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Wing Back Hostess Chairs | Love it or leave it

October 16, 2014

What are your thoughts on wing back chairs used as hostess chairs in a dining room?  I can tell you that I'm fully on board.  In fact, now that we've swapped our dining room for the larger space I've been itching to find a way to cozy it up.  Mostly it's been a miss with adding too many small things and creating too much visual chaos and none of the warm inviting feel I'm after.

Matthew will probably be super peeved to read this because he knows it means the two wing backs in our bedroom will probably have migrated to the dining room by the time he gets home from work.  He gets so mad when I carry heavy furniture around by myself but we have a different idea of my physical limits and I don't like having to ask for unnecessary favors.  And I like instant gratification and most of my rearranging happens when I'm the only adult home.

I love the idea of reupholstering them (myself?) in a solid color so I can rotate in fun pillows for some pattern and color.  We're planning on keeping our Christmas tree in this room despite it's new function so this could really be an immediate project around here.


So tell me, do you love or leave it?

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23 comments:

  1. I love the look of different host/hostess chairs but I think the type of chair has to flow with the other rooms attached to the dining room. Wing backs look great when the dining room isn't connected to a living room or study which also has large upholstered chairs. I think they'll look smashing in your space....can't wait to see pics!

    XO
    Amelia

    Ps- I also luge large pieces of furniture around yo my hubby's dismay. My issue isn't asking for help but rather the need for instant gratification;)

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  2. Love it! What a timely post, I've been estate-saling these last few weeks and it's my new favorite hobby! Last Friday I found 2 sets of 2 different types of wingback chairs and bought them both! One set is perfect for our dining room, narrower and taller backs with beautiful lines and my inspiration photo was that teal DR photo you posted. The other set is more traditional but with a higher back and is for the living room, now for a camelback sofa, secretary, and armoire! Holly Mathis posted about being patient when designing a room and she's so right, hold out for those "percy pieces". Show us pics if you move them! Mine don't have to be reupholstered right away because I do love the current fabrics but faded/yellowed from the sun, but I'll have them done down the road when I can commit to a fabric, so daunting!

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  3. Love! They add drama, warmth, and color to a room that can sometimes be a little stuffy and dull.

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  4. Looks great, but I think they are hard to sit in and actually eat. Most wing backs are much deeper than the average dining chair. For long relaxed dinners yes, but for everyday dining I think it would be uncomfortable for whomever is sitting at them and trying not to have dinner in their lap.

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  5. Love it! As long as the room can handle it, which your large DR can. Go for it sister!

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  6. LOVE IT 100%!!!! When we venture to start working on decorating our dining room, you best believe I will be having some major fun hostess chairs and I love all of these for inspriation

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  7. Yes! Especially with side chairs that are not upholstered beyond the seat.

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  8. Absolutely love it! If you reupholster, I hope you'll share a tutorial! Maybe it'll give me the courage to tackle it myself?! 😁

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  9. Love it!!! I based my entire dining room on the navy room above. Great choice!
    xo | thesequinedspatula.blogspot.com

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  10. LOVE! Desperately wish I had the space to do this!

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  11. Love it! I agree that they provide some needed visual weight! Also, be careful moving heavy furniture!

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  12. LOVE!! I'm just waiting to find the perfect pair to add to our dining room. Love this look! :)

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  13. I love (and have them in my dining room) when they are used as actual dining chairs, on the ends, but think they look kind of silly when used as extra seating, like in the first picture. Too much clutter for my taste.

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  14. I think that sounds like a great idea! Especially since now you have your dining room in a larger space! Can't wait to see how it turns out.

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  15. If the room is big enough to handle it, love it!!

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  16. Love the look of hostess chairs. I am debating this very topic myself! I love the look but want to find a chair that is more structured and firm because I worry the hostess will end up looking slouchy and that is no good. Can't wait to see what you decide!

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  17. Love the look! We have two in storage I might need to pull back out, but would love to reupholster too...maybe I'll wait for your tutorial :)

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  18. I definitely love the idea of hostess chairs being different than guest chairs, however, sometimes I think they can look a bit out of proportion...it has to be the right fit!

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  19. Love it. I say go for it, maybe with tailored slipcovers in case of any dinner spills.

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  20. Having wing back chairs in the dining room seems like a good choice, if it is spacious enough. Thanks for the post.

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