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Dining rooms: five table and chair trends for 2021

Jana Janssen

A large table and chairs for the whole family are the focal point of any dining room. In the new year, this is an idea that may also be expressed visually. Here are five fresh ideas on how to make a statement in your dining room with tables and chairs in 2021.

An einem langen rechteckigen Holztisch stehen Holzstühle in verschiedenen Farben und Formen.
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1. A unique mix & match effect

Not new, but more fashionable than ever in 2021: mixing different types of tables and chairs. It doesn’t matter whether you stick to one chair model and simply combine several colors or put together completely different types of chairs – you can choose how you prefer to do it. There is just one basic rule to follow: there should always be a connecting element. This could be the color, the type of wood or the basic shape, for example.

But it’s also important to match the height of the chairs and table. Most dining tables are about 71 to 79 centimeters high. Chairs vary from 43 to 50 centimeters. This means that the distance between the table and chair can be up to 36 centimeters. Most people find 25 to 30 centimeters of space comfortable. And, of course, the chairs should be able to slide completely under the table and not touch any table legs.

Tables and chairs assembled in this way look particularly casual and give your dining room a unique character. Every member of the family is bound to quickly find his or her favorite chair.

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2. A relaxed atmosphere with a bench

A table and four to ten chairs – that’s the standard. But how about putting a bench on one side of the table? This is also particularly hip this year. A bench will give your dining room a very inviting and relaxing modern look. The bench can be, but doesn’t necessarily have to be, part of a set with table and chairs – mixing is allowed here too.

Dining room benches come in many varieties: with a backrest or without, with a cozy upholstered seat or in sheer wood, freestanding or fixed to a wall. You can further enhance the bench with pillows, blankets or (artificial) furs. This will make sure it doesn’t look like the sort of bench you would usually find in grandpa’s corner or in a beer tent.

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3. A round fit

Round tables are popular for weddings and other celebrations because they encourage eye contact among all the guests and stimulate conversation. That’s why they will also be popular in homes in 2021. They offer the added advantage of being easier to place than a square table, especially in small dining rooms or alcoves.

Any type of chairs will fit a round table. The curves of the table don’t necessarily have to be reflected in the chairs, although this looks particularly harmonious. Besides, delicate chairs go especially well with round tables, above all models with a decorative base. Rocking chairs are also very suitable and create an open effect. This will ensure that the chairs in no way obscure the view.

Another advantage of a central base is that the chairs can be freely arranged around it, so you can add another chair for an unexpected guest as and when needed. As soon as it’s permitted again, you are sure to be able to enjoy cozy meals around the table with family and friends.

Round tables look particularly harmonious in combination with equally curved chairs.

Three wooden chairs are standing at a round table in an open kitchen-living room.

4. Make a bold statement

Fancy patterns, special fabrics or extravagant wood engravings – if you want to set a special emphasis in your dining room this year, statement chairs are the way to go. They immediately enhance any room and catch the eye.

Upholstered chairs with velvet covers in all possible shades are especially trendy this year. Soft and shiny, they provide a touch of extravagance while also being very comfortable.

Statement chairs are best paired with a plain table or a table that picks up on a design element of the chair. For example, if the chair has golden legs, a table with golden features is particularly suitable. When using statement chairs, you should furnish the rest of the room in a rather restrained way so that the chairs attract all the attention.

Four chairs with blue velvet upholstery and golden chair legs are placed at a round table.

Make a statement in your dining room with velvet chairs. They will look particularly sophisticated in combination with gold.

5. Show a bit of leg

But it’s not just chairs that want to make a statement in 2021. Tables can also be quite out of the ordinary this year: on curved or crossed legs, or on eye-catching pedestals. Make an even bolder statement thanks to material combinations of wood and metal, light and dark wood, or marble and metal.

Statement tables don’t tolerate competition and prefer to be accompanied by plain chairs that draw the eye fully to the legs of the table.

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Conclusion: dining in a special ambiance

For many people, the dining room is the center of family life. You can bring a breath of fresh air into your home and set a special emphasis with carefully chosen dining room tables and chairs. Maybe this will make it even more likely that your family will be able to get together for the next meal.

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