If there’s one style of dining chair that’s been around for hundreds of years and yet remains relatively unchanged, it has to be the Windsor chair. Recognised the world over but more commonly seen in English and American interiors, the Windsor chair is an absolute classic style of chair that continually pops up in interior magazines and homes all around the world. Given their popularity overseas, it does surprise me quite a bit that we don’t see them very often here in Australia.
Having said that, the dining chairs in our own home are in fact, Windsor chairs! I bought 8 of them on Gumtree about 5 years ago although they were a plain timber stain and looked just a tad old fashioned. So, what’s a girl to do? Paint them of course! I chose classic black and I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of compliments we have had on them over the years. They’ve been one of the few items of furniture we haven’t rotated or sold (our dining table has been changed 3 times in 5 years!) and I think they are ideal for more casual or informal dining, like in a family kitchen area.
I am considering repainting ours however, although choosing a colour is not so easy! I’ll probably have to wait until we get a new kitchen dining table, but in the meantime I’m enjoying doing a bit of “Windsor research”!!
You know, maybe I won’t repaint my Windsor chairs after all!