Sitting pretty Statement chairs for stylish spaces
LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT STATEMENT CHAIR? HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
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.
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.
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.