The living room is the most lived in space in the house; one in which you spend the most time. This room, on a functional basis is the least specific of all other rooms but it is generally the one which gives most value to the entire home. Along with this, it is also the first room which you see once you enter, a room which represents you to the guests. Hence the decor and furniture of this space potray the sophistication of the home. It is a reflection of your style and personality. The most eye catching object of this space is generally the living room chairs.
A common problem people have is not knowing how to choose the right living room chairs. More often than not, people just push a sofa against the wall and add a chair or two without any thought on the design, style or structure. But getting the right furniture for the living room requires a little more planning. One of the most important things to consider when selecting the furniture is the traffic flow. There are umpteen choices of living room chairs or accent chairs nowadays but it is essential to consider various factors before choosing one.
Accent chairs can make or break the decor style of the living room. It can add a layer of style and interest by giving the room a fresh look. A beautiful accent chair will make the room look finished and classy. We understand that this can be a daunting task and hence we have complied a list of smart questions to ask yourself so that you can choose the perfect living room chair for your home. Read on to find out more:
1. Use of the chair:
The first thing you need to think about before selecting the chair is the use. You need to decide if you want to use the chair as a decorative piece of furniture or if it will get lots of use in terms of reading or watching tv. A chair which will be used a lot will need to sturdy and the fabric needs to hold up. If you want it to be decorative, then design and style can be given importance.
A comfortable chair that you can sink into would be perfect for a cosy reading nook but if you are looking for flexible seating which can be moved around in the room, look for chairs on castors. You can add a burst of colour and create a statement piece in a modern style.
2. Style of the chair:
Living room chairs come in varied styles- wingbacks, club chairs, recliners and so on. They can be trendy, traditional, patterened, solid coloured or graphic printed. Hence it is important to select a chair which matches your home style. The chair you choose needs to work with the colour palette of the home, have similar scale and best in comfort.
You can select the chair to match your primary style or can create a secondary style with a unique chair which forms a contrast to the existing decor. While making this choice, ensure that the chair doesnt overpower the living room. The chair should reflect your personality and decor. It is great to add some whimsy but it should not be too much of a deviation from the style of your home.
3. Comfort of the chair:
There is nothing worse than an uncomfortable chair in the living room. They will prove disastrous when you have guests over. So while style and design are important, the comfort of the chair forms the most significant criteria of judging the chair. The seating needs to be not too hard or too soft. It should be just right!
Ensure that the seats are wide so that there is no squeezing to stand up or down. You can choose a chair with an ottoman for that extra comfort and cosiness. The chair also needs to support your back. Hence choose one which gives immense support to your back and posture. Always choose function over fabulous while selecting the chair for your living room.
4. Scale and proportion:
The chair you choose needs to be a perfect fit for the space. It shouldnt be too big or too small. Scale of the chair is as important as style and comfort. A common mistake everyone makes is by choosing a chair of the wrong size for the space available. Hence always measure the space available for the chair before you make the decision. You can add a tape on the floor to judge the space it would take in the room to better understand the scale.
The chair needs to be in a similar scale and proportion as the rest of the furniture pieces in the room. A chair which is too large will overpower the look of the room making it an odd focal point. If it is too small, it would be lost among the rest of the furniture. If the sofas in the room are heavy, you should choose a large chair and if the sofas in the room are small, then select a slim and petite chair in the same room.
5. Placement of the chair:
The chair should be selected only once you decide on the area to place it. This will ensure that you have enough space for the chair without it looking crowded and cluttered. Try rearranging your furniture to make room for a small accent chair.
Negative space is very important in the room. Make sure that the chair doesnt invade this space.
Once you find the perfect living room chair, add some soft furnishings like cushions and throws to add some style. Depending on the space, you can choose to add a pole lamp, a side table, a basket for books and magazines or some art above the chair to bring in your personality and style to the room.
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