Material matters: choosing between wooden, velvet, and leather dining chairs

Material matters: choosing between wooden, velvet, and leather dining chairs

If you are looking for ways to improve your dining room without committing to an expensive redecoration project, then changing your dining chairs can dramatically transform your dining space. This cost-effective choice changes the focal points of your room and allows you to introduce new designs, patterns, and textures into the space without extensively changing the overall decor, so join us as we explore the different dining chairs to suit various decor styles.

Dining Chairs

Upgrading your dining area with comfortable, visually appealing chairs enhances the dining experience and encourages longer gatherings by making the space more inviting and functional for both everyday use and special occasions.

However, swapping chairs out for new ones is not just reserved for old, worn, or damaged furniture - it is a cost-effective yet hugely impactful way to rework your interior design. After all, the table takes centre stage as the main focal point, but it’s the chairs that complete a room and bring all the different design choices together.

Choosing the right chairs to achieve this aesthetic cohesion requires a balance of harmony and contrast that allows the chairs to stand out without overpowering the intended room design. The different materials you choose, either for the chairs structure or fabrics, should either echo the room’s colour scheme and style, or match the existing decor, such as tables, drinks cabinets, or sideboards - but that isn’t to say that they have to blend in too much. To make them stand out, opt for a unique design, an interesting material pattern, or a distinctive colour block that contrasts with the room’s theme without clashing, and keep an open mind when viewing statement chairs with eye-catching features that draw attention and add character to the dining space.

1.   Wooden Dining Chairs

Wooden chairs offer a classic, sturdy, and robust option, blending perfectly with various decor styles thanks to their timeless appearance. No singular time period or furniture trend can solely claim wood as its staple design element, and as such the material is compatible with practically all room designs, able to blend seamlessly with your existing decor or stand out as eye-catching pieces.

Start by selecting a wood type that matches, or noticeably complements, your dining table and suits the overall feel of the room. Hardwoods like oak, teak, and walnut are prized for their finish and appearance, but also for their longevity, with sturdy construction and easy-to-clean finishes that resist wear and tear. Ergonomics also play a huge role in ensuring comfort, so look for chairs with supportive backs and good seat depth, and make sure that the chair’s height aligns with the tabletop to allow enough legroom.

When hosting gatherings, entertaining guests, or enjoying a meal with loved ones, ensuring their comfort should be your first priority, and having chairs with durable structures will offer reliable seating options for years to come, so opt for wood for a beautiful and functional addition to your home. 

2.   Velvet Dining Chairs

If you are looking to make more of an impact with the materials you opt for, then velvet, with its texture and rich colour depth, adds elegance to any dining space and is a popular choice for those looking to create a statement.

Swapping outdated or uninspiring chairs for velvet designs creates a classic, sophisticated space that impacts the wider rooms’ feel, making it appear warmer, more comfortable, and relaxing. The colour of the velvet also dramatically affects a room’s ambiance, depending upon whether you opt for lighter hues like grey and cream for a light touch, or darker tones such as burgundy, for a sense of opulence.

Comfort is key when it comes to velvet - high-quality velvet is more durable and less prone to crushing or marking, but velvet is widely considered an excellent choice for any chairs, with its plush, comfortable material that completes any design. So, look for chairs with a sturdy frame and well-crafted upholstery and opt for designs with ergonomic design, adequate padding, and supportive backs that can withstand regular use and enhance the dining experience with standout style.

3.   Leather Dining Chairs 

When it comes to stylish yet practical seating, leather dining chairs are a standout choice. Known for their unmatched durability, these chairs add a practical yet refined touch to any dining space, and their easy-to-clean properties makes them an ideal option for homeowners looking to create a family-friendly dining area without compromising their tastes for high-quality furniture.

When choosing chairs for high-traffic areas, prioritise leather that will withstand wear and tear, and retain its look and feel over time, such as full-grain or top-grain leathers. Leather’s versatility when it comes to colours and finishes means that you will be hard-pressed to find a chair that does not integrate into your interiors’ theme, but take the time to consider the style of chair that you want to opt for.

At Craughwell Furniture, we offer a variety of leather chairs, including designs that utilise small amounts of leather for eye-catching cushioning, or cover the structure for a striking addition to any home, so explore our full range today for a stylish set that offers comfortable seating and enduring style.

Elevate your interior with our full range

Whether you prefer the elegance of durable wood, the luxurious touch of velvet, or the enduring sophistication of leather, selecting the right set of chairs for your home will transform your space. So, keep this guide close by whilst exploring our full collection to help you make an informed decision about the perfect dining chairs for your home.

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