Which Chairs Would You Choose?

by Sherry
This is the table I bought at the Polka Dot Flea and I need your help deciding on which chairs to use.  The
table is in our eat-in area off the kitchen and it is where we eat most meals.   I purposely didn’t decorate the
top so you could just look at the chairs.
Here are my two options (for now).
You never know when I may come home with even more chairs.
Sorry about the terrible picture quality!  My camera stopped working so I am using a point and shoot until
my (8 month old & expensive) camera is repaired .
You can see the dark wood chairs in The Kitchen Tour of our previous kitchen.  Boy, I miss all those
You may remember the buffalo check chairs from The Painted Frenchy Chairs Post.
There is still lots to do in this room but before I go further I need to decide which chairs to use.  I am
looking for a light fixture to replace the one over the table and the burgundy roman shades will be changed.
The room also needs some architectural interest so we are considering bead board or wainscoting and
 adding molding around the window.
Back to the chairs….which would you use?
If you don’t like either choice that is okay too.  I am open to any suggestions and appreciate your help.

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AntiqueChase June 16, 2014 - 4:48 pm

I think they are both nice but I really love the lighter chairs with the fabric!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home June 16, 2014 - 5:07 pm

I love the buffalo checked chairs!!

Lynn @The Vintage Nest June 16, 2014 - 5:30 pm

Hi Sherry! buffalo checks 🙂

White Lace and Promises June 16, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Oh wow! Hard decision! I like the way the black chair continue to black wall decor, but I love, always love the lighter scheme. The chairs with the blue look like they work better with that corner. I guess it's where you are looking from. Either would definitely work. I say switch them out from time to time.

Rita C. June 16, 2014 - 6:15 pm

One combo you didn't show us would be to do every other chair dark, light, lol – jk. I love them both – one for grounded continuity, the other for adding an airy feeling. Maybe a seasonal switch, even though FL never feels like anything but summer, would give the feel of the seasons.

Cindy Ritchie June 16, 2014 - 6:16 pm

I understand that the black chairs work with the black cabinet but I love the lighter chairs. I like how the black cabinet pops with the buffalo checked chairs and becomes a focal point.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest June 16, 2014 - 6:45 pm

I do like them both very much and initially my response was an emphatic lighter ones! BUT once I saw that awesome black hutch on back wall – go with the black chairs…or paint that black hutch lighter to match the plaid………so stick to black with black or lighter and lighten up the hutch.

Always have loved your tastes.


Poppy June 16, 2014 - 7:05 pm

Hi Sherry,

Ah, those beautiful blue and white buffalo check chairs are such a fine and understated complement to the pretty plate wall and I think lighten up the atmosphere, sweetening it with charm.


Debra June 16, 2014 - 7:18 pm

I like the lighter colored chairs. A lot. What a dilemma!

At Rivercrest Cottage June 16, 2014 - 7:39 pm

quandary. I like the buffalo check and style of the chair with the table, but like the different color of the others. Maybe you might paint the chairs or the table a different color as they might be too matchy-matchy??? I'll bet you didn't want to hear that. 🙂

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions June 16, 2014 - 8:07 pm

I like the white chairs with the table, but I think that's only because they are white, Sherry. I like the casualness of the armless darker chairs. Would you consider painting them white or are you planning on painting the table? Sometimes I leave something in place for a few days to see if I like it.

Janette - The2Seasons June 16, 2014 - 8:08 pm

Buffalo check for sure!

Hartwood Roses June 16, 2014 - 8:28 pm

I like the lighter chairs … the table disappears when you put it with the dark chairs. A rug on the floor may help with this … but you didn't ask about a rug now did you. 🙂

Sheila June 16, 2014 - 9:28 pm

Well, each of us have different tastes and styles but I think the buffalo check chairs work best. Can't wait to see more of your new house.

Sheila June 16, 2014 - 9:30 pm

Another suggestion is that you could use a buffalo check chair on each end and two black ones on each side of the table. Wonder how that would look?

Mari June 16, 2014 - 9:57 pm

I loveeeee the buffalo check chairs, the fabric is gorgeous..
Hope you keep them with your pretty table they go together beautifully 😉


Rebecca June 16, 2014 - 10:00 pm

Hmmmmmm. I guess I'd sit on them (and let family sit on them) and see if one or the other styles is more comfortable. You can always paint them, right?

