When decorating your living room, one of the most important, and therefore, the most significant challenge is choosing what type of seating you want to use. Should you get a big sectional or a sofa, or two sofas, or a sofa and two chairs, or just a couple of armchairs? What about poufs and ottomans? Maybe they would work better.
There are seemingly endless possible furniture types and styles available. Chairs are especially challenging, because there are so many styles and designs, finding the right look can be even more difficult.
Before you even step out of the house or begin to search online, there are a few things to think about when trying to find what style of living room chairs are best for your home.
Guidelines for Choosing the Perfect Living Room Chair Style
The first thing to consider when choosing a living room chair is form and function. This means assessing whether you like the looks of a chair and if it is comfortable. If the chair you are eyeing passes these two tests, the next thing to consider is scale.
You know how sometimes an outfit looks great on your tall friend, but on you, it is a disaster? This is because of the scale. The same is true for furniture. For example: if you fall in love with a cozy, comfortable overstuffed armchair, then try to squeeze it into a tiny living room that already has a giant sofa and ottoman in it, it won’t matter how cute it looked before, now it is hogging all the space in your living room and overpowering the rest of the furniture.
Before we go into detail about living room chair styles, here are a few guidelines on how to avoid an overcrowded disaster in your living room by getting the scale right.
1) Choose chair arms that are the same height as the chairs surrounding it. If you are starting from scratch, choose chairs that all have the same arm height. Seat heights can vary a little, and back height will certainly differ, but keeping the arm heights in line will create a more balanced feel in the space.
2) The room size will determine chair size. That’s why it is essential to measure your space and take into consideration any furniture you already have in it. Then consider the size of your room and the words that come to mind when you think about its size: Big? Kind of small? Not too roomy? Whatever your description, you want similar thoughts to cross your mind when you are choosing the furniture for it. This may not seem like the most scientific method, but it works. Also, keep in mind whether you are using a pair of chairs or just one. If you are using two chairs, make sure the pair won’t take up all the space in your living room.
3) Choose your living room chairs based on the style of the rest of the furniture in the room. If your style is modern, choose chairs with sleek lines and low-profile silhouettes to add a sculptural element to the décor. Their simple but eye-catching shapes and colors will either make them stand out or help them blend in, depending on how the room is decorated.
4) Consider the color palette of your living room. An accent chair can enhance your color scheme in numerous stylish ways. You can mix and match colors and chair styles to create a vibrant look, or choose hues that go with a neutral palette, whichever is your style.
5) It is important for the chairs to be comfortable. If you are shopping in person, do the “sit” test, which means, of course, sit in the chair. But not for just a few minutes. If you are serious about buying it, it’s worth 5-10 minutes of your time to let your body adjust to the chair and see if it really is comfortable for you.