Surely not me!
As a lover of an eclectic vibe… pattern mixed with pattern, mixed with even more pattern, I tend to jump at the opportunity to infuse contrasting elements into design. Elements that on the surface appear to be unconnected but once placed together – into a composition – they read harmonious and seem to sing. A melody that I find both thrilling and soothing… yet others might find peculiar, perhaps even difficult to understand.
Haha… not to go off a tangent on the subjectivity of design, the point is this: sometimes mixing things up a bit adds to the charm, interest or DRAMA of a space. So I say… why not adopt that concept at your table? Creating a dining space that packs a punch, generates conversation and makes a statement can be easily accomplished simply by adding unexpectedly designed Host and Hostess chairs!
A Host and Hostess what?
You know… the chairs that flank the end of your table. Chairs traditionally reserved as seating for the Host and Hostess of the “event”… leaving all of the others chairs that surround the table for the guests. Most often, people tend to keep the Host and Hostess chairs uniform in style… having the differentiation solely noted by the addition of arms. Works for many… and to prevent anyone from perceiving me as judgmental, this homogeneous look can be appealing.
Why not add another dimension to the look of the room and to the table?
Mix it up, eh?!
Make the design of the Host and Hostess chairs completely different and make them distinctive. My vote? I am the one who would suggest that the chairs be mildly over-the-top… border-line obnoxious with their difference. An over sized pattern. A bold color. A noticeably different scale. A different texture. Even an added touch such as adorning it with nailhead. Something that sets them far apart from the other chairs. Haha… now here comes the trick. How does one implement this look in a manner that doesn’t read chaotic or random?
It all boils down to the virtue of design. Design is subjective… and for the most part, there is no right or wrong — beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder! Keeping that premise in mind as your springboard will make creating your Host and Hostess chair composition practically effortless. Truth is, there really aren’t that many nonnegotiables with design. If you allow your individual “design” style to be your guide, practically anything is acceptable and looks good!
Sooooooo, with that said… why not have a bit of fun?!
Take a good look at your surroundings and determine what you like. Pay close attention and REALLY determine what attracts you. How would you classify your style? Any recurring colors? What type of art hangs or leans in your home? Who utilizes your home… any parameters due to roommates, children, pets, etc.? What type of dining space do you have… any constraints?
Once you establish your outline, the answer (or answers) for the perfect style of Host and Hostess chairs will certainly follow. Half the battle is being confident that you are able to make the right decisions. We are intuitive about our spaces… and we really know more than we think we do about what will work. However… if needed, help is never far away. Soliciting the aid of a professional designer will afford (no pun intended) an appropriate solution.
As for me…
My husband and children greatly impact my dining space. Since we often entertain and “use” the space on the regular, my nonnegotiables stem around comfort and sturdiness. When adding Host and Hostess chairs to the table, the goal was to make them eclectic in style, find a practical user-friendly fabric (for the husband and kids) with a memorable overly exaggerated pattern (for me).
Two Martha Washington/Gainsborough style chairs… traditional in silhouette and upholstered in a luscious ikat print now flank my very rustic table. They were definitely worth the investment for I LOVE them! Absolutely makes an impact and adds a bit of “the unexpected” all while being comfortable and incredibly user-friendly. Haha… with each meal, we all fight over who gets to sit in them. Like I said, mission accomplished!
If you haven’t already found them… time to get started, eh? I guarantee that no matter the size of your dining table or space, a pair of unique Host and Hostess chairs will make a difference. Mark my words… you will not be sorry!
Pssst… now you know that I am a mere email away if you would like suggestions.
I’m just saying…