Mixing and matching dining chairs doesn’t have to be intimidating…. 

and while we love a set of matching dining chairs, mixing two styles can bring so much dimension (and even function) into a dining space.  

We’ve mixed and matched dining chairs in our projects quite a bit over the years, and although there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach, there are a few “rules of thumb” that make the process a breeze.   

Mixing and matching anything is all about creating an element of consistency in your pairings, whether that’s style, shape, material, or even texture.  

Here are 6 of our favorite ways to mix & match dining chairs: 

No. 1: Alternate your armchairs 

In The McGee Home, we did one of our favorite mixed-and-matched dining chair combinations with alternate armchairs. This look works because although the styles and materials are different, both chairs have a curved-back element, pulling the space together. 

5 Ways to Mix & Match Dining Chairs Like a Pro
5 Ways to Mix & Match Dining Chairs Like a Pro

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Laurie Chair

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Eloise Woven Chair

No. 2: Incorporate a bench (or two) 

Another fool-proof way to mix and match dining seating is by incorporating a bench (or two!). Bench seating is great because it’s comfortable, relaxed, and allows for more flexible seating when you have more dinner guests than expected. 

From our Home on The Ranch

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Similar: Lynwood Cube Bench

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Similar: Ina Chair

From our SM Ranch House

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Similar: Hadden Chair

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Similar: Solomon Bench

No. 3: Use similar material tones 

In our Calabasas remodel, we mixed and matched the chairs in the dining space with wooden upholstered chairs in the center and two woven armchairs on the ends. Although the styles are distinctive, the curved shape and similar wood tones pull the look together. 

5 Ways to Mix & Match Dining Chairs Like a Pro
5 Ways to Mix & Match Dining Chairs Like a Pro

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Similar: Odelle Chair

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Catriona Chair

No. 4: Match style mix material  

Even if you want to stick to a specific style, you can still create a mixed and matched dining look by mixing materials. In the two below examples, we went for a more traditional look with classic dining chair silhouettes and mixed materials on the armchairs for more dimension. 

From our Threshold x Studio McGee Collection

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River Heights Slipcover Accent Chair

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2pk Linden Modified Windsor Wood Dining Chair

From our Open & Airy Netflix Kitchen Remodel

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Similar: Catriona Chair

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Similar: Kiernan Leather Chair

No. 5: Go texture heavy 

In our Cove Remodel, we incorporated two different chairs in separate tones and styles with a common element of woven texture. Matching textures is a great way to make a space feel interesting and dimensional but still pulled together. 

5 Ways to Mix & Match Dining Chairs Like a Pro
5 Ways to Mix & Match Dining Chairs Like a Pro

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Catriona Chair

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Jasper Chair