My home is simply filled filled with ‘finds’, furniture and ephemera that has previously been loved and is now waiting to be adopted. I am not sure if it is the romantic in me or the fact that I fancy myself as a bit of a raconteur but I love to have things in my home that have their own story. I like to imagine the history of a piece of furniture. I was very happy to team up with Chairish, an online store, on this post. Chairish gathers and sells those pre-loved pieces that are waiting for a new home.
Gone are the days when having a mismatched dining set was a sign of poverty and you had to reassure your guests that yes you were saving for a matching set. Now each individual dining chair
can tell a story and be a conversation piece but there are a few important points to consider.
Tip 1 – Seat height. I cannot stress enough how important that all of the seat heights are withing a couple of centimetres of one another. Imagine how awkward dinner would be if they weren’t!
Tip 2 – Make sure they are different you don’t want to be left looking like you tried to match them but they were just slightly off.
Tip 3 – Don’t pick anything too ornate. Lots of fabulously engraved chairs do not lend themselves to this look at all.
Tip 3 – To paint or not to paint. This really is a personal preference. I think you have to go with what works with the rest of the room. Chairs that are worn can look great unfinished and if you have found fantastic chairs but they have an ugly lacquered finish I would say painting them is the way to go. If you have a set of matching chairs that really suit your needs but you want to adopt the mismatched look paint each one a different colour but keep the walls neutral or white.
Tip 4 – Regardless of your colour choice NEVER use gloss or an oil based paint, you will die of frustration before you finish as each side needs to be fully dry before you can start the next bit, not just touch dry fully cured. Use a water-based eggshell or chalk paint and a sealer.
Tip 5 – Think outside the box. How else can you change up your chairs? Colour block the chairs? Dip the legs? Cover the seat pads? Let you creativity loose on this one. It all depends on the overall look and feel of the finished room that will help you navigate through the sea of choices.
Please feel free to leave links to your mismatched chair project in the comments section. I hope you feel inspired.