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Decorating a home can be a fun and exciting process, but it can also be overwhelming. One of the things that many people struggle with is choosing the right furniture for their space.
A common question that comes up when choosing a dining set is, should dining chair legs match dining table legs?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Ultimately, the decision will depend on your style and the overall aesthetic of your room.
Current home interior design trends suggest matching chairs and tables are a thing of the past, but will the eclectic dining room look soon become passé, or is it here to stay?
Matching dining chair legs to your dining table legs
Our interior designers advise that a dining table and its chairs should be sisters and not twins; not identical but alike. It’s a good idea to use the style of your table as a guide. A mid-century design will be better suited to seats in a similar style, without completely matching it.
To elevate the look of your room, explore contrasting textures, finishes, and colours. Consider pairing a dark table like the Eyl Dining Table by Gallotti & Radice with light chairs, or vice versa. Or perhaps add plush Vertigo Fashion Dining Chairs to a metal table.
The general rule to keep in mind is that too much of the same material can feel overwhelming and tends to look uninspired. Varying elements, even subtle ones, are a great way to introduce depth and dimension to your decor.
Mix highly textured elements with contrasting flat pieces, for example. That being said, ensure that the difference between the two isn’t stark enough to make your final look seem disjointed. Equally, it shouldn’t be so subtle that the variation looks unintentional, or worse is unnoticeable
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Factors to consider in your dining room
First, consider the overall style of your dining room. If you have a more formal or traditional dining room, matching chair legs to the table can help create a cohesive and polished look. The same goes for if the pieces are ornate or highly detailed. On the other hand, if your dining room has a more modern or minimalist aesthetic, a mismatched look will work better.
Similar to style, matching the colour of your chair legs to the table is recommended if the general feel of your home is that of a classic aesthetic. This will tie the room together seamlessly.
However, if you have splashes of colour in different sections of the house, you will do well to carry them through to the dining area.
Designs like the Tate Color Dining Chair by Cappellini bring pops of bright hues that can transform the mood of the space into a more lively one. Turning to neutrals like a subtle green will speak to relaxation and calmness.
Should your dining chairs match?
If you have decided that you prefer the eclectic look, you might want to take it a step further and have mismatched chairs altogether!
The good news is that this is perfectly acceptable. When it comes to selecting your dining chairs there are three main options to choose from:
- a neat, sophisticated single-style dining chair
- a casual-looking, eclectic mishmash of different dining chair styles
- one style for the side chairs and another for the seats at the head of the table (for rectangular and oval-shaped dining tables).
Whilst it’s a lot of fun to mix and match chair patterns and shapes, make sure that there is one common thread that ties all the pieces together. This could be a colour, style, or texture.
If you plan on having head chairs that are different from the rest of the seats, ensure cohesion in either the finishes or upholstery so that the overall effect looks intentional.
How to choose the perfect dining chairs
Now that you have an idea of the style of chair you want to buy, these tips will ensure that your choice of dining chair will be the perfect one for your table and home.
A dining chair's height is important because it affects how comfortable the chair is to sit in.
As a general rule, there should be at least 25 cm of space between the bottom of the tabletop and the seat of the chair. This will allow for enough legroom and an ergonomic seating position.
Additionally, it's important to choose chairs that can be tucked under the table when not in use to save space and keep the room feeling open and uncluttered. Finally, for a cohesive look, make sure the back of each chair is at least two inches taller than the tabletop.
The width and depth of the chairs are just as important. Dining chairs should slide comfortably under the table with a couple of inches of space between them and without bumping into the table legs or base of a pedestal table.
If the dining chairs are too close, diners will feel uncomfortable and cramped.
Scale and composition
Apart from the legs, your chairs must also be compatible with the table in terms of their size.
Proportions can make or break the balance of a room so it’s important to pay attention to how your chosen chairs scale up to the table.
Finally, consideration should be put into the materials you choose for your chairs. Think about how they will be used and who will be using them.
If the chairs will be used daily or by children in a home with pets, it is best to choose a durable and easy-to-clean material such as wood, leather, washable cotton or linen, plastic, or acrylic.
Upholstered chairs in materials such as velvet or suede may be better suited for formal dining rooms that are only used on special occasions.
Ultimately, the decision on whether to match dining chair legs to dining table legs is a personal one. You will need to consider your style and the overall aesthetic of your home.
If you want to try a more eclectic interior but are unsure how to do so, chat with our design professionals who will help you find the perfect furniture items for your decor scheme.
Browse our extensive collection of luxury dining tables and modern dining chairs for inspiration, or take a look at some of our completed interior design projects for ideas.
We believe your home should be unique and interesting, so we encourage you to approach your interiors with an open mind. Visit our showroom to see some dining sets up close or get in touch for a chat with our expert team.