Decorate Your Dining Room with Mismatched Pieces

A mix of furnishings can give your home a fresh and unique feel.

Where once it was the height of refined decorating to outfit your home in perfectly matched sets of furniture, today more and more homeowners are finding the best way to reflect their personal style is with mismatched pieces.

Whether blending different styles, colors or materials, using a mix of furnishings can give your home a fresh and unique feel. Mastering this look requires a bit of finesse, simply placing any chairs around any table won’t necessarily yield stunning results.

Photography by Bret Gum
The black and white gingham pattern accentuates the color-coordinated scene on each chair’s back rest.

If you want your dining room to feel more curated than slapdash, a thoughtfully collected space as opposed to catchall student housing, take styling cues from these four elegant and eclectic rooms.

In this French-country-inspired dining room, the homeowner and decorator paired a traditional dark-wood dining table with chairs updated with black lacquer paint and check and toile fabrics.

The formality of the large table is tempered by the styling of the chairs, which can easily be used elsewhere in the home when extra seating is needed.

This dining set has a fun, garden-inspired feel thanks to a set of dining chairs painted in complementary floral tones.

The paint job highlights the detailing on each chair, making each curve pop against the contrasting dark table. White cushions further tie the styling of the chairs together.

Photography by Bret Gum
Photography by Bret Gum

In this dining room, a two-toned table is matched with six walnut-stained chairs to complement its top and two whitewashed chairs to complement its legs and base. All eight chairs have the same seat upholstery unifying the warmly rustic look. Remove a leaf and pull back the whitewashed chairs for a new look.

Photography by Bret Gum
Photography by Bret Gum

This look can be carried through to your outdoor dining spaces. Here, a chippy green vintage table is set with fresh white Adirondack chairs for a casual and inviting spot perfectly suited for lazy summer breakfasts.


Set a Romantic Garden Table for Summer

Romantic gardens beg for outdoor entertaining, especially in the summertime. Create the perfect outdoor dining room by setting a garden table that is as functional as it is romantic.

Set a romantic garden table by combining textures and treaures from your garden and home.


Table cloths are not limited to the house. Drape burlap over your patio table to cover stains and wear without the predictability of plastic outdoor cloths. Just before the guests arrive, create stylish sophistication by covering patio chair cushions with soft fabrics.



Bring the charm of your collectables outside and put them to good use. Antique pitchers make for perfect vases to display your garden’s blooms. Smaller pieces can house items such as silverware and straws. Don’t be afraid to serve food on real dinnerware as it creates an especially romantic finishing touch.



Cages over food not only help keep garden critters at bay, but add layers of interest to your table setting. Using real cloth napkins gives a special romantic touch while a simple color pallet gives guests a relaxing atmosphere.



Having your outdoor dining table tucked away in the gardens offers a secret and romantic feel. When creating your garden’s entertaining area, build a simple cover to highlight that “tucked away” feeling. Adding lighting in the form of sting market lights or old chandeliers adds yet another romantic touch.