Searching for furniture and homewares can become an obsession and there are always new and exciting offerings to provide inspiration. On the top of my ‘most wanted’ list at the moment are new dining chairs. There are many on the market that look great and as many of today’s homes feature open plan living, they have to be aesthetically pleasing while tying in with the style and colour pallet of your home. It’s hard to pick a chair on looks alone though; being a functional piece you have to ensure they are comfortable and practical.
Firstly take a good look at your table, assess its height and take into consideration its base as it will affect the style of chairs you choose. Most dining chairs have a seating height between 420mm to 460mm while tables vary in height from 700mm to 760mm. As a general rule, you should have around 300mm between the tabletop and your chair.
Many of the current on trend dining chairs don’t offer great deal of comfort which is exactly what we need when entertaining friends and family. Sitting on a hard, flat piece of wood is hardly inviting, therefore a somewhat moulded chair will provide a nicer surface to sit on especially if constructed from shapely plastic, plywood or better still upholstery. If you don’t wish to worry about spills and stains, look for upholstery such as leather or a commercial grade fabric.
For the past few years, many have been offsetting their dining table with contrasting chairs, or even a group of individual chairs. Keep in mind that matching wooden tones is very difficult; therefore if your table is made from timber, look for a partly metal dining chair or one which features a completely opposing stain. So many things to think about....
Photo Inspo: Left to right
- ‘Cleo Chair’ from Globe West
- West Elm ‘Leather Slope’ Dining Chair
- Thonet Australia ‘No.18 Thonet’ - Image by Brooke Holm
Interior Stylist Cassie Thomson lets you in on the trade secrets, tips and trends of the HOME.