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 founder and principal interior designer of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio). She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to be known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges that she is a rare breed, and enjoys splashing her signature touch throughout when designing.

However, she is incredibly obsessed with extremely bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and lives for going outside the box and breaking outdated design rules. The motivating words – I dare you – keeps her motivated and overcharged. Her 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!

Besides being a crazed football chick who is also addicted to chocolate, Kimberly is a global traveler who adores modernism and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

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