Chairs & Seating
Elevating your seat of wisdom.
When planning your home, one of the first things you want to do is figure out what activities will take place in the home, where, and how many seats are required for each activity. Having appropriate seating throughout your home is critical to creating a comfortable home - one you want to come home to and relax in, one you want to dine in, one you want to work in, one you want to meditate on. Read on for tips on how to find and create the perfect seating arrangements for your home.
Interior Design, Decorating
We love creating cozy seating nooks to sit and rest while putting on your shoes or reading the newspaper.
Chairs as anchors
In this open dining living room concept, we used different chair types to anchor each of the zones.
We didn't want the room to feel too heavy in this glamorous bedroom, so we found an acrylic based bench topped with a velvet seat cushion for the perfect balance.
This client wanted a neutral but funky dining room so we added a bit of pop by using a neutral fabric on the outside of the dining chairs and unique print on the inside of the chair.
This family needed extra seating in their room for guests so we found these x shaped stools that we placed underneath the tv console for easy use when guests visit.
Create an unexpected wow factor in a corner of your home with an interesting chair that can serve as a reading nook.
Bar stool options
There are endless barstool options. Make sure you know whether you need counter or bar height stools and don't be afraid to purchase a color that will stand out.
Mixing it up
If you have a mix of old chairs or want to do something a bit different with your dining room table, consider mixing and matching your dining chairs like we did in this home. It's an unexpected twist that works when done correctly.
Bold color choices
I dare you to pick a bold sofa color. For years, I dreamed of picking a colorful sofa but never had the guts to do it...until I just went for it. And I haven't looked back since. I was looking to invite in more light, love and abundance into my life. I chose a pink sofa to evoke unconditional love and hope. Pink is the color of compassion and eternal acceptance. I balanced the feminine energy of the pink by surrounding it with other colors that elevated the entire vibration of this living room.
Using chairs as visual distraction
If you cannot change unsightly heaters or architectural features in your home, you can hide them through visual illusion. Here, I added a rattan peacock chair and African Mask (Alocasia) plant in front of the steam heater. I was looking to bring in energy and creative inspiration into my life. The Alocasia plant represents seizing opportunities even when they’re risky. Just make sure you don't place furniture on or pressed up against the heater, for safety reasons.
Chaise lounges explained
Chaise lounges are for just that - lying down...and lounging. They also serve as extra seating when guests come over. Truth be told, I haven't done any lounging on this chaise but I do love the architectural framing and white leather covering the sofa, which add a touch of formal elegance and masculinity to this white, light filled feminine space.
Playing with heights
Not all seating is created equal. I found these Moroccan handmade poufs in Venice Beach, CA after deciding I wanted to create a meditation corner in my home. They came empty, so I stuffed them with clothes I had planned to donate to Goodwill. If you're afraid of adding color to your living spaces, poufs are a great way to start as you can mix and match various styles and move them from room to room.
Giving chairs a facelift
I love this chair and the other one it came with. These chairs have a story. Our family received them from a neighbor, and it’s the chair my Dad always sat in when handing out our Christmas presents. The original fabric had seen its fair share of wear and tear so I had them reupholstered. I found this beautiful reupholstery fabric at Joann Fabric and a local upholsterer recovered them. Voila, my chairs now have a new life.
Seating in tight spaces
One way to add the illusion of space in a small dining area is to use a round dining table. I wanted to play off of the round shape by using these Danish style curved wishbone chairs which also happened to fit snugly under the table. I did my research before purchasing these from Wayfair. Pro-tip - do your research to see if there are less expensive alternatives to standard styles.