and already work in your own home.
Mismatched Dining Chairs: Your Inspiration
Below is a list of some of the best examples we found online, where the trend of mixing dining chairs is executed to perfection.