Dining Room Roundup

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For the past year, I have had a rectangular kitchen table I refinished years ago and outdoor metal chairs for my dining room. I love both pieces, but neither is really working for our dining room. The kitchen table is too small and the space begs for a round or oval table, and the outdoor chairs have been refinished and re-purposed for our back deck, which we use daily, so I am left with a chairless table . However, dining room tables and chairs are way more expensive than you would ever imagine! I have been pinning images for the past year of what I want the space to look like, and I am so glad I have taken my time making my decision. However, there are so many different options that I have pulled together a variety of styles to choose from.

As I started hunting for the "perfect" table and chairs, I quickly realized it all adds up pretty quick, and I am going to have to compromise on something. Maybe you spend a bit more on the table, but go with less expensive chairs. Or you may find a great deal at the flea on an industrial table and splurge on the chairs. Either way, sometimes you have to work it out so that the overall look and feel work, but you don't blow your budget on one thing! With a little inspiration above, and quite a few options below, you are bound to find something that will work for you!   

SAVE: Molded Plastic; SPEND: Wishbone; SPLURGE: Bentley Arm Chair; TABLE: Tulip Dining

SAVE: Molded Plastic; SPEND: Wishbone; SPLURGE: Bentley Arm Chair; TABLE: Tulip Dining

SAVE: Red Windsor;  SPEND: Tabouret Chair;  SPLURGE: French Camelback; METAL BENCH: Tabouret Bench; UPHOLSTERED BENCH: Leno Leather; TABLE: Industrial Trestle

SAVE: Red Windsor;  SPEND: Tabouret Chair;  SPLURGE: French Camelback; METAL BENCH: Tabouret Bench; UPHOLSTERED BENCH: Leno Leather; TABLE: Industrial Trestle

Concept 01 

  • This is the one I am leaning towards for my own dining room. Our first floor is a dark gray, that I love, but it needs a bit of a brighter element in the space, and you can't go wrong with the classic tulip table. 

  • Mixing soft, neutral woods with a white table is a great way to make the bright white a bit softer. 
  • If you need a bit of color, a bold rug or floral arrangement would be perfect to bring it all together. You could also throw in a couple of seat cushions to give that little bit of detail. 
  • Ovals and circles are great for conversation and creating a dynamic conversation around the table as well as playing card games late into the night with a few cocktails on the side! This shape is becoming quite popular again. 

Concept 02 

  • If you have the space for a long, rectangular table, you can't go wrong. Rectangular tables allow for a lot of people and flexibility. 
  • An industrial table doesn't mean you have to have industrial seating. A beautiful metal bench mixed with upholstered chairs is a great mix of textures and style. 
  • Benches are also great for long tables. Typically you can find good deals on benches, which provides more seating for the price. You can also move the bench in various locations if you decide to add chairs later! 
  • Bold, colorful chairs can be really fun especially for a kitchenette or if you aren't planning to spend that much on your chairs. This way you don't feel guilty when you are ready to paint them or replace them!
  • Another great option, is to buy a less expensive overall chair and then splurge on the head of the table chairs. So two expensive chairs mixed with inexpensive typical chairs gets you a little of both worlds. 
SAVE: Dipped Chair; SPEND: Ruth Chair SPLURGE: Spindle Back; TABLE: Salvaged X-Base 

Concept 03 

  • Salvaged wood on a round table is beautiful and will go without about anything. All three chair options above are very different in style, but any will work wonderfully with the simple architecture of the table. 
  • A dipped chair is a great option if you already have some chairs that need a bit of a face lift or are flea find! 
  • I thoroughly enjoy upholstered seating at the dining table, but keep in mind that they aren't super cleanable, but can be a great way to bring in a color. 
  • High back chairs make a big statement, but can be quite pricey. High backs also take up more room, so this isn't a chair that you want to squeeze around the table, but maybe keep to a smaller number or at either end of a rectangular table.   

Of course the possibilities are endless when trying to choose a dining room set. I can't decide if I am happy or sad that dining room sets don't have to match anymore. It sure would be easier! However, it is a lot of fun playing with different options. 

What would you spend your money on - the chairs or the table? I have figured out what I want and I don't know how much longer I can wait. Now I just have to decide if I rather spend or save on the chairs... Which concept works for your home? 

-a. 

Inspirational images found here: Bottom left, top left, right