Recent chairs use an incurved side design that looks fantastic, elegant, and classic.
Details ironically are this chairs best asset! The legs even have choices from straight edged or tapered and saber styles.
You can get these legs in bare wood or upholstered as well! This adds a nice protective element (for your floors i.e. wood and even carpeting) to the chair.
If you don't want to upholster the legs you also have an option of a skirt, plain or pleated for charming aesthetics.
Some of the clues that we're living in a caffeinated society (coffee drinkers abound) is evident in the names of some of these delicious wood types for parsons chairs- Chocolate Espresso and Cappuccino!
You will actually see these chairs AT Starbucks Bistros!
Lighter wood choices are also available such as (still delicious sounding description words) Honey-toned-oak. Both of these go great with the most modern aesthetic of all- Leather.
You can get leather in just about any color these days, but the white, rich browns, and black seem to hold up the best in various configurations (color schemes).
Vinyl and microsuede are also available. People generally like these in solid colors because they can more easily blend them into their living room, dining room, or other areas.
With today's slipcovers for parsons chairs you don't really need to worry about it.
If you find a parsons chair at a garage sale and it's a bit beat up- a slip cover will make it brand new again!
The patterns available today are staggering. What you want for this chair is elegance and simplicity.