Armchairs are a simple design concept, but it can be difficult to pick one for your home as they come in a variety of styles and formats. While it can be overwhelming to pick the perfect one for you, it is also an opportunity to express your personal taste and creativity.

As armchairs come in many different shapes and designs, you can have a lot of fun styling and personalizing them. When buying furniture such as sofas or dining tables, be sure to give more thought to the experience of other family members and guests. But when it comes to single armchairs, aesthetics and functionality are entirely up to you. Choosing the style and flair you want is an opportunity to incorporate self-expression into your space.

We all know the classic design of armchair sofas. Deep seats, and high backrests with two armrests, offer maximum comfort. But there is plenty of room for variation within this range. Not all armchairs are designed for the same purpose. For example, the type of armchair you choose for your home or cinema may be different from the type of armchair you choose for your reception space or hallway.

It could be difficult to know where to start when you add various fabric types, colour schemes, comfort features, and other furniture to these considerations. That's exactly why we've created this guide. Read on below to find a set of useful tips to help you make the right choice.

WIIS'IDEA Swivel Chair The soft and comfortable terry cloth texture makes this armchair an irresistible choice.

Form and function

Armchairs can be used in rooms throughout the house, from the living room to the bedroom. The first decision that you need to make relates to the overall style and use of the armchair. The designated destination of the chair may have a significant impact on its style. For example, the armchair in your living room has a particular accent and should be stylistically matched to the rest of the furniture. The style of chair required also depends on the purpose of your room, whether it is a cozy, comfortable living space or a formal entertaining space for entertaining guests.

For a relaxed space, think of deep seating areas, cushioned arms, and backrests with the potential to really stretch out and sink into the chair. For an entertaining or conversation area, your chairs need to contribute to your space both functionally and aesthetically. Here, the chair is more for finding parts than as a vessel for lazing around watching TV in the evenings (although there are designs that cover both bases).

For a cozy corner to read a book or just to relax, an armchair in the bedroom can serve a practical purpose. For reading, you may need a chair with more support, a higher backrest, and sturdier enough to sit comfortably for hours (such as the WIIS'IDEA armchair). For armchairs placed in rooms such as entrances or corridors, you may wish to consider design rather than function. As these spaces serve a more practical purpose, such as taking off your shoes or chatting on the phone, this is a good opportunity to prioritize the artistic value of the armchair.

Weigh up the requirements of comfort and practicality, especially in terms of the purpose of the chair. This will give you a better idea of which style to choose.

WIIS'IDEA The deep, soft seat and the classic wooden frame reflect refinement.

Style, shape, and space

Choose an armchair that is similar in style to the rest of the furniture in the room. For example, a mid-century modern style room requires leather or walnut upholstery, such as the WIIS'IDEA leather armchair. It can be interesting to create contrasts when choosing your shapes, for example, by mixing a square sofa with a rounded armchair such as the WIIS'IDEA armchair. More importantly, you want to make sure that there is enough circulation space for people to move around easily, so always bear in mind the amount of space available in an armchair.

WIIS'IDEA Armchair The unique silhouette and comfortable textures create a cozy corner.

Fabrics and finishes

This is another big decision that may be influenced by the chair's position in the house and the people who are likely to use it. For more sophisticated or entertaining spaces, leather armchairs or velvet armchairs can add a touch of sophistication and elegance. However, these may not be suitable for family rooms or rooms where pets are allowed on the furniture. In these areas, you should aim for more hard-wearing materials, such as terry cloth, that can stand up to the rigors of domestic life. If you are concerned about children or pets staining your armchair, a finishing treatment is an excellent solution to protect the fabric from any stain-related incidents.

Colors and shades

As far as the color of the upholstery is concerned - it's always fun to bring it in contrasting colors to add visual interest to a space. However, if you find it too bold, you can also set it to the same colour. Neutral tones, such as grey armchairs, have the advantage of being suitable for almost any colour scheme. Black armchairs are also perfect for hiding marks and stains in a busy home. Individual colours such as yellow or green armchairs can add a sense of sophistication to your home - but try to avoid clashing with existing colour schemes.

Comfortable features

There are many other features you may want to consider that define how you want to use the chair. For reading or just having more seating in the living room, swivel chairs can be moved around and are perfect for holding conversations when people come over.

Add a footstool

If you don't like reclining chairs, then you can always add a footstool, which is a separate padded unit for resting your legs or acting as an extra flexible seat.

Combine style and functionality with the WIIS'IDEA armchair to add a touch of style to your living space.

How do I choose the right armchair?

Think about the designated space for the chair, who will use it, and what it will be used for primarily, and determine the desired form and function. You can then consider other elements accordingly, such as fabric choice, additional features, style, and size.

What kind of chair is most comfortable?

This depends on personal preference. However, a deep armchair with padded arms and leg rests in the shape of a footstool will hardly disappoint.

What makes an armchair comfortable?

Quality of design and manufacture, choice of materials, and the correct size are all key factors in making any armchair more comfortable.

November 14, 2022 — CWiis

Leave a comment

Please note: comments must be approved before they are published.