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10 ways anyone can do mismatching dining chairs

Hot on the interior design agenda, mismatching dining chairs are the latest way to add some serious style impact to your space. And if they've been catching your eye as you flick through your latest decor mag, don't think that they should be limited to luxe apartments and designer's homes.  

We show you how to mix up your dining chairs, either by buying new designs, or by teaming your new favourite buys with well-loved fixtures. This is a great way to drop in some depth and style into your home, and will instantly perk up any space without the need for wall paint or major spending.

Read on to see how anyone can do this look, and get your mismatching chair fix.

1. Choose one colour, now go with it

Pictured: Robin Day & Fraya chairs.

Combining different chairs in one colour is an easy way to nail a monochrome or modern interior. Play with texture by placing plastic chairs in patent textures with matte ones, and introduce a little wood or organic materials to soften a modern look. Leather against soft upholstered fabrics is another great way to do this style.

2. Opt for au-natural 

Pictured: Florence Oslo chairs.

Opt for variants of earthy, natural tones and textures to create a relaxing, Scandi inspired look in your home. Soft-to-the-touch fabrics paired with wood will create a homely and relaxing vibe that rings more rustic than nordic. 

3. Pull up a pew with multi-use bar stools 

Pictured: Robin Day Polo & Harper bar stools.

If your breakfast bar tends to get crowded, opt for stackable bar stools that can be stored away when not in use. This way you can accommodate more guests for drinks and nibbles. Mix things up by choosing a couple of chairs with a different design and high backs, as this will create some depth in your room as well as more comfortable seating for those with bad backs.

4. Add some depth to your sophisticated space

Pictured: Darcy dining chairs.

A luxury look in the dining room has never been easier. Soft, sumptuous high back seating in a classic design will instantly add a touch of glamour. But if you want to take it one step further, mix up the colour to add a contemporary twist that wouldn't go amiss in Elle Decor. For a more sophisticated look, opt for soft colours that let the fabric do the talking. Cream, slate grey, charcoal, chocolate and cappuccino are perfect choices.

5. Freshen up your space with pretty shades

Pictured: Ashford Isaac chairs.

Chic chairs surrounding a pretty vintage dining table is a gorgeous look. Emphasise the style by pairing curved, upholstered seating with buttoned designs and a chic print. Pastels or fresh, pea green colours will look wonderful and for a modern twist, introduce some white, grey or even try out pattern clashing. If you've got room for more, add some antique wooden finds on the ends.

6. Go wild with colour, but stick to one chair style

Pictured: Robin Day Polo Skid chairs.

Sucker for colour? Dare to showcase your love of bold through your dining chairs. The best way to do this is by picking one chair design and then letting your imagination take over with your colour choice. You can also recreate this look by painting wooden chairs in different colours, which will also look a little softer than plastic designs. This style looks great when paired with white walls.

7. Streamline your space with a bench

Pictured: Fraya chairs & Oslo bench.

If your dining area is on the small side, perhaps a bench is a good idea. They'll provide ample seating space, and can be slotted under a table to make room when not in use. A curved, wooden design will create a soothing feel, whilst some contemporary plastic seating will add an interesting mid-century touch.

8. Don't distract with some subtle style

Pictured: Newport Orkney chairs.

You're a fan of keeping things classic, but there's something about mismatching dining chairs that grabs your attention. To keep things subtle, opt for one design of chair for the sides and a different style for the table heads. Classic wood designs with leather seats work particular well when complemented by a couple of full leather chairs.

9. Add some drama to a chic look

Pictured: Genevieve Darcy chairs.

Don't lose any prettiness, but add an elegant and grown-up touch to your dining chair arrangement. Provencal style wooden chairs in a dainty white can be offset by two stately chairs upholstered in a smokey black fabric. Whitewashed woods in French inspired designs can tend to look rather delicate and pretty, so make sure to contrast them with a bolder colour and design to nail this look.

10. Create an industrial look 

Pictured: Harper Lexi bar stools.

Industrial chic looks great in a surprising range of interiors. Liven up your breakfast bar with a range of barstools that play with shape and texture, but keep one colour as the constant. Black, raw metals, imperfect whites and grey are the best colours to opt for if you're a fan of the industrial look. 

Feeling inspired? Shop our range of chairs (as pictured), or search your own mismatching style, here.