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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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
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
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