Comfort and Style in Dining Room Chairs

 

Dining room interior design can take many forms. Function of the room is very important in the room design, but often, the dining room may be a room that is seldom used but often observed. It may also be a showpiece or even a status symbol. Many of our most expensive possessions may be in the dining room but seldom get any use. This is a shame and just takes a little thinking outside the box to rectify. The dining room is also a large percentage of the total square footage of your home. It just makes sense to make use of it and enjoy it.

updated and elegant dining room with abstract area rug in greys and blues, with deep navy dining chairs

Many elements go into the room design of the dining room. As well as the table, chairs and buffet, there is most often a significant piece of art, a large or unusual chandelier, an area carpet, window coverings, and an interesting wall colour. All the aesthetic characteristics of these elements work together as in a tapestry to make up the room design.

The style of the dining room chairs plays a vital role in the room design. Most important, is that they be comfortable in order that dinner parties sparkle and flow with conversation. There is no point having a spectacularly beautiful chair that no one wants to sit in.

upscale and dramatic on trend for 2018 dining room in white and turquoise with a white shag area rug

Antique chairs have great charm and add vintage character but often they are quite small in scale and thus not as comfortable as might be desired. This not the case for all antique chairs but it is a factor to be considered. It is possible to use an antique table and modern chairs in a room design. Design elements such as nail heads can make a modern chair look more like an antique style chair and so suit the desired look.upscale dining room with silvery grey wallpaper and transitional dark wood furnitureMany dining tables have an apron around the outside edge and if the chair seat is  too close to the apron seating can be uncomfortable. Similarly, some tables have a very thick top. This is a quality feature but chair height must be taken into account to accomodate proper seating. Generally, the height of the back of the chair is higher than the table surface, but this is simply personal taste and part of the room design.

It is impossible to name all the possible chair styles that could be used in a dining room. Even when we use the same style chair, the fabric we put on it will make the chair look entirely different. In antique styles, Queen Anne, Regency, Windsor, Mid-Century, Chippendale, and Ladder-back styles are all common. Simple, streamlined Parsons chairs are also a common upholstered style. How the chair is finished also can make a big difference in the room design. For instance, a Queen Anne chair in a traditional finish gives a very different impression from a weathered finish.formal rustic dining room with distressed chairs, exposed brick, and large burlap chandelierUpholstered armchairs, club chairs and even wing chairs may be at either end of a dining room table. Often we use upholstered chairs all around the table to add softness, comfort and style to the room. Fabric used on upholstered chairs must suit the lifestyle of the client. White looks lovely in any home for awhile. In homes with active children it won’t look good for very long. A better choice would be a fabric that repels stains, is easily cleanable or a patterned fabric that hides stains. Many beautiful fabrics have these easy care features so there is no loss of interior design potential. Leather, for instance looks wonderful and is easy care.dramatic black and white dining room with mirrored ceilingSlipcovers used to cover upholstered or unupholstered chairs can look good and be a very practical solution since they can be laundered when dirty.  The look of the room can quickly and easily be changed with slipcovers in various colours and fabrics. Slip covers lend a more casual look to even a formal dining room because they will always be a little wrinkled. This characteristic greatly bothers some people, and others not at all.casual dining room with slip covered dining chairs and dark wood table with moss and blue floral displaysOne of the factors to decide in dining chairs is the entertaining preferences of the client. Since comfort is key, they should be a comfortable size. Depending on the size of the room and how many guests are to be regularly accommodated, we may need a large number of chairs but also need room to store the excess when we are not entertaining and the table is not extended. It is generally customary to have armchairs at the head of the table, and armless chairs on the sides, but depending on your space and style you could actually have armchairs all around. Armless chairs all around can be suitable also, depending on space and style. Armless dining chairs do take up less space than armchairs, visually as well as in space. Arms on a chair can be helpful in getting in and out of the seat for those who have knee and back problems.

clean lined dining room in brown with cabinetry wall treatment in squares series

From an interior design point of view, we must decide whether the room design will be formal or informal. As far as room size goes, smaller space might call for a more delicate, open style of chair, while a large space might look good with larger more well defined shapes. More than anything it is about style, scale, quality and comfort. You should not be able to feel the chair frame through the upholstery in a well made chair. A well constructed dining chair has a bit of weight to it because hardwood weighs more than softwood. The look and feel of the chair is largely determined by the materials it is made from, as well as the shaping. Metal chairs feel substantial and may have a sheen. In a contemporary or smaller space clear acrylic can look good and function well. Wood comes in many styles and finishes. Upholstered styles allow us the variety, softness and colour of fabric. Wicker and rattan bring texture as well as style. A mixture of any of these material adds even more scope for design. Quality of a chair is of utmost importance. There should be no splintering, swaying, or snags apparent in the construction. The seat should be comfortable, and if it is fabric, the fabric should not pill. The frame should be able to support the weight of an adult and stand up to the test of time.

Call Mulberry Interiors now at (905) 849-6423 to book a design consultation. We look forward to working with you to increase your enjoyment of your home.

 

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