Match & Mix: Coordinating Bar Stools & Dining Chairs

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We can’t help but love open-concept living spaces. They have a certain ease and flow that help us feel connected.

But those unencumbered sight lines do present their challenges. One common pain point: how to coordinate different dining chairs, and how to make dining chairs and bar stools complement each other and the space at large.

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Coordinate Through Patterns

For a straightforward path to a unified design, choose bar stools and dining chairs that have the same style and silhouette – in this case, traditional and armless. Then, introduce a printed upholstery for one seat that visually connects to the other seat.

The antique-inspired design on the Bexley Swivel Bar Stool coordinates with classic wingback design of the Brosnan Side Chair.

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Play with Styles

Choosing bar stools and dining chairs that belong to different design styles can take your look in a fresh, transitional direction. The Whitman Stool features gently low-swept arms and a double-caned seatback, while the curved back of the Savoy Dining Chair creates a modern take on traditional style. But for the space to feel cohesive, it’s important for them to share some similarities. In this pairing, both seats feature performance linen fabric

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Create Uniformity

It doesn’t take much variation for open living spaces to feel overly busy. So if you have stellar light fixtures, big-impact artwork or a sofa that already strays from the style of the room, matching bar stools and dining chairs can be a wise choice – as we’ve done here with our Georgia bar stools and dining chairs. As high-visibility furnishings, these coordinating pieces can bring a sense of continuity to the entire space.

As you can see, bar stools and dining chairs present an opportunity to shift the focus and style of your living space. And given the sheer number of frames and upholstery options we offer, you’re sure to find the perfect pairing.