Stunning Dining Chairs to Match Your Table
By Philippa Baker, 12th September, 2014
It may be you already have a table and are after some chairs to match. Or perhaps you’re looking for both, but want more flexibility than a set offers. If putting together your own combination, we hope this handy article will help guide you in what to look for when pairing the two. Why is it important that they match? When done correctly, complementary furniture exudes a harmonious look that can enhance its surroundings and bring a room to life. Conversely, clashing styles or conflicting finishes can be distracting and off-putting.
First and foremost, you should match your furniture to the overall look of the room as whole. Once you’ve established the style, you should then choose a table and chairs with corresponding appearance. For example pair modern with modern, and traditional with traditional.
The Soho Round Dining Table Walnut and Evelyn Chair Walnut & Black, featured below, are a great example of a successful match. Both exhibit trendy transitional style, their pairing of rich walnut finished wood with sleek polished chrome stylishly marries old and new with undeniable sucess.
Conversely, the Giovanni paired with the Carlo is an unsuccessful combination due to the dramatic difference in style. Whilst the dark wood and ornate shape of the Carlo displays a classical aesthetic, the Giovanni is a modern model with light and airy vibe. Whilst both are stylish designs, they’re incompatible when placed together.
Matching Frame Finish
For a visually pleasing and unified look, we would also recommend you select the same material or finish across your furniture, as well as in your interior as a whole. For example, choose similar shades of wood; oak kitchen cabinets with oak chairs, and likewise walnut cupboards with a walnut table. The same is true with metallic surfaces; pair brushed steel appliances with brushed steel chair frames, and chrome kitchen fittings with chrome framed furniture.
This is modelled by the Helsinki and Mica, pictured below, a delightful duo that work well together due to their elegant brushed steel frames. With similar tubular legs, they enhance one another for a compatible and contemporary look.
On the other hand, the different frame finish on the Soho and Chatsworth mean when combined they will clash. The Chatsworth’s walnut finish is too dark and rich for the Soho’s shining chrome column, and hence they can look somewhat imbalanced when placed together.
For a cool coordinated aesthetic, where possible you should also look to match the colour and seat material of your chosen chair with the colour and surface finish of your table-top. A perfect pairing would be the Soho and the Candy due to their corresponding black satin finished wooden seat and table-top. However, if you would prefer a padded option then another chrome framed model with a black faux leather seat would also be a good fit, such as the Melton Dining Chair Black.
Corresponding shape is another factor to bear in mind when looking for a uniform and consistent looking interior. Round pedestal or central column tables will enhance tubular central column chairs, and vice versa conventional square or rectangular four-legged tables are ideal with four-legged chairs. A prime example is the Becky and Macy. Both are supported by smooth cylindrical single stems which, when paired together, produces a magnificently modern aesthetic.
In contrast, whilst the Giovanni and the Sofi, seen below, both have four-legged frames, they will clash slightly due to their dissimilar forms. Not only does the Giovanni possess a glass rectangular table-top, but the cross shaped chrome legs are stylishly slimline which lend a lighter and more modern look. Conversely, the conventional four legs of the Sofi are more generous in width and give a visually heavier and more substantial presence. Used together, they could create a rather asymmetrical appearance.
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