Mix & Match Dining Chairs doesn’t have to be intimidating….
and while we love a set of matching dining chairs, mixing two styles can bring so much dimension (and even function) into a dining space.
We’ve mixed and matched dining chairs in our projects quite a bit over the years, and although there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach, there are a few “rules of thumb” that make the process a breeze.
Mix & Match Dining Chairs anything is all about creating an element of consistency in your pairings, whether that’s style, shape, material, or even texture.
Here are 6 of our favorite ways to mix & match dining chairs:
No. 1: Alternate your armchairs
In The McGee Home, we did one of our favorite mixed-and-matched dining chair combinations with alternate armchairs. This look works because although the styles and materials are different, both chairs have a curved-back element, pulling the space together.
MCGEE & COLaurie Chair MCGEE & COEloise Woven Chair
No. 2: Incorporate a bench (or two)
Another fool-proof way to mix and match dining seating is by incorporating a bench (or two!). Bench seating is great because it’s comfortable, relaxed, and allows for more flexible seating when you have more dinner guests than expected.
From our Home on The RanchSHOPTARGETSimilar: Lynwood Cube BenchSHOPSHOPMCGEE & COSimilar: Ina Chair
From our SM Ranch HouseSHOPMCGEE & COSimilar: Hadden ChairSHOPSHOPMCGEE & COSimilar: Solomon Bench
No. 3: Use similar material tones
In our Calabasas remodel, we mixed and matched the chairs in the dining space with wooden upholstered chairs in the center and two woven armchairs on the ends. Although the styles are distinctive, the curved shape and similar wood tones pull the look together.
SHOPMCGEE & COSimilar: Odelle ChairSHOPSHOPMCGEE & COCatriona Chair
No. 4: Match style mix material
Even if you want to stick to a specific style, you can still create a mixed and matched dining look by mixing materials. In the two below examples, we went for a more traditional look with classic dining chair silhouettes and mixed materials on the armchairs for more dimension. Shop River Heights Slipcover Accent Chair – Threshold™ designed with Studio McGee, 2pk Linden Modified Wind
From our Threshold x Studio McGee CollectionSHOPTARGETRiver Heights Slipcover Accent ChairSHOPSHOPTARGET2pk Linden Modified Windsor Wood Dining Chair
From our Open & Airy Netflix Kitchen RemodelSHOPMCGEE & COSimilar: Catriona ChairSHOPSHOPMCGEE & COSimilar: Kiernan Leather Chair
No. 5: Go texture heavy
In our Cove Remodel, we incorporated two different chairs in separate tones and styles with a common element of woven texture. Matching textures is a great way to make a space feel interesting and dimensional but still pulled together.