Oak Kitchen Chairs

The warm tones of oak bring beauty to any kitchen.
Blue and White Cottage Kitchen with Arched Windows

Blue and White Cottage Kitchen with Arched Windows

This blue and white country cottage kitchen features white cabinets, white columns, and arched picture windows. A rustic farmhouse table with intricate wood carvings serves as the focal point of the room. A vaulted ceiling extends the space and gives this kitchen an open, airy feel.

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This blue and white country cottage kitchen features white cabinets, white columns, and arched picture windows. A rustic farmhouse table with intricate wood carvings serves as the focal point of the room. A vaulted ceiling extends the space and gives this kitchen an open, airy feel.

By: Gina Hannah

Oak kitchen chairs are typically associated with a country look—with somewhat heavy and ornate furniture. But if you like this wood, you can find chairs in a wide range of styles, including contemporary.

Dress Up Your Design: Accessorize a Bland Kitchen

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Before: Too White Kitchen

Homeowner KellyAnn is ready to accessorize and add pops of color to her new kitchen.

Vintage Glass Containers

To dress up the kitchen, De Vargas suggests placing jars on the counter filled with candy, sugars or even packages of soy sauce — whatever you need handy.

Chalkboard Vinyl Square Labels

Label the contents of the vintage glass jars with rewritable chalkboard options.

Large Wall Letters

De Vargas suggests filling in the area above the cabinets with brightly colored letters and other fun accessories.

Vintage Handpainted Chocolate Pot

Featuring hand-painted scenes of geisha and Asian countryside, the vintage Japanese chocolate pot is another stunning and colorful addition for above the cabinets.

Hand-Painted Platter

Displaying beautiful dishes is a favorite way to decorate in the kitchen. Add this shabby chic-inspired platter with a hand-painted design above the cabinets.

Black-and-White Teapot

Featuring a whimsical peacock design, this black-and-white teapot is another perfect addition above the cabinets.

Parchment Prints

De Vargas suggests framing these prints and adding them as a collage to the area above the cabinets.

Tea Towels

"Love these hand-printed, Asian-style dishtowels for the kitchen or use them as napkins for an outdoor picnic," says De Vargas.

Upcycled Spoon and Fork Hooks

"Hang each of the towels on these cool hooks made from vintage forks and knives," says De Vargas. "Place them to the right of the stove on the wall for handy towel access."

Shabby Chic Key Rack

"Hang this adorable key rack to the right of the fridge or on a wall as you enter the kitchen," says De Vargas.

Antique Turquoise Canister

De Vargas suggests adding this beautiful canister to the kitchen, placed on the top shelf next to the stove.

Vintage Wall Clock

"Every kitchen needs a clock so add this wall clock above the stove for a vintage look. Love the mid-century look with your wall color," says De Vargas.

Homeowners are attracted to oak for several reasons. Because it is a hard wood, it's a good, durable choice for chairs. It is popular with furniture makers because of its strength and because it resists fungus and pests. It is also popular—with homeowners, designers and furniture makers—because of the wood's warm, appealing tones.

There are many different types of oak, but white American oak is the type most often used to build furniture. While your first mental image of oak chairs probably shows them in their natural wood state, another option is painting them to match, blend or provide a color pop in your kitchen. Or you can purchase oak chairs with a stain, or stain the bare wood yourself before adding a finish. In a good oak piece, the grain should show beautifully before painting.

To find oak chairs that will suit your both your kitchen's decor and your family's needs, there are many sources available. Your budget will come into play when choosing. Are you buying chairs for a kitchen table or stools for an island or breakfast bar? How many do you need? If you're on a tight budget, you can start with large discount stores and home improvement stores. Or take your search to antique stores or online retailers. Even thrift stores, estate sales and yard sales can turn up some good finds.

If you want (and can afford) a custom look, you can also go that route. Many designers and craftsmen will work with you to find the perfect design for your kitchen, whether it includes multiple wood tones, cushioned seats, or unique lines in the chairs' legs, arms or backs.

Amish furniture makers have become a popular source for oak furniture, including kitchen chairs. These craftsmen are known for building sturdy furniture that will last for generations to come, and the styles available vary widely beyond what would be considered "traditional" Amish, from country styles with highly detailed spindles and backs to Arts and Crafts-style pieces with sophisticated, curved lines. An Internet or word-of-mouth search should turn up good sources.

Once you've purchased your oak kitchen chairs, be sure to keep them clean, as dust and grime can settle into the wood's grain and damage it over time.

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