It’s easy to go wrong when picking the right dining table and chairs pairing. And unfortunately, this merger is an important one. To avoid costly mistakes, or just simply a room that you don’t love, there are a few things to consider to mix and match to perfection. “When I’m picking a dining table and chairs,” Shea says, “I’m considering how they’ll speak to each other without being a set.” The key to this is making sure you’re contrasting tones and weights. Watch as Shea guides us through these dining room decisions, as well as an in-depth look into the two points of consideration below.
No. 01 | Contrasting Tone
No. 02 | Contrasting Weights
“There are warm tones on this chair,” Shea says of the pairing. “It’s a metal chair, which will contrast really well with a wood table.” (The pairing pictured is the Vincent Chair and Dillon Extension Dining Table by McGee & Co.) The black metal and leather accents of the side chairs provide a strong divergence from the natural wood table, helping the chairs be their own statement moment capable of standing alone if the reclaimed elm table were removed. The soft, natural linen fabric on the captain’s chairs—the Elton Chairs by McGee & Co.—are yet another design choice centered around contrasting in a curated and collected way. The natural material pairs well with the rough-hewn wood table and provide a nice variation from the cast iron chairs. In this setup, there is no hero piece of the room, but rather three varying pieces that together form a textural and tangible look.
The second key element to consider when mixing and matching dining chairs with your table is making sure you pick chairs that have contrasting weights, meaning if one has a chunky leg, keep the other one simple and thin. “I want my legs to feel like they’re not clashing,” Shea explains. In the dining room pictured, there’s “a leg with a detail and then on the ends, I have no legs. I wouldn’t love this pairing as much if [each piece had similar legs]. Always pick something that has a more substantial weight to it when you’re mixing and matching,” Shea adds.
For those of you who mix and match for a living, check out our newly launched Designer Trade Program. The benefits include a dedicated team of customer service agents to help whenever you need it, discounts and tax exemptions on every purchase you place through McGee & Co., and free swatches and samples delivered to your doorstep to ensure you get the design just right. Discounts are based on yearly spending, starting at 15%, and as your overall spending increases, as do the discounts and benefits. As fellow designers, we hope to be a trusted resource and alleviate the stress of sourcing and ordering. Happy styling!
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