Sit­ting pretty State­ment chairs for stylish spa­ces

LOOK­ING FOR THE PER­FECT STATE­MENT CHAIR? HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Home Beautiful - - CONTENTS - WORDS HOLLY BYRNE

THERE ARE MANY ways to in­tro­duce colour and char­ac­ter to your home, but none is quite as adept at defin­ing your own per­sonal style – or as com­fort­able! – as the quin­tes­sen­tial oc­ca­sional chair. From size and shape to form and fin­ish, a well-de­signed chair is of­ten the last for­got­ten piece in the puz­zle of in­te­rior de­sign. Read on to find tips and ad­vice from the ex­perts on how to lit­er­ally find the best seat in the house.

size mat­ters

There are three fun­da­men­tal mea­sure­ments to be con­sid­ered for your new chair: the depth, the height, and the area of floor it will oc­cupy. A good start­ing point is to com­ple­ment the size of other sur­round­ing fur­ni­ture. “Once you have worked out where your chair is go­ing, mea­sure the space and con­sider how much length, depth and height you have to play with,” says Chris­tine Found of Mel­bourne-based Sofa & Soul. Check each of these care­fully to en­sure the pro­por­tions of the chair match the space it will sit in. An overly tall piece may be ob­tru­sive, in­ter­rupt­ing the line of sight across your room. Depth is of­ten a ques­tion of com­fort, but in a small room an overly large piece could make too much of a state­ment and dom­i­nate your scheme.

shap­ing up

The shape of a chair comes down to more than just looks.

“If your floor space is min­i­mal, a curved-back chair with a shorter depth will fit into a cor­ner well,” says Coco Re­pub­lic se­nior in­te­rior de­signer Joy Si­mon­sen. A soft, curved piece might stand out in a clean, mod­ern space, but you should also spare a thought for its con­tour as you sit in it. De­cide whether you want to sit back, sit up or curl up – this may de­pend on which room of the home it will live in. “A curved chair suits bed­rooms bet­ter as its soft lines give a fem­i­nine ap­peal,” adds Joy.

“Don’t be afraid to ex­press your own style. Be ad­ven­tur­ous with colour and pat­tern” ~ Chris­tine Found, Sofa & Soul

Lis­beth chair, from $3404, King Liv­ing. chair,

In­dus­tria ‘Um­pire’ oc­ca­sional $3220, Globe West. Stock­ists, page 188

Mu­uto ‘Oslo’ chair in Tan­ger­ine, $3165, Liv­ing Edge.

‘Heir’ arm­chair in Pink, $3340, Ap­par­entt.

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