Take a seat!
An easy way to spruce up your dining room is by acquiring new dining chairs; before you do let me tell you what you need to consider.
The proportions of the dining room or area must be congruent with the size and dimensions of the dining table and consequently the dining chairs.
- Size – measure your dining table and figure out how wide the chairs should be to fit under it, leaving some space either side. Also remember certain aspects such as whether you require armchairs or not and the weight of the chair.
- Comfort – pick something that will be comfortable to sit on for a couple of hours. Upholstered finishes create a more sumptuous look and introduce pattern or slip covers that go over your dining chairs for low maintenance; leather is hard-wearing and wipe-clean – although I usually avoid this since it can be sticky in the summer.
- Design - In general, having armchairs at the dining table creates a more formal appearance. For a less formal look have two armchairs, at either end of the dining table leaving the rest of the chairs without arms. Also consider how many chairs you need, which will depend upon the shape of the table; rectangular, six chairs are usually required; if a square table then four will be required.
For an individual pair a traditional table with contemporary chairs or a contemporary table with old fashioned chairs.
Ana Aguilar-Corney is a columnist for Heart Home and authors the blog Let's Blog Design. Ana founded aguilarinteriors.com after studying at Inchbald School of Design. She lives in Lewes, a town that mirrors her: quirky with a deep history and a sense of fun that doesn't take itself too seriously. You can follow her on Twitter @aguilarinterior. Read more posts by Ana Aguilar.
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