How to Choose Your Perfect Living Room Armchair
Picking the right armchair (or two) for your space and style will be a breeze with these hints and tips
With a little love and attention, an armchair should last for years, but the type of fabric your choose will make a difference to its longevity. Choose a fabric that’s right for your lifestyle – if you have pets, for instance, plush velvet may not be the most practical choice. If you have small children, washable loose covers are a sensible option, whereas in a more grown-up room, a fabulous fabric could be the perfect finishing touch.
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When picking an armchair for a more formal or traditional living room, try matching a pattern from elsewhere. Here, the homeowners have coordinated the armchair and cushion patterns, which in turn chime with the curtains, avoiding any clash and making the room feel serene.
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Try coupling a matching pair of statement armchairs for a dramatic effect. While perfect symmetry isn’t the aim here, the combination of the colour and dramatic shapes works well in the room, as the cream chairs pop against the deep grey walls.
Soft, buttery leather and a gentle tone make this armchair the ideal place in which to hunker down with a good book. The best thing about leather is that it ages beautifully – the more beaten up it gets, the better it looks. While leather can be costly, it’ll be an investment piece that will serve you well for years.
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With a rainbow of hues available, you’ll be certain of finding an armchair perfect for you and your space. The chairs in this seaside room are in perfect harmony with the sky and sea. In your own space, stand back and take in the colours both inside the room and outside the window, then consider which colours and patterns would work in the space – and which certainly wouldn’t. If possible, get a swatch of fabric before buying a chair to see how the colour comes up in the unique light of your room.
When picking an armchair shape, remember to take into account any windows, doors and other pieces of furniture to ensure a balance is maintained. Armchairs don’t have to be blocky and solid, so if you don’t have room for big pieces, look at lighter options. The chairs here work beautifully as their wire frames allow light to flood through them – anything heavier would block out light and break up the inside-outside flow – yet they still offer additional, comfortable seating when required.
Don’t feel two armchairs have to match. Even if your scheme isn’t eclectic, armchairs count as separate pieces and can coexist happily. The key to a considered look is to choose two beautifully designed chairs, and to give them room to breathe. Both of these seats make a strong statement in the minimal space.
This perfectly aligned living room is certainly easy on the eye. By picking a matching pair of armchairs and placing them side by side between the sofas, the scheme is balanced and restful. These neat chairs with small backs allow views through to the patio, but they aren’t lost in the scheme thanks to the choice of charcoal upholstery.
To make an impact in a room, choose a statement armchair. This classic Egg chair stands out for its bold shape and vibrant lime green colour. When picking a statement piece – especially if it’s an investment – try not to be swayed by fashion and instead look for a shape and style you love. That way, it will bring you pleasure for many years to come.
Armchairs are unlikely to be the first piece of furniture you buy for a room. If this is the case, consider the styles and colours of your existing pieces. The midcentury modern vibe in this room calls for armchairs that embrace the era, so these Danish-style chairs are ideal. With wood that complements the sideboard and greys that blend seamlessly into the minimal space, nothing in the room feels out of place.
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