How to Choose Chairs for Your Dining Table

Stuck on which seats to buy for your dining area? This clever guide gives you stylish, foolproof picks for the most common types of tables.

Farmhouse dining tables

To buy: Threshold Gilford dining table, from $300; target.com

If you have a farmhouse table, try...

...an upholstered chair in a bold fabric.
The soft fabric covering offsets a wood table’s hard surface. For a fresh, modern look, go with a graphic print instead of a safer solid.

To buy: Shannon side chair in Buffalo Blue, $195; onekingslane.com

...a sleek midcentury modern seat.
Contrast a rustic rectangular table with sleek, curvy seats at a wallet-friendly price.

To buy: White molded Evie chairs, $160 for two; worldmarket.com

...a classic wooden chair that’s family-friendly.
A lacquered surface is easy to wipe clean; the deep, black hue is striking alongside the table’s warm brown shade. Choose a wood chair with an open back to keep the overall space from veering too bulky.

To buy: Norraryd chair, $65; ikea-usa.com

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Glossy white dining tables

To buy: URBN Alexander dining table, $69; wayfair.com

If you have a glossy white table, try...

...a rattan seat in a spunky color.
Intricate fretwork stands out against the table’s smooth white surface, especially when the chair is a poppy shade of pink. This one comes in more than 15 color options.

To buy: The Fiji, $625 for two; shopsocietysocial.com

...a natural wood chair.
Bring in some warmth with a teak seat. This one’s elegant, sculptural shape plays well with the table’s clean lines.

To buy: Bergman armchair in teak, $399; highfashionhome.com

...an industrial-style metal seat.
An iron chair in a fun, edgy color livens up a dining area, making it a great pick for frequent entertainers. These stackable seats are durable and weather-resistant, so they can double as extra perches on the patio when needed.

To buy: Lucinda mint stacking chair, $80; cb2.com

Marble top dining tables

To buy: Saarinen round dining table, from $3,333; dwr.com

If you have a marble top table, try...

...a glam metallic seat.
Play up the dressy vibe of a marble table by pairing it with shimmery, gold-finish seats.

To buy: Gemma dining chair, $395; jaysonhome.com

...a luxe, leather-accented chair.
For a more masculine touch, bring in clubby chairs, like this cast-iron version with a supple, stitched leather seat and back.

To buy: Laredo brown leather dining chair, $269; crateandbarrel.com

...a classic bistro seat.
A relaxed, understated café chair with an open back and woven rattan seat lets a polished-looking marble table be the star of the room.

To buy: Bistro side chair, $149; williams-sonoma.com

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Glass top dining tables

To buy: Rosalie dining table, $1,596; luluandgeorgia.com

If you have a glass top table, try...

...a roomy, retro-style seat.
An artsy glass table can give off a cold vibe if you surround it with seats that are ultra-sleek. Instead, go for contrast with a cozy style, like a wood-frame chair upholstered in a rich leather.

To buy: Framework leather dining chair, $299; westelm.com

...an elegant, fabric-covered chair.
A tall, camelback style chair in a sophisticated neutral gives any glass table an elevated look.

To buy: Ashton nontufted dining chair, from $399; potterybarn.com

...a graphic patterned seat.
A mix of materials adds interest to a dining room, giving it a lived-in, eclectic vibe. This classic pick evokes a bustling Parisian café.

To buy: Chevron Riviera side chair, $229; serenaandlily.com