Design Dilemma: Choosing Chairs for a District Dining Table

Design Dilemma: Choosing Chairs for a District Dining Table

User Discodaisy33 recently posted this query on our Questions board:

I like That the District Dining Table from Crate and Barrel. Would you recommend some seats which would look good with it, and prevent from being overly industrial? I like the metallic seats, but feel as though they make the table feel a bit unpleasant. Thanks for your help! (I’m going to paint my kitchen a green color, but haven’t picked one yet.)

The metallic seats she cites are the Lyle Side Chairs which Crate and Barrel shows with the table (they’re a take on metal French cafe chairs). Discodaisy33 describes her style as contemporary/traditional (we’ll call it transitional). The kitchen is large and the family will likely spend a good deal of their time pulled up to this table.


District Dining Table – $799

What is great about this particular table is that it is a versatile piece. It may play host to a slew of unique seats and light fittings to go more conventional, transitional, eclectic or contemporary. The top in this picture is a little deceiving; it is not black, but rather a gray galvanized steel.

Here is Discodaisy‘s kitchen at its current condition. The massive room can surely handle a much larger table/eat-in area. The dining table and seats are a great opportunity to add some unique specifics.


Village Foglie Green Side Chair and Stripe Cushion – $149

If you want to bring the green color in without needing to paint the walls, these hardy seats from Crate and Barrel are a great colour of apple, and also their large backs will stand up to the proportions of the table.


Terai Folding Chair – $198

These seats out of Anthropologie come in a range of shades and patterns. Clearly these are a batch you either”have-to-have-it” adore or have no interest in whatsoever — there is no in-between. If you wished to get a big mixture, you could select a batch of these to mix things up.


HENRIKSDAL Chair – $89.99

For a softer look, and more comfort during homework time, this upholstered chair is a great pick. The possibilities for fabric choice are endless, but this black-and-white floral reminds me of a popular remodeled kitchen on Houzz. With the sticky fingers of small ones around, you may want to check into the removable slipcovers option for the next ten years, just in case.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

Georgia Chair – $399

Here’s a more contemporary fabric choice and shape.

Pottery Barn

Tolix CafĂ© Chair – $199

I know Discodaisy feared going overly industrial with metal seats, but a choosing a bright color will lighten up the industrial vibe.

Design Public

Emeco 111 Navy Chair – Red – $245

Similarly, the classic Emeco Navy Chair now comes in bright colours, toning the industrial texture.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

French Cafe Chairs

The weave on those chairs will add some texture to her kitchen with French bistro style.

Design Within Reach

Era Chair | DWR – $150

Speaking of bistros, a classic bentwood chair in a fun color is a nice choice.

Ballard Designs

Constance Chairs Set of 2 – $299

1 final cafe/bistro option: that the curved”X” detail on the rear of the graceful chair gives it unique style. This timber will navigate nicely between the timber of the District Dining Table and the timber onto her cabinets.


Dalloway Armchair – $1,098

1 approach to to add some personal style to a space like this is to combine some arm seats to the ends of the table. If this is a bit daring for you, here is a more classic Windsor chair.


Tapered High-Back Windsor Chair – $449

This unique high-backed chair is Windsor-meets-Frank Lloyd Wright. Because Discodaisy‘s kitchen is indeed large, the elevation is a great match for your scale of her kitchen.


STEFAN Chair – $19.99

This chair from IKEA is one of my favorite icons. The lines would work really nicely with the District dining table. I have painted the hand-me-down variation I’ve many times, using it all over the house. Additionally, the cost is an incredible $19.99, which might leave some $$$ to get a new light fixture or area rug to your space.

Lamps Plus

Circolo Collection Olde Bronze Rectangle Chandelier | – $620.91

Speaking of light fittings, when Discodaisy gets a bigger rectangular desk, she can use a bigger light overhead to provide the entire area more presence. The finish on this one is going to play nicely off the dark accents in her kitchen.

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