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How to pick the right dining chairs What makes a dining chair work?

From the quickest breakfast to the grandest feast, dining chairs are always playing a part. Because they’re so regularly used and moved around they have to be reliable, comfortable, and resilient. They also have to look the part. Chairs that look good at your favourite restaurant may not look as good in your kitchen.

Like many aspects of interior design, it’s all about knowing what to put where and why. With this knowledge, you can make the best and most stylish choices. You’ll know what type of chair to use to make the place look just right.

Dining chairs will usually fall into three categories: formal, relaxed, and small. Each with their own characteristics that make them work in different settings.



Formal dining chairs tend to favour form over function, they either take up space visually or stand out through sheer boldness. They tend to feature higher backs, eye-catching design, rich colours, and metallic accents. However, they still need to be comfortable and put guests at ease.

They’re also often upholstered in soft fabrics such as velvet. For example, the Heather dining chairs are a velvet upholstered dining chair with gold finished legs, these chairs will add a glamorous, yet sophisticated, twist to your dining area. The Primrose dining chair is also a velvet upholstered chair that will inject a sense of mid-century modern sophistication into your space.

When it comes to formal looks, it’s best to have matching chairs (i.e. all the same style and colour) with a matching table. This will give the table a more streamlined and organised look.


Relaxed dining chairs are a more practical option, however, though they’re suited to kitchens, dining rooms, and settings that may be more informal, style is still important. Think lower backs, simpler shapes, lighter colours, and a focus on comfort. These are the type of chairs you sit back and wind down in.

The Scandinavian inspired Fitzroy dining armchair is perfect for a relaxed dining room. Choose the neutral light grey fabric upholstery to enjoy a laid-back, natural vibe.


If you are limited by space and want to make it look bigger then opt for armless dining chairs with lower backs  With a focus on simplicity and functionality these style chairs also work excellently for maximising space in open-plan rooms. The key here is to pick chairs that look good but don’t take up too much visual real estate.

You can choose wooden chairs such as the Winchester dining chair with an upholstered faux leather seat or opt for the simpler Hackney dining chair. Like the other style of chairs, you can also choose an upholstered option such as the faux leather Rayner dining chair.

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