Personally, I kind of like the dark ones…..

Anonymous June 16, 2014 - 10:28 pm

Love the lighter chairs and the pretty checked fabric! Michele

sissie June 16, 2014 - 11:07 pm

Hi Sherry,
Definitely, hands down…the buffalo check, lighter chairs.


Happy Cottage Quilter June 17, 2014 - 12:05 am

I like the lighter chairs, and would probably paint the hutch to match the table.

Pamela June 17, 2014 - 12:20 am

Go with the Buffalo Check for sure Sherry!

Susie H. June 17, 2014 - 1:08 am

I love the buffalo check chairs with your new table! The black chairs with the light table looked a little too jarring. But I could see the other chairs working if you painted them. I think you need to consider the comfort of each chair.

Jennifer Schmitz June 17, 2014 - 3:00 am

I really like both but with your décor I prefer the fabric/frenchy chairs with the buffalo checks.

At The Picket Fence June 17, 2014 - 3:08 am

They're both beautiful so this is a good problem to have Sherry! But I think my favorite is the buffalo check! 🙂

The Polka Dot Closet June 17, 2014 - 3:15 am

I am going to say the light chairs….Now I am going to go back and see if I am in the majority or minority because I am a lighter shabbier loving girl but, that doesn't mean I am in the majority! lol


Curtains in My Tree June 17, 2014 - 3:16 am

Oh I think the checked seated chairs are the prettiest and they pick up the blue from your dishes

Yvonne @ StoneGable June 17, 2014 - 3:20 am

Sherry, that table looks great! What a find!!! I love the buffalo check chairs. They don't overpower the table and the fabric is sensational!!! Go with the buffalo!

NanaDiana June 17, 2014 - 4:05 am

I love the light chairs but either will be just lovely. It is fun to have options, isn't it? Looking forward to seeing what you pick- xo Diana

sweet violets June 17, 2014 - 5:17 am

The lighter chairs with the check upholstery work better. Not liking the black at all, too dark, too bold.

Pamela Bolton June 17, 2014 - 5:50 am

Oh, such a problem, better or best! I think that you should go lighter in your new Florida home. Both look comfy and both are really pretty, but I have a thing for buffalo check. Can't wait to see what you decide.

Anonymous June 17, 2014 - 10:27 am

Buffalo check. Large scale curtain rod hung high with colorful panel drapes. Paint shelved piece to coordinate with new drapery. Statement chandelier will make a big difference, too. Drapes may eliminate need to trim windows and add wainscoting, both of which may make the space seem smaller by dividing wall height. Have fun!

Sheryl Red Tin Inn June 17, 2014 - 10:35 am

I like the lighter chairs …Lovely room…

Sheryl Red Tin Inn June 17, 2014 - 10:35 am

I like the lighter chairs …Lovely room…

Anonymous June 17, 2014 - 12:03 pm

Definitely the light chairs, they compliment the table and the fabric brings in softness…can't wait to see which lighting you choose…took me a year to pick out a Chandy for our breakfast room!

Anonymous June 17, 2014 - 12:14 pm

I like the light chairs. Probably because I too have a white table and tried my pine ladder backs with it for awhile, then brought in some cane back chairs I had painted French blue and white. They just look "right"

Dolores Romack June 17, 2014 - 12:14 pm

Hello Sherry,
The buffalo check chairs! They are pleasing to the eye with the beautiful table, look a lot more comfortable and a linen roman shade would complete the scene.
I also picture a fabulous, crystals dangling chandelier!

Ellen June 17, 2014 - 12:31 pm

I definitely like the more casual look of the darker chairs but I feel like they are a little dark.The lighter chairs are very nice but seem a little formal for an eat-in kitchen. I think the darker chairs would be very nice if painted a lighter color.

[email protected] Designs June 17, 2014 - 12:58 pm

I love them both….how about the light buffalo check for the spring and summer months and switch to the darker for the fall and winter; however, if you are looking for a more permanent solution then I love the light buffalo check for sure!…

Peggi Allen June 17, 2014 - 1:59 pm

Like the majority I like the lighter chair. I want them for my home. Can't wait to see what you choose.

