The Best Way to Add Style to Any Dining Space
Grand, formal dining rooms with traditional tables and chairs are always a classic, but recently we’ve been gravitating toward spaces with eclectic, unexpected pairings. Modern, streamlined tables matched with traditional chairs, or elaborately-carved tables paired with contemporary seating make for compelling compositions. In the same way, a mix of materials—say, woven rattan chairs teamed with a marble table—keeps things interesting. Scroll through our slideshow to see some gorgeous examples of how a mix of styles, shapes, materials, and time periods can upgrade your dining space.
Woven chrome-frame chairs and an antique wood table give this contemporary California home a collected feel.
We love this simple combination of rattan armchairs and a bright white tulip table. A classic china cabinet full of solid white pieces gives the space some age, while an industrial pendant adds to the layered vibe.
A concrete top table on a oak trestle base is matched with woven chairs and custom seat cushions in this casual dining area. A lack of pattern keeps the room from feeling too busy while abstract modern art adds a contemporary element.
Australian design firm Hecker Guthrie pairs midcentury modern wood-and-leather seating with a marble table. Thanks to their finish and shape, the chairs feel airy, a great complement to the solid table.
A deeply veined marble-top table on a chrome base is a perfect pairing for antique chairs with canning detail. We love the use of furry seat covers to add texture and comfort to the set up. Thanks to a unified neutral color palette these seemingly opposite pieces harmonize in a space with traditional bones.
A mix of wood species and stains creates a compelling pairing in this space, where a traditional table meets contemporary seating.
These velvet and brass dining chairs feel decidedly luxurious and work perfectly with an acrylic and glass table. The clean nature of the table allows the chairs to take center stage in this glamorous dining room.
In the bright dining room of television host Louise Roe, grand head chairs upholstered in a plush velvet contrast beautifully with a simple Parsons table and acrylic side chairs. The look is at once sophisticated and accessible—who doesn’t love that?
Williams-Sonoma Home La Coupole Rectangular Iron Bistro Table with Marble Top ($3450)