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Oklahoman Modified: March 19, 2010 at 10:42 am •  Published: March 19, 2010
Pull up a seat and embrace the traditional, contemporary or just plan funky side of the dining room.

Ethan Allen’s Josephine Armchair

Pottery Barn’s Queen Anne chair

Thomas Moser Pasadena Dining Chair

Very Good & Proper Canteen Utility Chair

Charles & Marie’s Chair Personality Socks

When it comes to decorating, the dining room is often the area of a home least infused with an individual’s personal style. Since the room consists of little more than a giant table, this is not surprising. All the more reason, then, for dining room chairs to make a big design statement.

“Each piece of furniture has a silhouette that defines its style and its contribution to that room. A dining room chair is a perfect example of how that’s done,” says Penny Law, owner of PCL Interiors, Charlotte, N.C. “Each element – including the legs, back, arms and fabric design – is important and helps to define the style of the room itself.”

Luckily, dining room chairs come in a vast array of shapes and styles to suit the needs of any design scheme.

“They can be dramatic and colorful, sleek and architectural, clean and simple or elaborately ornate,” says Nora Murphy, executive vice president of style and advertising at Danbury, Conn.-based Ethan Allen.

Here are a few particularly striking new seats that are sure to elicit oohs and aahs at next month’s dinner party.

Refined minimalist
“People should be careful to invest in dining chairs that are well designed, well made and comfortable,” Murphy says. Elegant and graceful, yet barely there, Thomas Moser’s Pasadena Dining Chair is just that: expertly crafted, with a clean, curvaceous design that exudes style while remaining understated.

Offbeat conversation-starters
Über-modern and ready to make a splash, these bold seats are perfect for the homeowner who isn’t afraid to stand out.

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