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Styling an Occasional Chair

An occasional chair is an upholstered chair that makes a style statement. Although it provides useful extra seating, its primary purpose is to add decoration to your home. Not limited to the living room, occasional chairs can be used in many different rooms of the house, including the study, hallway, bedroom, guest room, dining room and conservatory.

What are the benefits of an occasional chair?

Generally, occasional chairs have smaller dimensions than a standard armchair, adding interest without dominating the space or taking up too much room. Because of this feature, they can be a stylish seating solution for compact living. They are also generally lighter and so easier to manoeuvre, perfect for providing extra seating during special occasions – hence why they are called occasional chairs.

They can also double up as an accent chair to complement your existing furnishings. Because they are available in so many different colours, materials, patterns and styles, they provide a great opportunity to add a bit of flair to your room of choice.

What occasional chair should I choose?

The type of occasional chair you choose will depend largely on where you are planning to put it and the style of your home. Below, we’ll show off some of our favourite occasional chairs with some tips on how best to style them.


Classic occasional chairs

The Tam and Tanya’s deep buttoning and the Paul’s fluted back are perfect for a classic look. Place one of these chairs in natural leather in the hallway or study. Alternatively, a velvet chair in the guest room or bedroom makes a fabulous chairdrobe. The velvet adds a splash of glamour, especially in a room with an upholstered velvet divan or bedframe.

If you would prefer your occasional chair to go in the sitting room, consider using a contrasting material – put a natural leather chair with a fabric or velvet sofa set, or a fabric or velvet chair with a natural leather sofa set.


Traditional occasional chairs

A traditional occasional chair is a great opportunity to show off a bit of personality and take risks with your style. Elaborate patterns and interesting colour combinations are both possibilities here. The Tetrad Jacaranda and the Spink & Edgar Garland bring eye-catching patterns to a traditional style bedroom, conservatory, study or living room. The Jacaranda comes in heavy-weight hand block printed fabric, making for an excellent conversation piece. The Garland is available in a mix of plain and patterned fabrics for a beautiful contrast.

If you would prefer something subtler, the Tetrad Harris Tweed Nairn comes in a selection of stunning tweed and hide combinations that are fully in keeping with a country home. This chair is an excellent choice for a traditional study or sitting room. The Nairn looks good alongside traditional sofas in natural leathers, such as chesterfield sofas, or with other Tetrad Harris Tweed sofas.


Modern occasional chairs

The Tabitha and Serafina occasional chairs come in protected leathers and are a great choice for a smart, modern look. These chairs are right at home surrounded by marble, ceramic, resin and wood veneer occasional tables with sleek metal bases. Brown, grey, white and black leather chairs blend perfectly into a modern study, while chairs in bright colours like red, green or yellow really pop in a monochrome living room.


But modern occasional chairs aren’t limited to leather. Upholstered in velvet with slender metal legs, the Alex brings a luxurious touch to any modern style living room. Meanwhile, the Elsa pairs a dramatic contemporary shape with tapered wooden legs for a more down-to-earth look – perfect in a large guest room. These chairs look best contrasted with top grain leather sofas or with modern fabric sofas. Contrast the fabric chair with your sofas. A dark grey modern sofa set is a chance to choose a brighter colour for an accent chair, such as yellow, pink, lime green or sky blue.


Casual occasional chairs

For a contemporary family home, why not try something like the Layla swivel chair or the Charlotte accent chair? Both chairs come in a selection of patterned accent fabrics for a fun addition to the study, play room or lounge. Combine these chairs with a nice, comfy grey, neutral or dark blue sofa set.


Occasional chairs for industrial styling

The Yellowstone occasional chair is available in a selection of aniline leathers and is perfect for an industrial style living area. Industrial styling is all about combining raw materials, and the aniline leather upholstery of the Yellowstone is a great fit with other industrial style furniture such as reclaimed wood tables, concrete tables and brass and copper-coloured lamps and ceiling lights. The tapered leg, fluted back and deep seat give the chair a modern shape that stands out. As it has no arms to take up space, this occasional chair is a good option for compact living or to fill an alcove in the study or on the landing. It works well as a standalone piece or with aniline leather sofas in the same colour.

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