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Choosing an armchair: Spring/Summer ’18 collection

Choosing an armchair comes with many decisions, but unlike when choosing a sofa where you would usually have to consider the size to accommodate other people, you can tailor your new armchair to your own needs and preferences. There is something very satisfying about curling up with a good book in your favourite comfortable spot, so getting the right chair for a cosy corner may require some thought! An armchair does not necessarily have to match your current sofas, but it should complement it and of course, be comfortable! And remember, an armchair is not just for the living room, a stylish, well-placed chair also has a place in other rooms of the home, such as the bedroom or hallway. To help you decide which armchair or accent chair is right for your needs, we’ve taken a look at what factors you should consider, along with our new range of Spring/Summer ’18 chairs for that all important inspiration.

Style

An armchair reflects your chosen style and personality while complementing the environment that you live in, so picking the right style for your home is an important factor. Do you want a lovely, laid-back number, something to pop in the corner of your bedroom or do you need something that can withstand little hands and pets? Deciding your chosen style and needs at the start will help along the way. If you want to encapsulate comfort, try a traditionally styled armchair, the kind of chair you can’t wait to get home to at the end of the day and curl up on! Our Duke armchair features a beautiful high-winged back and wide seat that perfectly suites this style and features a timeless look that would suit many styles of homes. Similarly, our new Walter armchair boasts an incredibly comfortable seat cushion and wide arms, typical of a traditional preference, but our Walter would look equally as appealing in a boldly patterned fabric making it easily adaptable into a more contemporary setting.

This is one comfortable armchair, you will not want to share

Duke armchair in Woad soft wool

For an eye-catching and inviting appearance, choose an armchair that contrasts with your sofa

Walter armchair in Abstract Square in Guava by Tamasyn Gambell

If you’re looking to add an armchair to your interiors to create a little character or as a focal piece, choose a style that is recognisable as a standalone piece. Our Art Deco inspired Harper accent chair does just this and will draw the attention of anyone who walks into the room with its beautiful fluted back design. Larger than the usual style that harks from this era, Harper gives you plenty of space to showcase this wonderful style, but also room to get comfortable and sit back and enjoy a cocktail or two if you wish!

Laid-back lounging, 1930s style

Harper accent chair in Lychee and Jet smart velvet 

Size

Considering the size of your room with the chair is about as important as the level of comfort your chair brings. If you live in a smaller space, then opt for a more slim-lined style with tall legs, such as our Jetson. The legs will maximise the appearance of space within the room.  Jetson is also ideal to sit in other areas of the house, such as in the bedroom to add a pop of colour or texture, in the hallway when you need a little assistance putting on your shoes or pulled up at the desk in your study. If you have more space to play with it and you can introduce a larger scale chair, then our stunning Louis armchair is perfect for making a statement. Its high winged back provides plenty of support for your head and the wing detail envelops you for optimum comfort.

One versatile chair, indeed!

Jetson in Blue Lapis speckle

The best way to make a grand statement

Louis armchair in Canary pure cotton matt velvet

Upholstery

You should be choosing an armchair with the intention of having it in your home for a very long time (our frames are guaranteed for a lifetime, after all) so do keep this in mind when deciding on fabric and colour. Consider, how will your armchair be used? Will it be for everyday use, where a soft, comforting fabric will be needed? Do you want it to make a statement, so only a jewel-like velvet fabric will do? Or will it be used by children to bounce off and pets to rest on, so a more durable fabric will do the trick? Here are a few of our favourites from this season: Leather: For durability and longevity, leather is an easy option to protect your armchair in a busy home

Parker accent chair in Matcha vintage leather

Velvet: Jewel-like velvets, such as our Jetson here in the popular Prussian Blue pure cotton matt velvet (right) not only provides somewhere suitable to sit when you’re looking for comfort, but the beautiful tone is also adaptable in a variety of home styles.

Jetson accent chair (right) in Prussian Blue pure cotton matt velvet

Pattern: Whether you’re looking for a subtle pattern to break up neutral decor or you’re venturing into decorating with pattern for the first time and want to go big, then upholstering an armchair in one of these fabrics is a great first step.  Choose a pattern that complements the dominant colour in your room to avoid colour clashing.

Minnie accent chair Waves Victor and Oyster Pink Victor by Ola

For our full range of armchairs and accent chairs, including all of the new Spring/Summer ’18 collection, visit sofa.com or click here: Armchairs

 

  • On 2018-02-14 By sofauk

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