These days it’s not just about what’s on your table–but rather what’s surrounding your table–that is making the biggest statement in the interior world.  Furniture companies and designers alike are pushing the boundaries on styles, shapes, trends, etc for something that’s been around for thousands of years: the dining chair.  So many of these chairs are not necessarily new to the world, but rather reinvented, renewed and shaped for the 21st century. But even then, it can become quite overwhelming to know what choices are out there, what looks good and what other designers are preferring to use. Thankfully, Kathy McGee with k interiors, has taken time out of her busy schedule to educate us on this popular category of furniture and give her top 5 picks for the perfect dining chair.


BACKGROUND: Kathy McGee started writing her blog My Interior Life back in 2010 to chronicle her love of interior design and all her adventures in decorating along the way. As she’s decorated her own homes and those of others over the years, her style has evolved and her “eye” has been trained to find some unique pieces that personalize those spaces. Kathy believes combining estate sale and vintage finds with classic pieces makes all the difference and can’t stand cookie-cutter design. One style does not fit all. For more information, please contact Kathy at or 615-948-0186. You can check out her blog at


With the holidays quickly approaching, our minds turn to family feasts and gatherings. Of course, that leads us all to the dining table. So, what better time than now to think about dining chairs? I’m thrilled that Interior Canvas has me over today to discuss my five top picks for dining chairs. Let me tell you, it was very hard to narrow it down as I love a lot of styles of chairs. But, without further adieu, here are some of my favorites in no particular order.

1. The Louis XVI style dining chair is a classic. There are both square and round back versions, which are both beautiful . . . it’s simply a matter of personal preference. I tend to gravitate toward the square back as they seem more substantial to me. A quick tour through my Pinterest Dining Room board shows how these chairs work in a variety of settings from modern to traditional . . .

These chairs are fairly accessible with versions being sold at both Ballard Designs:

And Wisteria:

And, of course, Restoration Hardware has a version as well. You can customize fabric options to match your decor or leave the chairs neutral and let other elements of your room shine.


2. Another favorite is the Klismos chair. Created by the Greeks in the mid-fifth century B.C., the chair features a curved backrest and tapering outcurved legs for stability. There are many variations of this chair, and I love their elegant and unique shape.


This style is a little trickier to find in the marketplace. Most modern versions are somewhat pricey, but you can find vintage/antique versions with a little searching. I found these antique versions online for approximately $400 a chair:

3. If you read my blog, it is no secret that I love Chinoiserie-style anything . . . and chairs are no exception. Therefore, the next dining chair to make the list is faux bamboo/fretwork/Chinese Chippendale. I’ve lumped these all together because although they differ ever so slightly, they are all Asian-inspired. I think using these in a dining room is such a fun and unique way to shake things up a bit especially by injecting some color.

And when you’re done eating, they can easily be pulled into other rooms for extra seating (this is of course true of all the styles of dining chairs) . . .

Once again, Ballard Designs features their Macau chair in this style:

You can also find vintage options often online (eBay, Craigslist) or in consignment shops or antique malls.


4. Next, I’m going to generalize again and just call this group upholstered dining chairs meaning the entire back and seat are upholstered. These are the more modern and somewhat more comfortable dining room chairs that are so popular at retailers like Restoration Hardware, Ballard Designs and Pottery Barn. In other words, they’re very accessible to everyone which is great. There are so many variations of this chair from basic Parsons chair versions to ones with curved backs and sides, to tufting to nailhead trim . . . truly something for everyone. Often times, I like to just use these as host and hostess chairs and use antique or vintage chairs as side chairs as I did in my own dining room:

Some other examples . . .

As I mentioned, these are easy to find at a host of retailers. Here is Restoration Hardware’s Martine chair:

5. Last, but certainly not least, my favorite choice for a dining chair is what I’ll call vintage mod. I’m referring to chairs that are typically mid-century modern in design and often have chrome or brass legs. While these chairs can be purchased new from various retailers, I love to find vintage versions. I think they can bring so much life to the dining room, which, let’s face it, is a room that can offer suffer from fussy grandmother’s syndrome.

You can find examples of these types of chairs locally at Nouveau Classics or antique stores. Craigslist is also a great resource. Online, Design Within Reach (DWR) is also a wonderful option.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this dining chair round-up and possibly found a style that might work in your home. Thanks so much to Anna-Kristin and Cameron for having me today!

Thank you Kathy!  For more information about Kathy and her business, please read below:

Kathy McGee

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