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Chair Options for the Dining Room

Don’t tell anyone, but I am committing a huge decorating sin in my dining room. I have a dining room set that has a table with matching chairs and a buffet! This of course is a major decorating faux pas—as we all know, we should avoid sets of furniture, because it is more visually interesting to have everything unmatched.

I actually like our matching antique dining room set. I am a traditionalist and feel that it works well in a historic apartment. That being said, I do think mixing up the set would yield a more appealing and interesting look. An easy and relatively inexpensive way to do this would be either to change out the matching end chairs for a pair of new host chairs or to keep all the existing chairs and have custom slip covers made for them.

Here is what our dining room looks like today:


Below are photos that I am using for new seating inspiration:

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Traditional Home

I love everything about the end chairs above—the color, shape, and box pleating. I think they would be a perfect addition. I would keep the existing side chairs as they are.

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At Home in Arkansas

In the set-up shown above, I like the look of wing chairs used as host chairs. I am not sure, though, that we have enough space in our dining room for such large chairs.

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Southern Living

I also like the idea of having custom slip covers made for all our existing chairs like the ones above. The box pleats add a pretty, feminine touch. I like the light, neutral color as I think it would brighten up the space. I would want to use a treated or an outdoor fabric like Sunbrella for durability.

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Southern Living

These gingham custom slip covers would work well too. The chairs seem similar to ours, so I think the covers would work perfectly. I like the short skirts and exposed wooden legs as opposed to skirts that are floor length.

Mark D. Sikes (header image as well)

More pretty gingham slip covers in the above photo.

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John De Bastiani

The tailored side chair slip covers, above, look nice. I would have to use a different color though—maybe a light celadon green would add a good burst of color.

The next step will be for me to start sourcing and pricing these items. If anyone has a good recommendation for a reasonably priced upholsterer I would appreciate it. If I go the slip cover route, the covers will be removable, so I could have someone make them anywhere and ship them.

I noticed that Ballard Designs has some good-looking end chairs. I have my eye on this one, which comes in a myriad of fabric choices. I also liked this less expensive custom option at Home Decorators Collection, as well as this one.

While I like coming up with ideas, I am not one to jump into things precipitously, so I am sure it will be a while before I actually make any changes to our dining room set!

Which option do you think would look best?

10 thoughts on “Chair Options for the Dining Room

  1. I love your dining room suite. I think the Traditional Home says you and looks beautiful. The gingham slip covers would be a fun way to change out your spring/summer/fall look. Overall, I love the first picture the most! (blueandwhitehome). Robin


  2. I love the traditional furniture you already have, but I think the idea of having different host chairs, like the Traditional Homes ones, would be lovely, in a celadon green/duck egg blue. Then maybe you could just keep the other chairs as they are or simply reupholster the seat pads of the existing chairs to coordinate? Lovely bright room though, I don’t think you can go too wrong! 😉

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  3. I LOVE your dining chairs! I think changing out the host chairs would really add some flare to your space. If you are a serial re-decorator like me, you could always change out the seats to whatever is inspiring you at the time. I see a shirt and I get inspired haha, I have a problem.. Can’t wait to see what you decide to do!


  4. I really love your current dining room! My mom has 2 floral slipcovers on her host chairs and the rest are the regular wood -that is a fun look too. I’ve been thinking about painting my chairs white and leaving the table brown. But my husband says – Don’t ruin those chairs – so that makes me question it. Can’t wait to see what you do!

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