By Patrick Slater
Are your dining room chairs looking a little tired? Does your dining room contrast, rather than complement, your kitchen furniture? How about the rest of your house or apartment? Sometimes a few new dining room chairs can bring everything together in to a more cohesive whole.
Today you’ve got literally thousands of options when it comes to replacing your dining room chairs. Upholstered chairs, wood chairs, Parson’s chairs, or basic models with chair covers are all options. Take a look at your dining room to get an idea of how new chairs could instantly update your space.
Is your dining room used in the traditional, formal style? Is this the place you entertain and have sit-down meals? Look at chairs with a more formal design, perhaps made of wood with well-upholstered seats. The wood might be darker, with carving or some other design to accent the piece. The seat should be well padded with high-quality upholstery fabric.
Perhaps you like to entertain in your dining room, but have a less formal style. Look for contemporary styles with a little less embellishment and smoother lines. They’ll fit better with a variety of decorating schemes, and your guest will get the subliminal message that the shared company, as well as the food, are important to your entertaining plan.
Contemporary styles can be constructed from wood as well as various metals. They can be stained or painted, with cushions or without. You can even buy unfinished chairs if you’re looking for something unique. Perhaps you want an unusual stain or you’d like to put your own artistic impression on your new chairs. Look for a style of unfinished chair that blends well with the rest of your home or apartment, and then make it your own with the stain or paint you choose.
Parson’s chairs are a favorite, versatile type of chair because they can be used plain, or with a slipcover. Skirted or slipcovered parson’s chairs can be changed as your needs change. Have a formal dinner coming up? You can buy chair covers or skirts that match your gorgeous brocade tablecloth.
If you have an informal dinner with a few friends scheduled, remove the skirts or covers, or replace them with something lighter and more colorful.
Remember that dining room chairs typically come in styles either with or without arms. Consider your space concerns and, again, how formally you use the space. Chairs with arms will take up more room than chairs without. You may wish to place the dining room chairs with arms at either end of your table, with the chairs without arms in between.
And if you think your modern or retro styles make finding dining room chairs difficult, think again. Modern styles with their slim, sleek lines complement almost every style of table. They also lend themselves very well to slipcovers, skirts, or other decoration to complement your dining theme. The minimalist style of modern furniture means the emphasis for your gathering will be on the food, conversation, and guests, rather than the furniture.
New dining room chairs can revitalize your interior and your entertaining. They’re a very cost-effective investment in your interior space.