As we continue with our "Design Rules you can Break" series, don't forget to check out our previous post: Mixing metals

This may be a foreign concept to some of you...not having matching chairs around your dining room table?! But, this is a great way to add interest to a space as well as give your home a designed feel instead of the ever so popular "right out of the furniture store" feeling. But before we go on and give you some tips on breaking this design rule, we just want to let you know that this design rule is not meant for everyone. A dining room can look amazing with a matching set of chairs!

What do you think of this quaint little country dining room? Of course with "breaking the rule" there are a few rules to follow that will help you get the mis-matched look just right. Notice the proportions and lines of chairs in the image above are quite similar.  The chairs, although different styles and shapes have a consistent height. You will also notice that the dining chairs become cohesive by all being the same color.

This dining room also pulls off the eclectic mix of dining chairs well. This is a more weighty collection, a little more masculine perhaps, but balanced well with the light color of chair and weathered wood. So what if you want a little bit of an eclectic feel but maybe not quite so mismatched? Here is one of our favorite ways to furnish a dining room.

So, what about round tables? Can you mix up the chairs around a round dining table as well. Yes! Although the image above is not the most amazing example, you can see that using a collection of different chairs around a round dining table works just as well!

This rule certainly won't break the bank and will surely encourage some wonderful trips to flea markets, thrift stores and garage sales. It's a creative and less expensive way to furnish your dining space! What do you think? Are you a rule breaker?