I always get excited when I work on a dining room project. It’s one of my favorite spaces that I like to design, add drama, and do some switching when dealing with seating. I enjoy addressing anything matchy-matchy. I do understand that some prefer a dining table with the matching chairs, and this can be a keeper for most. However, keeping the dining chairs because it is considered the norm is a definite no-no! Moreover, given my experience as a designer, why not make a dramatic statement with chairs that will give way to a more dominant color, unique pattern (utilizing fabric), or a finish such as metallic.

The overall point is to add a little bit of drama. I like to provide my professional opinion to help nudge someone that is in their comfort zone and scared of change. When switching out the original chairs, the dining room will not only become a relevant part of the home, but it will make an immediate statement. Trust me; when a dining room is functional and aesthetically pleasing to the eye, it is used more for the intended purpose. Bold colors such a vibrant yellow and electric red can be an ultimate head turner.

Design Tip: SWITCH OUT – For both my dining room and breakfast nook, I purchased two over-sized table bases (defined more as sculptural pieces). When it came to the seating, I purchased chairs that became a complement to both table bases.

Also, I adore a high contrast — for instance, off-white or cream chairs against a dark wood dining table, but the most important note to remember about color is that it can turn any space into something extraordinary and exciting!

Check out some stylish dining rooms featuring chairs that are sitting pretty and representing their position while taking center-stage.


Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio), and the Principal Designer. She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to partake of what is known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges, that she is recognized as a rare breed while splashing her signature touch when designing, which is considered extremely fun and exciting! However, besides being incredibly obsessed with extreme bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and the motivating phrase – “I dare you,” this overcharged and crazed interior designer lives for going outside the box and is not afraid to break irrelevant design rules. Her extraordinary obsessed passion for interior design comes from a deeply rooted philosophy, which is designing from within; from the soul, and it is always about living, breathing, and loving interior design!

Kimberly is addicted to chocolate, obsessed shopaholic, laughs hysterically just because, global traveler, football-crazed chick, head-over-heels in love with modernism, and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

Lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.