Why We Love an Occasional Chair

An occasional chair is a must for every home

Before we dig into why we love them, we first have to answer the question, “What is an occasional chair?” Think of an occasional chair as an accessory, not a main component of your furniture design. They’re used to supplement your main seating areas and provide extra seating when you really need it, but they aren’t your mainstay lounging chairs which you use on a daily basis.

An occasional chair is a must for every home

1. Moment for Drama

Because occasional chairs have a much smaller frame than your club or arm chair, you can get away with using a more bold pattern, something you wouldn’t want to use on a larger piece! Because they’re often smaller and tucked into a corner of the room, they’re the perfect ‘wow’ moment in any space!

An occasional chair is a must for every home

2. The Entertaining Advantage

Occasional chairs are great to have because in the event of having friends or family over, you can always pull it up to your main seating space to accommodate larger numbers. While not super deep and plush like an armchair, an occasional chair actually makes a great choice for encouraging conversation. They’re often more upright than a lounge chair so your guests aren’t likely to dose off during hors d’oeuvres!

An occasional chair is a must for every home

3. Versatility

Because most people live in several houses over their lifetime, its great to have some smaller pieces that can transition from room to room based on your needs. The occasional chair is just that team player! Place one next to a console in a large entryway, or fill up a bare corner in your bedroom. If you’re moving into a much larger living space than you previously had, place it just on the perimeter of your seating area so its ready to go when guests arrive.

An occasional chair is a must for every home

An occasional chair is a must for every home

4. For Looks

We usually buy lounge chairs for comfort, but when it comes to an occasional chair, you can choose it simply for looks! It’s not a chair you’re using every day, so just pick something you love to look at! A curvy shape, a detailed wooden frame, tufting, or a gorgeous fabric are all fantastic choices for an occasional chair.

An occasional chair is a must for every home

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4 Comments

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    Denise

    August 25, 2014
     

    Please share the paint info on the bedroom image. (grey)
    Thank you.

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      August 26, 2014
       

      Hi Denise,

      Thanks for your comment. The color is Benjamin Moore’s Gunsmith Gray #CW-65. Be sure to test a swatch of the color in your space before making your final decision. Some colors can look different based on the natural light in a space!

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Nancy

    August 11, 2014
     

    Please share paint info on the rooms in this entry. They are all interesting. Thank you.

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      August 25, 2014
       

      Hi Nancy,

      Thanks for your comment. The entry in the second image of this post is Benjamin Moore’s Linen White (#912). As always, be sure to test a swatch of the paint color in your space before making your final decision as sometimes paint colors can differ greatly from space to space!

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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