Bring personality to your dining room by mixing and matching chairs

 

Mismatched dining chairs

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Who says your dining chairs have to match? While it’s perfectly okay to purchase a dining table and chairs as a set, you could be missing an opportunity to create a unique look for your space. Mixing and matching chairs allows you to add some fun and personality to your dining room, which is especially useful if you don’t have a lot of space to decorate.

Keep in mind as you mix chairs that there still needs to be a unifying element tying them together. Here are four unifying characteristics to consider:

Color

Even if every chair around your table consists of a different design, the overall look will still appear put together and intentional if they all feature the same color. It may be difficult to find chairs that all have the exact same shade, but you can always paint them if the chairs aren’t upholstered.

Mismatched blue dining chairs

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Material 

Just like with color, you can place different chairs in the dining room that are made up of the same material, such as wood, to create a unique, cohesive look. You don’t even have to use just chairs. Consider placing a bench on one or more sides of the table and let guests be impressed by your creativity.

Mismatched wood dining chairs

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Patterns

If you prefer upholstered chairs, look for different chairs that feature the same pattern. For example, if you like stripes, you can surround your table with chairs that all have the same striped pattern. Or you can mix striped chairs with chairs that have no pattern at all to keep the look from appearing too busy overall.

Mismatched upholstered chairs featuring the same pattern

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Style

Every decorating style consists of unique elements, so use those elements to mix and match your dining chairs. For a traditional dining room, you can use the style’s characteristics – such as detailed carvings and dark wood tones – to find unity among your chairs. If you have a modern dining room, seek out chairs that are simple and sleek.

Modern mismatched chairs

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If your dining room is lacking the excitement you would like, have some fun mixing and matching dining chairs to create visual interest. With a quirky setup, you’ll never have to worry about your style being bland or predictable!

By Wendy Weinert

 

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

Choosing a decorating style is not something to rush or consider lightly. Every purchase you make while selecting furniture and décor has to reflect the style you choose, and you don’t want to start questioning your decision halfway through the decorating process. Before you start furnishing your home, use our guide to narrow down your unique decorating style and feel confident in your final decision.

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

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Your style is Rustic if…

You’d rather live outdoors if you could and you tend to choose natural colors and materials over others. The simpler things in life make you the happiest, and you’ve never once been accused of being to be too “over the top.”

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

Your style is Eclectic if…

Your goal in life is to have as many interesting experiences as possible. Breaking the rules has never been an issue, and you prefer buying clothes at yard sales or thrift shops where you can find unique items. Most importantly, you hate being too matchy-matchy.

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

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Your style is Coastal if…

A simple and clean space makes you feel the most relaxed. You love the color white, and an ideal vacation is obviously somewhere near the ocean. The good news is: even if you don’t live anywhere near the water, you can still create a coastal-style home.

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

Your style is Transitional if…

You’re never one extreme or the other and you prefer to be somewhere always in the middle. The transitional style is a mixture of contemporary and traditional that allows you to enjoy a home that is never neither too fussy nor too bold. For you, the transitional look is just right.

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

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Your style is Contemporary if…

Frills and clutter are the absolute worst. You like abstract works of art or bright, bold graphics. If you like open spaces and to always keep things simple, the contemporary style is perfect for you.

So what’s your decorating style? Let your personality help you decide.

By Wendy Weinert

 

How to pull off an eclectic look in your space

How to pull of an eclectic look in your space

Going eclectic is a great idea if you’ve collected an assortment of stylish furniture and decorative accessories over the years. While mixing styles is encouraged in the eclectic style though, it’s not a look where you can simply throw pieces together without some consideration. Here are three tips to keep in mind when designing an eclectic space:

How to pull of an eclectic look in your space

1. Achieve the right mix of styles

To keep the room from appearing too chaotic, narrow your focus down to just three or four styles and avoid letting one style dominate the space. If you’re trying to create an eclectic room but are using mostly modern furniture, the remaining styles will look as though they don’t belong. Make sure there is a balance among the different styles so guests aren’t confused upon entering the room.

How to pull of an eclectic look in your space

2. Don’t fear accessories

In some styles, the overuse of accessories is considered a big no-no. This is not the case for eclectic homes, where filling your space with decorative accessories is actually encouraged. So rather than feature just one work of art you admire, hang up a group of four or five pieces of artwork together.

How to pull of an eclectic look in your space

3. Find ways to tie the look together

Unity is the key to designing an eclectic space. Without unity, your room will come off as being random and not put-together. To make sense of the mixture of styles, it’s important to tie the look together through colors and shapes. So if you have a red table in the room, look for ways to add that same color red throughout the room, even if it’s something small like a flower vase.

Eclectic style homes might be hard to pull off, but when done correctly, the look is often cozy and intriguing. Try putting together an eclectic room in your home and let guests be impressed by your skillful interior design skills!

By Wendy Weinert