When it comes to settling on the style of your dining chairs, you’ll need to think about your table as much as your room. It’s doesn’t really matter whether the table comes first or the chairs do, but they’ll be partners for life (or many years at least) so it’s important that they complement each other.
A grand table like Balmoral needs an equally bold chair, one that won’t get lost beside it, so we tend to use upholstered designs, like Henley. Similarly, if your table is a simple design - like our Hebden - it’ll need an equally simple companion that won’t take away from its understated details.
Don’t be afraid of contrast though. Pairing a traditional-style table with a more contemporary chair can feel fresh. Take Balmoral again. We’ll often put it with Shoreditch (which is still bold but in a clean-lined, graphic way). Or Chichester, which we’ll sit with our Long Island chairs. The key to making it work is to choose pieces that aren’t poles apart. Ours are all pared-back enough – not too far in either direction – that you can’t really go wrong.
And don’t forget, your table’s shape is just as important as its design, especially when it’s a circular one. These naturally suit chairs that have a slight curve in the backrest, like Wardley or Calverston – they’ll sit more snugly up against a round table’s curves and echo its shape.