Without even thinking too deeply about it, I have always expected that a dining room and its chairs are made of the same material and even color. Any accents and variations will just be small elements that are composed within the same uniform style. However, 20th century décor saw a move towards giving the table its own character and personality and allowing the chairs to not just match it, but rather complement it. Now 21st century modern décor has stepped things up further and introduced a trend where the table and chairs can be as different as chalk and cheese with additional elements like color, ornaments and other dining-ware to make the contrasting/clashing furniture pieces more cohesive.
As can be seen in the pictures accompanying this article, a wooden table is surrounded by fantastic retro inspired Starck Ghost chairs with glass vases to complete the look. To the uninitiated and uneducated decorator, the chairs may appear to be a temporary measure while the more solid wooden variety that would match the table are being sourced. However, those in the contemporary furniture field know and understand that Ghost has taken over in many respects and that wood will never go out of fashion: then the blend and combination of the two represents pure innovation and creativity. An approach clearly not for the conservative and faint-hearted, but conventional perspectives aside, it is a very stylish look.
Different Chairs for Different Strokes.
Another trend in the mix-match arena is a combination of various colors and shapes of chairs surrounding the table. No longer being limited to the uniform 4 to 10 chairs around the standard dining table, but one now has the choice to have batches of chairs in different colors, shapes and designs all around the same dinner table. The chairs can be arranged in various ways by alternating each design – placing two matching chairs on the opposite ends of the table or even having different kinds on different sides of the table. There may even be the over-the-top somewhat pretentious arrangement of a “King” and “Queen” throne on the opposite ends of the dining table and the rest of the chairs would be simpler to reflect their role as the subjects or plebs in the hierarchical equation.