Whether your dining table from the previous set is still going strong or you just picked up those mismatched chairs at an attractive sale, being stuck with a table and chairs from different sets need not be looked at as a limitation. With a little bit of creativity, you can turn this situation into a design opportunity for innovative solutions.
If you are trying to match the chairs of one set with another table, a simple solution is to cover the table with a tablecloth. Contemporary tablecloth designs and mats or runners made of materials like bamboo can become a great design accent for the room. This alternative is also an affordable way of revamping the look of the furniture with ease. Similarly, you could cover the chairs with slip covers if it suits your taste and also for gaining additional benefits of protecting the furniture.
In the case you have chairs from different dining tables sets, you could have them upholstered with the same fabric or place seat cushions in the same material. A scarf or runner thrown over the backs of some chairs can also work as a unifying element. The upholstery and soft furnishings will tie the designs and distract from the differences. Make sure that the chairs have similar height, shape, size and colour tones in case of wooden chairs. Besides, ensure that the chair seat height works with the table height.
In some situations such as rectangular tables, it is easy to integrate odd chairs as head chairs. Combinations like carved wood chairs with upholstered ones can make for a very sophisticated look. Chairs along the table length can be covered with slip-covers and the head chairs, which are in a different design left exposed. Pay attention to striking an appropriate balance between different designs so that they complement each other and do not seem incoherent.
Do not match
Though it may seem counter-intuitive, sometimes underscoring the differences between the chair designs can become a unifying theme. Instead of feeble attempts at making the chairs match, you could emphasise their differences instead as deliberate design intent. One way to do this is to paint all the chairs in different trendy colours. However, in this approach, make sure that the chairs are similar in form. Chairs treated in this way could work with a variety of tables. If whimsical designs are your style, this method could be a great personal expression. Final word It is possible to create a coherent look while combining mismatched chairs and tables with design flair.