Divert a Dining Room Disaster: Mastering the Art of Mismatched Chairs

Divert a Dining Room Disaster: Mastering the Art of Mismatched Chairs

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Taryn Williford
May 10, 2016
(Image credit: Emma Fiala)

Mismatching in any discipline – from food to fashion – is an art, and not a science. So while I can't exactly give you a formula for getting a mismatched dining room look right, I can give you nearly 20 different examples and tell you why they work so well.

Click through to each tour for more photos of each space. Then from here, all you've got to do is get your figurative paint brush and try it out at home.

Jaimee & David's Light & Simple Scandinavian-Inspired Home (above)

Why it Works: The symmetry and the coordinated palette.


(Image credit: Ashley Poskin)

Maggie & Howard's Modern-Meets-Farmhouse, DIY-Filled Family Haven

Why it Works: The matched accessory: A fuzzy throw on top.


(Image credit: Samara Vise)

Nick & Katie Redefine "Cozy" in Boston's South End

Why it Works: The similar shapes.


(Image credit: Belathee Photography)

Paul & Katie's Bright Vintage Modern Loft

Why it Works: Similar shapes and a low-risk color palette of black and white.


(Image credit: Julia Brenner)

Liisa: Ad Agency Life in Chicago (via Barcelona & Puerto Rico)

Why it Works: Everything is the same color.


(Image credit: Katy Cartland)

Nikou & Travis' Modern, Minimal Marfa-Inspired Apartment

Why it Works: Consistent materials and a very simple set.


(Image credit: Elissa Crowe)

Jag & Agata's Colorful Canadian Townhouse

Why it Works: The room is really eclectic to start with.


(Image credit: Submitted by Michelle)

Michelle's Open and Serene Home

Why it Works: Consistency; the wood tones and leg shapes are almost perfectly similar.


(Image credit: Cathy Pyle)

Caroline & Simon's Modern Vintage Maisonette in London

Why it Works: A perfectly coordinated pastel palette.


(Image credit: Nicole Crowder)

Holley & Audrey's Dining Room Redux

Why it Works: It's a small and easily palatable deviation from the norm; just one chair was removed to fit this bench in.


(Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)

Blanca & Cody's Oaxaca-Inspired Compact Cottage

Why it Works: The same materials and colors are echoed throughout the "set."


(Image credit: Lindsey Kay Averill)

Liz and John's 1926 Sears Craftsman in Phoenix

Why it Works: It's a really eclectic room and both the chairs have traditional elements.


(Image credit: Katy Cartland)

Marina & Sebastiano's Dream Home in Houston

Why it Works: It's a proven formula, adding different chairs to just the ends of a table. Plus, the chairs share traditionally ornate shapes.


(Image credit: Monica Wang)

A Collector's Hollywood Bachelor Pad

Why it Works: Two words: color coordination.


(Image credit: Julia Brenner)

Benton, Kristin & Mason: Living and Working in a Chicago Loft

Why it Works: Such an eclectic space, you could get away with almost anything.


(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)

Greg's Remodeled Live/Work Space

Why it Works: The chairs are the same material and color.


(Image credit: Jacqueline Marque)

Tiffany's Charming New Orleans Sanctuary

Why it Works: Three different "pairs" of seating is oddly symmetrical and harmonious.


(Image credit: Sarah Gerber)

Fay's Charming Grand Lake Apartment

Why it Works: It's the same chair just with different forms and different legs.


(Image credit: Emma Fiala)

Ryan & Joanna's Simple Midwestern Update

Why it Works: The placement; pairs of chairs in opposite corners.

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