WHICH DINING CHAIRS WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

I’m back in Connecticut for the week and Will and I spent most of the weekend unpacking from Nantucket and straightening up around the house. I definitely have the decorating itch right now and I’ve been saving my pennies for a while now to replace our dining chairs. (You can see our current chairs in this post.) I’ve been saving lots of inspiration images and have it narrowed down to a few styles. I would love to hear which of these dining chairs you’d choose!

monika hibbs dining room with cb2 tayabas cane side chair

cb2 tayabas cane side chair

I’ve been in love with the CB2 Tayabas cane side chairs since the moment I first laid eyes on them and seeing them in action in this dining room by Monika Hobbs might have pushed me over the edge. I love the curved back, woven seat, and white lacquer frame and would probably want to have cushions made at some point to make them a little more comfortable.

ballard designs dayna side chairs in dining room

The other look I love is a Chippendale dining chair like these from Ballard Designs, pictured in the above dining room. It’s a classic style I know I’d never tire of and I love the sturdy frame and cushioned seat on this version, but I worry they might be too off-white next to our white dining table. If any of you have them, I’d love to hear your thoughts on how the color looks in person!

williams sonoma chippendale dining side chair in gray malin dining room

williams sonoma chippendale dining side chair

These Chippendale dining chairs from Williams-Sonoma are another good option (especially as they’re on sale right now!) and I love how they look in the shot of Gray Malin’s kitchen above. My one reservation is how thin the frame looks at the top and on the legs look… maybe I’m being too picky?!

dallas wardrobe dining room

one kings lane navy lucy side chairs

My one other thought would be to do something in navy like these chairs, a linen version similar to the velvet ones in my friend Amy’s dining room in their last house. They also come in a round version and are the most affordable of the options I’ve highlighted here, but I kind of have my heart set on either the cane chairs or one of the chippendale chairs above.

What do you think of these four? What chairs do you have in your dining room? Any opinions on which ones you think we should choose? Feel free to weigh in in the comments!

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  1. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the last 3! I think it would be easy to change up your decor with them, but the first one would be impossible to restyle later on. I think my favorites are the last ones, but I can see how 2 or 3 are more your style!

  2. The navy linen chairs from Ballard (non-round!) are my favorite hands down for a dining room. I love the Chippendales for a breakfast table, and those first ones from CB2 are beautiful too! However, the navy linen is such a timeless look to me. There really is no wrong answer here though, as these are all wonderful options!

  3. I love the cane chairs for the texture but as was mentioned, could be tough if you are hosting a big party. I feel like cushions are a must though because my Mom had cane chairs growing up and it was hilarious how uncomfortable they were on the back of your bare legs after sitting for a spell. Left horrible marks.. I like Amy’s navy chairs but velvet makes me nutty with kids around… and I’m always telling my nephew “don’t sit there” I think it would be a lot of white with the chippendale chairs but I love a navy rug to make them pop or Navy walls.

  4. We have the Ballard Design chairs , but in counter height. and grey. The seats are very wide and very comfortable and the way the are upholstered, they’d be easy to switch fabrics if you get tired on the plain linen. I entertain a lot and did events for a long time, i love the CB2 chairs but like Allison said, the arm chairs would be limiting if you need to squeeze in a few more guests. Definitely get a pair to use elsewhere, because they are fabulous.

  5. Thanks for sharing my chair DIY, Denise! Mackenzie, I own and absolutely love the Ballard Chinese chippendale chairs but they definitely read off-white rather than white. I found my set at a thrift store and the previous owners must have kept them outside for years because they were a total mess (I got the whole set for $47 which was the find of a lifetime). I spray painted them a crisp white and they are gorgeous now! This is what they look like all white: http://www.lifewithadashofwhimsy.com/2016/10/dining-room-reveal-and-subtle-halloween.html

  6. we have the chippendale style and i love them. timeless, classic and flexible. ours are bramble – and not white (dark brown wood) . but i love them. a lot.

  7. I recommend trying to sit in as many of your options as possible. The first looks gorgeous but uncomfortable however I could be off. A dining room chair should be comfortable so you can continue the laughs after the meal is done. I personally love the classic look of the Chippendale chairs. We actually acquired 6 when my parents downsized (legit steal) and had them repainted black and added a textured vinyl seat. With kids, it’s been wonderful and so easy to clean. I hope you keep your old chairs so you can keep them for extra seating. Maybe look for something new that would be a nice compliment for them. I wish you luck in your quest!

  8. I agree with #14 Sarah…I would buy two cane chairs and use them as host and hostess chairs. Cushions in a print of your choice will increase the comfort and beauty of your choice. I especially like the fourth choice in the rounded version. Upholstered chair seats and backs are particularly inviting in dining room chairs. You have great taste; I’m sure that whatever you choose will be lovely!

  9. just wanted to share my two cents about the caned chairs- I absolutely love the look BUT my family grew up with caned chairs as our kitchen table/main dining chairs and my dad would have to re-cane them once every year or every 2 years! They definitely wear at different rates based on the person’s weight, but just something to keep in mind. It’s pretty straightforward to re-cane them at home but you do need the right tools.

    1. Thanks for sharing my chair DIY, Denise! Mackenzie, I own and absolutely love the Ballard Chinese chippendale chairs but they definitely read off-white rather than white. I found my set at a thrift store and the previous owners must have kept them outside for years because they were a total mess (I got the whole set for $47 which was the find of a lifetime). I spray painted them a crisp white and they are gorgeous now! This is what they look like all white: http://www.lifewithadashofwhimsy.com/2016/10/dining-room-reveal-and-subtle-halloween.html

  10. I vote #1! I personally love the look but I also feel like the way you wrote about them shows that you really love them, too! There’s something to be said for a practical choice, but to me the trump card in home decor is always that feeling you get when you just KNOW you love something – that it speaks to you in a different way than just being practical.

  11. i love the cane chairs, but they do look like they could be uncomfortable, and they are probably size limiting in that you couldnt cram extra chairs around the table if you wanted to because of the bulky sides…

  12. My vote is for #1!! But I also love the Chippendale chairs. I have a white, round table in my apartment and have been searching high and low for chairs for it. Serena & Lily started making their Riviera side chairs without the arms and I’m getting ready to order a few of those to upgrade mine!

  13. hi! Love these options. I know that you don’t have little ones running around yet, but you soon will and thats a game changer. Everything I buy I have to think about how they work in a family setting with little dirty hands running around. As much as I TRY someone always gets dirt, sauce, wine, etc on something. I LOVE the woven chairs for texture. What if you mixture two styles? Two captains and then the others something else. You could also buy two different chairs and place them on either side of a console table or buffet to bring out when you need additional seating (those could become the captain chairs).

    Good luck! Anything you pick will look great!
    <3 Sarah

  14. I would totally go for the CB2 chairs. I grew up with the captains chairs from my grandfather’s medical practice waiting room as our dining chairs and at some point I realized how much having everyone in a chair with arms encourages relaxing and lingering around the dining table, such a nice feel for family dinners.