The Modern Farmhouse range is one of our most loved collections of indoor furniture, we don’t make changes to it lightly. So, why the switch up? We recognised there were some slight improvements we could make to it, not just in materials but the overall aesthetic. So we went about doing just that. The Modern Farmhouse dining chairs deservedly got the full makeover treatment too, subject to the most changes, and frankly they’ve never been better. Today we take a closer look at the range but these seats primarily.

Beautiful Fabric Dining Chairs Refined In Our Vision

We approached the reworking of these chairs from an aesthetics and livability angle, whilst further boosting their integral quality. We wanted to achieve a chair that truly reflected the space Inside Out Living has always adopted – effortlessly stylish yet for everyday use, “

says Inside Out Living’s lead buyer.

This meant the fabric seat pads were first on our agenda to improve upon, that isn’t to say the predecessor was no good, they were excellent and many a happy rump now rests on these, including around our founders’ kitchen table, no less. Instead, we wanted to see if we could refine some of the existing details and smooth the whole design out a little. Now the Modern Farmhouse dining chairs have seat pads that have a smaller weave per square cm ratio. The new pad also offers a tonal difference now coming in a paired-back lighter shade of beige, whereas before it erred towards a wheat brownish tone. We think it’s altogether that little easier to pair with decor and even other furniture, not to mention with furniture ranges as a whole.

Don’t Stress About No Distress - Embrace Putty

The finish of the frames to the tables, chairs and benches were the primary feature we wanted to look at a little more closely. With the previous version: the unique and altogether more rustic feeling pre-distressed appearance was key to its design. We felt that as the range evolved into its more contemporary form there was less of a need for this detailing, so we went about finding another suitably lavish coat of paint to give the entire range. Enter stage left – Putty. 

We’ve completely colour matched the whole Modern Farmhouse range with this appealing taupe-based shade. Our motivation with bringing this warmer Putty tone to one of our core ranges was to offer more personalisation and neutrality. A base palette to style against on your terms. It’s also that little more contemporary minded, while not straying too far from its rustic roots. In regards to the tables and benches, this is where the changes halt, their form and material makeup remains the same – reliable chunky reclaimed wood goodness that we’ve always loved.


Ladder back Dining Chairs

Whereas the Modern Farmhouse dining chairs have had a structural update, with two versions that now come in a ladder back design. This literal ladder-strut backed design is a high back dining chair when compared to the more rustic feeling chevron back design. To us, it gives that opportunity to offer that slightly more contemporary look, with its slender supports and simple design. A true classic for any home. Available in either a seat pad version or painted sans pad.

Modern Farmhouse Ladder Back dining chairs placed on a wooden floor
Modern Farmhouse Ladder back dining chair fabric seat - back detail
Modern Farmhouse dining chair ladder back style with fabric seats placed on a wooden floor

Northern Italian Chairs Produced In Our Vision

When we pondered our next move and Italy was considered as a manufacturing locale, it didn’t take too much persuasion to tempt our Buying team into a fact finding mission to the beautiful Udine province! The city of Udine, and synonymous province, is in Italy’s far North East, long known to be the heartland of Italian dining chair manufacturing alongside other similar industries. Our mission was tradition! We had wanted to firstly find a trusted manufacturer that stood for quality and understood our aims, but that would work alongside us to bring our vision to life. The factory we’ve partnered with is generations’ owned, refining their craft for just shy of 40 years, with a workforce of vast experience. The factory is also proudly sustainable, labelled one of the regions ‘eco-factories’, this means they prioritise sustainable practices like the use of vegetable based paints only and 100% water-based spraying, as well as largely sustainable timber use. We were able to pass along our exact specifications to them, and have really enjoyed bringing you the results. Indeed, Modern Farmhouse dining chairs weren’t the only range from our new partners, they’re in good company with White & Grey, the Burnham and the Selwood. We will cover these in some other up and coming articles. The quality and style speaks for itself, these painted/fabric dining chairs have swiftly become true Inside Out Living  favourites already.

Pair Seating With The Whole Range or Any Number Of Dining Ranges

Neutrality, neutrality, neutrality. It’s a weird thing to be obsessed with, but here in the product and creative engine-room of Inside Out Living we go kind of loco for the concept. It’s more about how using a mid tone for key pieces of furniture and decor then allows personalisation and injection of details. Shades of taupe, tonal greys, dusty pinks/browns and off-whites are so often key to the base colours chosen for our collections, because of the aforementioned reasons but also, neutrality never really ventures out of style.

So it’s with these core decor ideals that we moved to a putty paint tone, and a beige seat pad, for the Modern Farmhouse dining chairs. The other aspect to having our core collections in neutral shades is the ability it then has to pair outside of its own range. We’re always keen to add a stamp of personalisation where possible, with this range it allows the chairs to go with any number of other dining tables, but also the Modern Farmhouse tables themselves allow a ​​mix and match dining chairs scenario, as do our other ranges – White & Grey and Urban. In fact our beautiful new fabric dining chairs all allow for a mix and match approach.


It’s kind of an extension of the two previous points, but the neutrality of the new tone combined with the new frames all add up to a chair that is going to serve your home for many years to come. Our aim was to create a chair that goes the distance, and we think these certainly occupy that space.

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