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How to Pair Accent Chairs With No Stress

July 12, 2018

As I am here in Seattle relaxing, I finally have some time to seriously think about what kind of chairs I want to invest in for the living room. This whole process has been slow as molasses for me. Usually I have things decided in a quick instant and I have it set up within […]

As I am here in Seattle relaxing, I finally have some time to seriously think about what kind of chairs I want to invest in for the living room.

This whole process has been slow as molasses for me.

Usually I have things decided in a quick instant and I have it set up within a week!

So far it has been a few months of limbo and I feel it is really time to pull the trigger.

Biggest delay in all of this? What two side accent chairs to place opposite of the sofa.

Accent Chairs Dilemma

There are three things I consider when buying chairs.

First, is style and fabric/material. My sofa is a beautiful heathered gray. Since my room is darker, I want to lighten things up as much as I can.

Adding two leather chairs opposite the grey sofa seems like a great balance.

Second, is cost. Knowing my fickle ways, I want to get something classic and unique at the same time. You know what that means right? It usually costs a pretty penny. So I need to choose carefully!

But with the internet at our fingertips, finding items and cost comparing has been so much easier.

The third consideration is ergonomics. Translation: it must be comfy to sit on. My oldest daughter loves to read in this room. Honestly, this room is kind of hers. She loves hanging out here! So whether it is the sofa or chairs, it must be warm and inviting and very comfortable to sit on.

Let’s take a look at a few pairings I am considering!

Safari Chairs

I must admit, if I have a million dollars, one of the first things I would do is buy a pair of vintage Safari chairs.

Not only has this Danish design been around forever, it is a timeless look that evokes cool, lounge like vibes.

Who wouldn’t want to sit in one and sip a glass of wine?

Image Credit: Marie Claire France

I am fascinated by the history of this style.  Rooted in the campaign furnitureof the 19th century,  Danish furniture designer Kaare Klint designed his first safari chair in 1933.

Many other furniture designers put their own twist on it.  Due to this design’s long history, it’s no wonder I see so many  different variations — all with their own distinct allure.

Image Credit: My Scandinavian Home

See how these two safari chairs are placed right opposite of the sofa.

This is exactly how I envision the new living room.

As I was perusing Pinterest (of course) this pretty scene popped up. I have never seen leather safari chairs like these! I think I would melt in these buttery chairs.

Image Credit: Pinterest|Organized-Clutter

Metal Framed Modern Vibes

Image Credit: Amber Interiors Shoppe

Metal framed chairs are another option that has caught my eyes.

In the above photo, black thin metal frames paired with leather satchels, is a different unique way to offer casual seating.

I chose this picture to give you an idea of what I am striving for since we have the same room configuration.

The side chairs delineate the dining and living room.

This is the ultimate design solution for our space as well.

Image Credit: Pinterest| pinimg.com

These look so pretty and functional in a dining room too!

Can we talk about those lights? I love new ideas found on Pinterest, don’t you?

Image Credit: PreciouslyMe.com 

Again, two side chairs opposite the sofa is definitely a classic way to define a room.

Neutral and Cozy

A sure fire way to cozy up a stark or busy room is by way of neutral fabric wooden framed chairs.

Image Credit: Studio McGee

I love showing you a great living room layout with this aerial shot. If I had enough room, I would line the side wall with another sofa as well. 

However the entry way competes with the space so I have not figured out a great option yet.

Here is another great example of utilizing neutral fabric chairs albeit patterned opposite a sofa. It adds the quintessential California casual vibe that I love!

So today we visited three distinct types of accent chairs to pair with your sofa. Which ones spoke to you?

I am undecided but check out this blog weekly and follow along until I finally pull the trigger! The final date I am giving myself is early Fall but I sure hope I make a decision by August!

Happy day!


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