After posting my ‘Living Room Inspiration‘ post, I ended up searching for hours for a chair for the living room I liked. I’d wanted a chair as we only had our 3 seater sofa and it wasn’t ideal for when guests came over. I umm-ed and ahh-ed for ages about getting a 2 seater sofa to go in our half bay window area but knew that practically, it just wouldn’t work with everything else we had in the room. So a chair, perhaps with a little side table or basket next to it, was the way to go. So despite the fact that our new chair arrived in the living room yesterday morning and I’m sitting on it as I write this, I thought I’d share which chairs I narrowed it down to in the choosing process…
The Beautiful John Lewis Money Zapper: At £999 this armchair isn’t cheap, but it as soon as I saw it I thought it was amazing. The Tetrad Harris Tweed for John Lewis Hendricks Armchair in ‘onyx plain’ has lovely foam filled cushion pads and it’s covered in high quality grey tweed material, then finished with black button and piping details with oak wood legs. It oozes quality and style but the price was the only negative for me, well exceeding the budget I had for a new seating addition.
The Traditional Checked Option: I umm-ed and ahh-ed about getting a more traditional chair, one that still felt modern but was classic in design. The Lois Patterned Chair from SCS in ‘beige’ was top of my list with it’s lovely beige plaid pattern that would compliment our nature inspired neutral living room perfectly. It looks comfy, cosy and reasonably priced, but I wasn’t sure whether a classic piece was really what I wanted as our sofa already fits that bill, and although I love it, I think something different was needed for our new chair.
The Wildcard: This funky Karla Armchair from Swoon Editions in ‘charcoal’ is a mid-century statement piece that I loved, it would definite be a feature in the room and coordinate nicely with the darker accents we have in the living room, but was it a step too far? I wasn’t prepared to risk it but Kate has a similar that looks amazing in her stylish home (see it here).
The ‘Almost’ Right One: This Marks & Spencer Loft Malmo Armchair in ‘veela cream’ is closer to the John Lewis one I loved with the buttons on the back but a slightly curvier option. Oddly, I thought that perhaps this retro Scandi style armchair was a bit too boxy (despite the fact the John Lewis one was more square in shape and I loved it) but somehow I feel like despite it’s curves, it’s a bit of an in-between shape being neither really boxy or curvy.
The One I Chose: And finally the one I actually picked, a Scandinavian style neutral coloured armchair. The Boho Fabric Occasional Chair from Very in ‘natural’ was perfect – a stylish and curvy design with a curved line of buttons on the back, black wooden legs to match the dark items in our living room and a natural beige fabric to go with everything else. It’s comfy but supportive and looks great in our half bay window area, it stands out in the room adding a bit of something-something, but also blends in nicely with everything else. I love it.
Needless to say, I’m happy with my choice and I’ll show you it in our living room very soon. What do you think? Did I make the right choice? Which chair out of the five is your favourite?