Home Décor Ideas: What are the different armchair styles?

Sometimes overlooked, a well-placed chair can really tie together a living room, or convert an otherwise unused place into a useful seating area or resting spot. If you know you’re in the market for a high-quality armchair, or perhaps a pair of armchairs for a living room, then you won’t find a better selection than ours. With such a multitude of designs on offer, we thought we’d help you out by showing you the shapes and styles that we offer so that your decision might be a little bit easier.

Highback armchair

A highback armchair has a tall, elongated back and looks particularly elegant in a room with high ceilings as it’s proportional to the space. It provides a more upright sit than some softer styles, which can encourage a more relaxed sit, with the option of traditional arms to rest as you read or enjoy a drink. Our brand new Isabella is a traditional wingback armchair with Queen Anne style front legs.

Isabella wingback armchair

Mid-century armchair

If you’re a lover of mid-century design (and who can blame you), then a mid-century armchair is a spectacular choice to tie your mid-century themed interiors together. They also look exceptional standing on their own, so make a great option for bedrooms and hallways. With generally much lower backs than many earlier styles, a mid-century chair has more of a bucket, rounded shape, with curved or sabre style arms and backrest. The perfect examples of stunning mid-century armchairs are our Elton and Earnshaw. With tapered wooden legs, curved arms and shallow backs, they exude mid-century style.

Earnshaw mid-century chair

Chesterfield armchair

Another traditional and all-around classic is a Chesterfield armchair. Just like the classic Chesterfield sofa, a chesterfield armchair has a buttoned back and large, elegant scroll arms. It’s a much larger chair than many simpler designs, so requires enough surrounding space to let it breathe on its own. Our Darcy Chesterfield armchair looks particularly good in country style homes and cottages when upholstered in linen or cotton fabrics. Alternatively, make a statement with a bold velvet, and a Chesterfield armchair would look equally chic and stylish in a traditional townhouse where, on the whole, rooms are grander.

Contemporary armchair

A contemporary style armchair generally has sharper, angular lines as opposed to curved, rounded edges. It often comes with more modern features, like loose or removable covers, and straighter, slim tapered legs, or short boxy-style square legs. The perfect example of a contemporary armchair is our striking Aragon, which has a defined and minimalist shape, finished with slim, Scandinavian style wooden legs.

Aragon is a perfect modern armchair for the elderly

Traditional armchair

If you’re more of a traditional furniture fan, then we have plenty of styles to keep you covered. A traditional armchair often has many similar features to a high-back or wingback, with additional features, like button detailing and shapely turned wooden legs. Our Berkley is the perfect example of a traditional armchair and would look stunning next to an old fireplace.

Berkeley chair

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