One of the most common requests my clients give me when designing their dining room is a mix of seating. Benches, head chairs, a mix of firm of soft… gone are the days of the matching sets of table, chairs and sideboards. People want flexibility and style to entertain in different ways. We try to design dining rooms to be used as more than just the holiday dinner spot that sits empty most of the year. Formal dining rooms can double as libraries, lounges, homework headquarters, or your favorite room to sip your morning coffee.
For our Chestnut Hill Project, we provided three types of seating in the dining room. We wanted the flexibility to host large groups or intimate gatherings, formal adult events or children’s dinner parties. The kids love to pull the bench up to the table and draw. The head chairs, slipcovered in a linen are super cozy and provide a little drama in the room. And the Louis XVI oval back chairs are surprisingly comfortable for a good price. (Thanks Ballard Designs!)
Here is how we set up the room….
Layout Option 1: 6 chairs with 2 Head Chairs
Layout Option 2: 3 chairs, a bench and 2 Head Chairs
When the bench isn’t needed, It sits against the window wall
How other people use mixed dining seating
(Images of DM Dining Room by Courtney Apple)
Sources for the DM Dining Room can be found HERE