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Wallpaper has been a primary designer-favorite way to inject personality into a dining room.

Herman Miller Eames Dining Chair Metal

While that still holds true, the lowly dining chair has been upgraded to superstar status in recent years as a place to add serious personality. Decked out in interesting wood tones, unique legs and enough upholstery choices to keep your head spinning, it’s the dining chair’s time to shine.

TOV Ada Gray Velvet Chair ($547)

From the female-founded furniture brand TOV comes the beautifully geometric yet comfortable Ada Gray Velvet Chair. It can function as an armchair at the head or foot of the table, or look cylindrically chic around a round dining table. If gray feels too pedestrian, it’s also available in black and pink velvet.

Bloomingdale’s Lenox Square

Crown Blue/Green Velvet and Wood Dining Chair ($379)

Designed in Italy by Balutto Associati, a father-daughter design team, this velvet and wood chair is a study of opposites: light and dark, soft and hard, function and beauty. Featuring responsibly sourced wood that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, it’s a CB2 exclusive that could take a dining room to the next level.


Arteriors Barbana Chair Ocelot Embroidery ($2,015)

Featuring a hand-forged iron body with pin-thin legs, Arteriors’ Barbana Chair in Ocelot Embroidery is a sculptural masterpiece. A solid cushion and bolster back done in a cream and brown animal print embroidery bring the chair to life, but it’s also available in four additional neutral upholstery options if that’s your style.

Mathews Furniture + Design

Oval Back Louis XVI Side Chair (from $1,099)

If a more traditional dining chair appeals, try an upgraded version such as the Oval Back Louis XVI Side Chair from Ballard Designs. The chair is endlessly customizable, with hundreds of fabric options such as floral prints, nubby neutrals and rich velvets. There are also five wood finish options, making for a chair that can fit seamlessly into any decor.

Ballard Designs

Herman Miller Eames Dining Chair Metal ($1,145)

Own a piece of design history in Herman Miller’s Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chair. It’s customizable with options for upholstery or plain wood, five finishes, 17 fabric choices, and four leg styles. The original design was conceived in 1946 and has since become one of the most iconic representations of midcentury modern design. If you’re not feeling it in the dining room, the chair is the correct height for a desk as well.

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STORY: Lauren Finney Harden

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