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My Favorite Timeless & Classic Dining Chair & Table Combos

Hi Everyone, Before we delve into the world of timeless and classic dining chair and table combinations, I'd like to take a moment to express my gratitude for all the kind comments I've received about...

Hi Everyone,

Before we delve into the world of timeless and classic dining chair and table combinations, I'd like to take a moment to express my gratitude for all the kind comments I've received about my renovation updates. If you're interested, you can find a brief update here. I appreciate your support and understanding as I try to strike a balance between sharing my renovation journey and catering to different interests. The renovation is set to commence on June 5th, and I couldn't be more excited.

Now, let's talk about the most classic dining table and chair combinations. In just three days, we've made significant progress on our project, with only a few drawers and the bathroom left to tackle. Today's post will focus on more formal dining chair and table combos, although they can also work well in casual settings.

However, before we dive into the beauty of these combinations, let's discuss what not to do if you want a classic dining room that will stand the test of time. Of course, these are just my personal recommendations, and everyone has their own preferences. Flexibility is key when it comes to defining classic and timeless styles, as there's often a touch of whimsy even within these categories.

I want to make it clear that my recommendations are not meant to be taken personally. They are simply my opinions, and if you find them helpful and enjoyable, that's fantastic. Ultimately, the choice is yours, and if you love your current selection, that's what matters.

Now, let's take a look at an example of what not to do. Feast your eyes on Exhibit A, also known as the "traditional" dining room set. While I understand that some of you may have similar sets, it's important to note that these sets don't necessarily align with the true essence of traditional design. If you'd like to see the epitome of these sets, complete with an abundance of condensers and a basement that can rival Filene's Basement, you can check it out here.

Instead, let's focus on the stunning dining chair and table combinations that truly embody timeless elegance. A classic chair is one that has withstood the test of time and is recognized as a style from the 18th through the mid-20th century. Styles such as William and Mary, Queen Anne, Rococo, Neo-Classical/Georgian, Regency, Federal, and Greek Revival all fall under the umbrella of classic design. Victorian, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, and Art Deco styles also draw inspiration from these earlier periods.

For today's post, I'll primarily focus on the neo-classical period from the late 18th century to around 1830. These timeless chair and table combinations can add an element of sophistication to any dining room. Mixing and matching chairs and tables is one of the great joys of design, and the possibilities are endless. Louis XVI-style chairs with tapered legs and square or oval backs pair beautifully with pedestal tables, while Gustavian chairs effortlessly complement any classic dining room. Although painted chairs can be mixed with wood-stained tables, it's less common to see the opposite unless the table is painted in a medium to dark color.

When it comes to dining room tables, my personal favorites are those with beautiful pedestals or tapered legs. These tables exude elegance and are available in various styles, including English, French, and Swedish designs. Cabriole or ball and claw legs are also popular choices, as they add a touch of formality to the overall aesthetic. However, simpler legs are easier to mix with contemporary furnishings, creating a more seamless blend of styles.

To give you a visual representation of these timeless pieces, I've included a widget showcasing some of my favorite dining room chairs that have stood the test of time. One of the beauties of these combinations is their versatility. They can be mixed and matched to create a unique and personalized dining experience. The only exception is the Chippendale-style chairs with ribbon backs, which pair best with pedestal tables. The more delicate Louis XVI-style chairs and Gustavian chairs can be paired with any table, adding a touch of classic beauty to your dining room.

Now, let's take a closer look at two exquisite examples of timeless and classic dining tables. The first is a neo-classical traditional dining table, often referred to as the George III Banquet Table, Regency, or Hepplewhite style. This table looks stunning when paired with Louis XVI-style chairs or Gustavian chairs. The second example features a birdcage double pedestal, which is also found in round tables. Both options exude elegance and can effortlessly elevate the ambiance of your dining room.

To ensure optimal proportions for your dining chairs, consider the following dimensions. Side chairs are typically 18"-23" wide, while armchairs add a few extra inches. The seat height ranges from 16"-21", with an average height of 18-19". The overall height of the chair depends on the style, but for most chairs, a height of 34"-38" is ideal. However, some side chairs, such as Jacobean and Queen Anne styles, can be taller, while ladderback and wing chairs often exceed 38".

In conclusion, choosing timeless and classic dining chair and table combinations can create a dining experience that transcends trends and fads. By carefully selecting chairs and tables that have stood the test of time, you can create a space that exudes elegance and sophistication. Remember, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to mixing and matching these pieces, so feel free to experiment and let your creativity soar.

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