In a place known as the “Design Lab” or Casa B. I have another design dilemma. Our breakfast room chairs. I sold them this summer before I decided on any replacements (along with our table). It wasn’t my intention to sell my chairs, but the woman that bought the table liked my chairs, and she was so nice. Being truly nice goes far in this world (it will also get you some chairs). So I sold them. That was two months ago and now we are chairless. Actually, not entirely chairless because I have four vintage Milo Baughman chairs in our basement waiting to get recovered & also for the perfect mismatches.
But, the chairs. I dream of mixing and matching a few styles. In a world of symmetry, I crave the opposite. What is more uninteresting than a table surrounded by chairs that are perfectly matched? In our home, everything is perfectly imperfect. I have now come to look at it as a design challenge, another step in finely tuning my design skills. Symmetry is easy to achieve, but a room balanced with unmatched pieces? That is where the skill lies. An evolved interior will never have total symmetry and will always project character. Some of the top names in design have successfully created rooms that are curated stories using a variety of pieces. Matched chairs around a table? It loses your attention, but add a few styles to the mix, and you’ve created a room that has personality.
“Variety is the spice of life.” I love the idea of mismatched chairs, each having it’s own personality somewhat like my friends. Plus, it affords me the option of moving the chairs around the house. If I need extra seating in the living room, I move chairs from the dining room, and they’ll blend in rather than stand out. However, there are a few rules of thumb that I have always lived by as a designer that I’ll share:
-Keep the chair back heights similar, otherwise you’ll create a disjointed seating area. It will have the same effect as someone singing out of tune. (I learned this after pulling together chairs that were too dissimilar on a project).
-Have a unifying concept, whether it’s fabrics or similar styles.
-Have fun mixing it up, just don’t mix more than three styles, otherwise there will be entirely too much chaos in the room.
As Vincente Wolf told the WSJ about mixing up chairs-
“It’s like planning a dinner party. You wouldn’t want all your guests to be too similar: You want variety-yet compatibility.”- Vincente Wolf
I hope you are inspired to shake it up a bit in your home…
Image/ Design Junkie
Image-Metropolitan Home/Photographer-Erik Johnson
Interior Stylist-Rikke Graff Juel/ Photographer-Anita Behrendt
Emily Griffin’s Home/ via Casa Sugar
Image/ Nuevo Estilo
Image-Jenny Komenda/Little Green Notebook
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Designer/ Angie Hranowsky (for more on Angie’s work visit my interview with her here).
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