Need help choosing dining chairs
Samphy E.
September 27, 2012 in Design Dilemma
We just bought a beautiful dining table and can't decide between a white or off-white parsons fabric or leather chairs. It's a distressed barnyard type table from Pottery Barn and we wanted to soften it up with a contemporary look, and not modern. My fear is that the leather..and mostly white leather would clash with the table? But I do want leather since it would be easier to clean?

Also, the room is pretty small but seems like it is lacking something. Is it too small of a space to put a little bar cabinet in the corner? Or would a plant be more suitable?
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Emily Hurley
Hi there, I love that table, but it looks like it might be a bit tight in there when the chairs arrive. Does it work lengthwise as well? Does that give you more room?
September 27, 2012 at 3:57pm     
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Samphy E.
Lengthwise wouldn't work. It would look awkward in the space. We knew the table would be a little big but we wanted to make sure that we could fit at least 8 for dinner parties. This is the extension table and actually fits 12!
September 27, 2012 at 4:02pm     
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For everyday seating, can you get away with using only 4 chairs? Since the space is tight I wouldn't put any chairs on the ends, just 2 and 2 on the long sides. I have a similar table, and when we have more than 4 people I also have a bench (no arms, just a bench) that I use on the long side and it works great.

For the leather I would follow the color of the walls. If you get a bench, you could also easily upholster it, too.

Any chance it would work diagonally? You might be able to seat 6 that way.
September 27, 2012 at 4:07pm   
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I think white leather would be perfect. nailhead detail would be nice as well to complement the rustic vibe of the table. Check these out. I think because the room is tight, only chairs on the sides when not entertaining would give walkthrough space on the ends.

September 27, 2012 at 4:08pm   
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You might be able to use these chairs from room and board. Here's what they look like with a table like the one you've purchased Or this: These are a bit more traditional and offer softer seating
September 27, 2012 at 4:09pm     
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Great table - lots of possibilities!

I think a bench along one side would look great, take up less space than having all chairs and give a contemporary look.

I was recently admiring the Streamline Stripe dining chair at Sundance, I think they would look great and bring out the colors in your art. Otherwise I think a wheat, beige colored leather parsons chairs would look great - or perhaps you could get them covered in an outdoor fabric for easy care.
September 27, 2012 at 4:19pm     
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debjl, outdoor fabric, great idea!
September 27, 2012 at 4:21pm   
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Have you thought about an L shape bench style seating with four modern chairs? I think you will have more room within your dining room for a corner bar or a buffet in front of the window. Build the L shape seating on the wall where your painting is and tuck your table in that area. Choose small modern chairs (see photos). On the shelves you can place two beautiful but very tall vases, or plants. This is the only solution I can think of. Have a great time looking for your chairs!

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September 27, 2012 at 4:36pm   
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For your chair dilemma..... I am actually eye-ing up the very same table for our house!...and am thinking of doing the white upholstered chairs with nailhead detail for the ends and something a little more casual for the longer sides. We might test out what we have now, which is a rattan with cushion. So all chairs would have cushion. The bench seating is nice too - but then your guests won't have backs and I wonder about that for longer dinner parties.
Maybe also consider banquet seating for the corner as a space saver?

For your what else is missing dilemma..... perhaps add an over-sized mirror that leans against the wall (on the wall where you have your picture right now). And on the opposite wall where the opening is, you can consider two smaller cabinets for storage of wine glasses and dishes (roughly 3 feet high to fit the space). Good luck and have fun!
September 27, 2012 at 4:37pm     
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Walter Comstock
How about leather chairs on each end and benches on each side, that would give you the look you want and not over power the small room. Someone worried about guests not having backs, there are benches with low backs. Get a nice bulky wood and glass lamp for over the table and lower it. Use a plant all rooms need something alive in them.
September 27, 2012 at 5:14pm     
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Samphy E.
Thank you for all your suggestions. I have a lot of trial and error to do! Ill let you all know how it turns out!
September 28, 2012 at 9:35am   
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Samphy E.
Thanks for all your help, here's the after! Still going to add a few more touches...
January 13, 2013 at 9:11pm     
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CONGRATS Looks lovely!
January 13, 2013 at 10:27pm     
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ExclusiveMod Furniture
It's turning out very lovely!
May 13, 2014 at 9:50am   
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