Do You Prefer Upholstered or Solid Wood Dining Chairs?

I have the perfect dining table picked out, but can't seem to find the right chairs to compliment the table. I am stuck between the comfort of upholstered dining chairs and the modern aesthetic of solid wood dining chairs (with or without a cushion). It seems that upholstered dining chairs lend itself toward a more traditional look. The dining room will get lots of use so the first question I have to ask myself is - which is more important - function or aesthetic?

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I would love to get some feedback on both types of chairs. For chairs that are solid wood but have a thin cushion, does the cushion help that much in regard to comfort? What was the deciding factor when you selected your dining room chairs?

Images: Bethany Nauert via Jennifer's High/Low Home in the Hills and John's New York City Interior with a California Garden

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Marcia is an interior, portrait, and travel photographer and has photographed over 50 homes of creatives. Her photographic style is capturing her subject in the most natural state and creating an emotional response.