Dining room chair trends to watch out for in 2024 (and where to buy them)

These are the three dining room chair trends I'm enjoying right now (and where to snap them up)

A curated selection of dining room chairs
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For the past few years, I've been a fan of the mix and match dining room chair look. There is something charming and rustic about this trend for dining room chairs, bringing joy to your dining room table with different colors, materials and styles that come together in harmony. 

But recently, I'm craving something a little more uniform to give my dining room a bit more of a calming, minimalist feel. While I think the mix and match look is playful and fun, and it certainly has a place, it can often feel a little chaotic for those days when you're craving a calming evening round the dining room table. 

Looking to the recent trends in dining room design, here are three of my favorite dining room chair trends to look out for into 2024 and where to find them. 

Best cane dining room chairs

I'm seeing a lot of wooden dining chairs with cane detailing, bringing a distinctly mid-century feel to any dining room. The cane look is an easy way to bring texture and the warmth of nature into your home, so it can also work for a minimalist dining room

A great alternative to plastic, cane is naturally sourced made from palm leaves and woven to create a simple interlocking grid look. It's one of the most ancient techniques too, yet still manages to look great in a modern setting. Pair a light cane with stained wood or dark mahogany to really highlight the detail of the weave. Here are three of my favorites to buy now.

Best sculptural dining room chairs

Sculptural accent chairs that double up as a work of modern art are also having their moment. And it's not just in the living room. We're seeing these elegant, sculptural frames working well in dining rooms as people look to give the dining area a real entertaining focus and a bit of wow factor. 

I love the bucket chair style that provides great support when you're sat down to eat. With arms that wrap around the chair and giving your arms somewhere to rest, when not in use, they can be admired from all angles.

The downside of the more sculptural look is that they take up quite a bit of room, and if you're trying to squeeze six chairs around a round dining table, it might not work. If you don't have room for six sculptural dining chairs, you can go for just two accent chairs at each end of a rectangular table to bring a bit of drama to the space without overwhelming it.

Best utilitarian dining room chairs

Finally, the utilitarian look is really taking off. There is something retro and charming about a humble chair of this style. Made from wood, powder-coated steel, or even plastic available in an array of joyous colors, they feel elegant in a simplistic way. 

They are also a great dining room space-saving tool as you can stack them and store them away when not in use. Here are three I've found that I'd happily have in my dining room. 

Oonagh Turner
Livingetc content editor and design expert

Oonagh is a content editor at Livingetc.com and an expert at spotting the interior trends that are making waves in the design world. Writing a mix of everything and everything from home tours to news, long-form features to design idea pieces on the website, as well as frequently featured in the monthly print magazine, she's the go-to for design advice in the home. Previously, she worked on a London property title, producing long-read interiors features, style pages and conducting interviews with a range of famous faces from the UK interiors scene, from Kit Kemp to Robert Kime. In doing so, she has developed a keen interest in London's historical architecture and the city's distinct tastemakers paving the way in the world of interiors.