Kathleen Bolton June 17, 2014 - 3:02 pm

I love the lighter chairs!

Anonymous June 17, 2014 - 3:07 pm

The lighter chairs, definitely
Heather C

foxandfinchantiques June 17, 2014 - 3:17 pm

Everyone seems to be in agreement. The lighter chairs with the check look perfect from one angle, but when the dark piece on the other wall is shown, it gets complicated. If it were my house and I owned all the lovely furniture, I think I would paint the stand to compliment the table and chairs and focus on that lovely blue to accent and pull the furniture all together.

mary scott June 17, 2014 - 4:50 pm

I vote for the lighter chairs. If you were to put different colored tablecloths on the table, the darker chairs may look great to me too!

Susan June 17, 2014 - 7:58 pm

Love the lighter chairs! The black have no padding on the middle and would not be as comfortable!

Donna Wiley June 17, 2014 - 10:17 pm

The buffalo check chairs are my favorite. The dark chairs, while nice, tend to draw attention away from the table.

Sharon Avinger June 17, 2014 - 10:44 pm

LOVE the buffalo check ones best. They look expensive and give terrific style to the room.

Barbara Reeves June 17, 2014 - 11:56 pm

Buffalo check chairs. That shape chair is my favorite with any fabric on it.

Donnamae June 18, 2014 - 2:47 am

The lighter chairs are perfect! But, if this were my dining room….I would consider painting the buffet. There seems to be too much black on one side of the room. You are so good with decorating…I know you'll figure this out! 😉

Ellen June 18, 2014 - 3:48 am

I vote for the lighter chairs

lala June 18, 2014 - 11:39 am

Really like how the lighter chairs look – very calming to the eye.

Lucid Designs June 18, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Style-wise, I like the fabric covered chairs better with the table, but the darker chairs help to pull through the other dark furnishings that you have. What if you used a darker (not black) fabric on the lighter chairs?

Deborah Foglia June 19, 2014 - 1:16 am

First stop stopping by at your page. I am leaning more towards the fabric covered chairs.

Seeking Lavender Lane

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting June 19, 2014 - 1:40 am

I LOVE the buffalo check ones Sherry!!

Angela Merk June 19, 2014 - 12:12 pm

i would use both the light color chairs at the head of the tableand the black ones in the middle. i would paint the chairs the same color.

Patricia Krank June 19, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Looks like you've received a lot of opinions Sherry. Still, I'll weigh in and say I like the lighter chairs in this space. Can't wait to see the room complete!

Elaine June 19, 2014 - 2:18 pm

I LOVE the buffalo check chairs with your table!!! Beautiful!

Elizabeth Jernigan June 19, 2014 - 3:06 pm

Definitely buffalo checks! But I would Scotchguard them before my husband ate anything. ( You can figure out the rest). Seriously, the "buffalo" chairs are exquisite. Are they comfortable?

Emma Kate at Paint and Style June 19, 2014 - 4:54 pm

The dark ones PAINTED! I like to complicate everything. x

Anonymous June 20, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Although I love the buffalo check chairs, I like the black ones the best because for me, the white ones don't stand out.

Debbie V.

reFresh reStyle June 21, 2014 - 4:17 am

I love the buffalo checks! Either would look great, but the checks have me 🙂

Delores Arabian June 23, 2014 - 4:04 am

I love the light chairs with the Buffalo checks.

Anonymous June 23, 2014 - 9:37 pm

So many people seem to like the buffalo plaid and therefore pick the white chairs. I think they're too bland with the rest of the white in the corner. I say use the black chairs or…my favorite option…paint the white chairs black and keep the buffalo plaid covers.

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} June 24, 2014 - 3:04 am

White with checks all the way!
xo Kathleen

Nancy Reinke June 25, 2014 - 12:30 am

Light chairs with the buffalo checks. Great look.

Vel Criste June 30, 2014 - 7:50 pm

Oh my, your home is looking so pretty Sherry! Love BB is gone too!

Anita at Cedar Hill July 1, 2014 - 2:41 am

You probably already decided, but I ADORE the blue and white Louis XVI chairs. I just added some similar ones to the kitchen table at our farm. It really dressed up the place.


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