It’s Design Tip time, where I explain some simple design tips; things I get asked about often.
2 Chairs in One Space
This is a question I get asked a lot and it comes up when designing a space that has room for two chairs.
Should you use two chairs that are the same? Should they be different? Should they be upholstered in the same fabric?
It is great to have the space where you can use two chairs, either on their own or in conjunction with a sofa. You can absolutely use two different chairs in the same space. It can add interest, dimension and an additional fabric or texture to a space.
When using two chairs, here are some of my rules:
DON’T use two different chairs in the same fabric.
This can feel unsettling to the eye. Your space will feel pretty cohesive, yet something will just be off. Two different chairs in the same fabric can do that to you!
DO upholster two chairs that are exactly the same in the same fabric.
In the same vein, but kind of opposite, two chairs that are the same should be in the same fabric. Again, the overall feel of the room will just feel off if they are the exact same chair, but in two different fabrics.
Here are some quick examples of floor plans to illustrate.
Two of the same chairs, side by side = SAME FABRIC
Two different chairs = TWO DIFFERENT FABRICS
Here are a few other images I found to illustrate this idea.
Same chairs, same fabric.
Different chairs, different fabrics.
Not sure where the image above is originally from, but you can find it on my Pinterest Board here…
There are all kinds of possibilities when it comes to selecting chairs for your home. If you keep these basic “rules” in mind when adding two or more chairs to your room, you can mix and match or stay uniform and either way have a beautiful space!