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Eclectic Seating Ideas to Make Your Dining Room More Comfortable

Dining room décor can often have a reputation for being “stuffy” or “boring”. To make the room more inviting and unique, some people have made the decision to feature eclectic seating in their dining room. By going this route, you can let go of some of the formal décor in favor of something more casual and fun. The laid-back vibe of this eclectic dining room is one that will truly stand the test of time. Check out this guide for suggestions on how to add some eclectic seating to your dining room.


The best part of going eclectic with your dining room seating is that it’s almost impossible to mess it up. In fact, the crazier and more abstract you are with your seating, the likelier that it will actually all work together. Eclectic spaces have the advantage of being extremely versatile. Since a variety of elements can be combined, it’s possible to create a room that mirrors other spaces in the home, yet has its own distinct style. Don’t be afraid to mix and match chairs. Perhaps on one side of your dining room table you have small metal barstools, and on the other side, you have a rustic, wooden bench. Add in some mismatched end chairs and you now have a completely eclectic seating arrangement.

You can also mix in furniture pieces from various time periods to extend the eclectic feel. Mixing furnishings from different time periods also works well in BoHo spaces, where midcentury pieces can be combined with antiques for a truly diverse feel.

If you don’t like the idea of chairs looking completely different, or don’t want to be completely abstract, find multiple chairs from various shops – department stores, flea markets, garage sales, antique stores, etc.  – and paint them all the same color. You can then experiment with various table décor and cushion patterns. This provides an eclectic, yet uniform, look to your dining room. 


Pillows and cushions are an easy – and often inexpensive – way to add an eclectic vibe to your dining room seating. Various patterns can add pops of color, creating an eclectic look to the room. While you can be creative with your patterns and textures, make sure to consider the overall palette of the room. For upholstered chairs, cover each chair in a different fabric found within the color scheme. For bench seats, add throw pillows in a mix of vibrant colors and patterns. Polka dots, strips, botanicals, and geometrics will all work well.


Painting and reupholstering your dining room chairs are a quick way to update the style of your dining room yourself. Whether you paint the chairs the same color or different colors, the choice is up to you. There are many different do-it-yourself projects for creating dining chairs for your eclectic room. A unique seat is just the thing to set your room or event apart. One idea is creating dining chairs using old pallets. Click here for a complete list of options for adding DIY chairs to your room, or here for a fun DIY faux fur chair cover.

Adding an eclectic touch to your dining room is an easy and fun way to add some style to a room often considered boring. By playing with your dining chairs and accents, you can make this a room that friends and family long to gather in for many years to come.

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