Friday, December 6, 2013

How to Choose a Statement Chair that says WOW!

Did you ever watch that television program "Fraiser"? Do you remember the ugly recliner that Fraiser's dad had sitting in the middle of Fraiser's otherwise perfectly decorated apartment?  It was ugly and the tears had been taped with duct tape...Yes, people said "Wow" when they saw it, but it was the wrong kind of "Wow!" It certainly wasn't the statement Fraiser wanted to make in his home, and probably not the kind of statement chair we want in our homes either, but it was a statement chair nonetheless.

A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about having my beloved statement chair reupholstered. For a long time, it had made the same statement Fraiser's dad's chair made. Of course I knew my chair had potential, whereas the recliner on the show was a lost cause!  Since I wrote that post a lot of people have asked me about my chair and about statement chairs in general, so I thought it might be easier to answer those questions here rather than individually.

You want a statement chair that says "Wow! This room is special!" because a statement chair really isn't just about the chair. It's about the entire room. A statement chair kicks things up a notch, and can take a perfectly nice room that looks okay and make it extraordinary. It adds a touch of personality to the room, and it draws the eye.

So how do you choose a chair that says "Wow!" in a good way?

Easy. You find a chair you absolutely love in a beautiful color and put it in your room.  Oh! If only it were that easy!!! Unfortunately, it isn't.

Finding the right statement chair takes time. You can't just walk into a furniture store and pick out a chair and call it good. No, to have a chair that truly makes a statement, it has to be different than what you'll find in the average furniture store. A chair that looks like a chair in everyone else's home can't make a statement. It has to be different. It has to be special.

So, if you can't just go to the store and choose one, what do you do?

Well, first you have to make some decisions about the statement you want your chair to make make. Should it be fun? Funky? Elegant? Bold? Modern? Vintage? Romantic? Sophisticate? Over the top? Masculine? Feminine? Quiet comfort? It can be any of those things. Whatever you decide, your chair has to reflect that decision.

Once you know the statement you want to make, then you have to decide what kind and style of chair will make that statement for you. Do you need a chair that's a completely different style from the rest of your furniture? Or do you need one that's the same style, so the fabric or color can make the statement?

Then you have to decide if you want something that's brand new that you can order in the upholstery that you want to make it special or if you want something vintage that you might have to have reupholstered. Maybe you already have a chair that's a family heirloom that could be your statement chair.

Which brings me to another consideration. A statement chair should be well made. You don't want a flimsy chair that makes you cringe every time someone goes to sit on it. It doesn't have to be your most comfortable chair, but it shouldn't be uncomfortable either. You don't want the statement you make with it to be "don't sit on me!"

All the seating in our living room is fairly new. We bought our sofa last year. Jim's recliner was a Craigslist find, but it's still only three years old. My statement chair, which is a channel backed wingback chair, is the oldest. I haven't been able to exactly place its age, but I've found similar chairs from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, so I would guess it falls somewhere between 1948 and 1963. I have a feeling it was a fairly common chair, well made, but not terribly expensive.

The difference between an ordinary chair and a statement chair
Here's a tip that will make your search for the perfect statement chair easier. My chair wasn't special until I had it reupholstered with a beautiful fabric. It's the fabric, the color, and the style of the chair that determines what statement it makes. Any chair can be a statement chair. You just have to find a chair you love and make it special.

For art that will add beauty and personality to any room,
go to my online shop, Moments of Art!

One Kings Lane, who approached me about writing this post, has additional information on How to Incorporate a Statement Chair and a new resource if you are interested in finding out about different chair styles. Home Decor Resource Guide.  It isn't easy to find on their site, so if you're interested in checking it out, click on the link here.

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  1. What a difference the upholstery made with that chair! You are hereby recruited to help me choose the fabric for my wicker back barrel chairs. I had not verbalized what I need, but your definition of a statement chair fits what I want them to do.

    1. I'd love to help you find fabric for those chairs! I bet we can find something wonderful to cover them with!

  2. Love the chair, it looks loved now!

  3. What a beautiful!!

  4. I love the transformation!!! Did you do the reupholstering or did you have it done? My statement chair is on the way as we speak!!! I can't wait!!!! Once it's here I will post about it and link to your post!!!!

    1. Thank you! I had it done. I've done ottomans before, but I knew this chair was beyond my limited abilities! My first big attempt was NOT going to be on this chair!!! I can't wait to see your statement chair!

  5. Nice read! I like the suggestions.

  6. What a beautiful channel back chair Loribeth. Funny that when I was looking through MMS Furniture Friday, I should click on this link to your blog... since you recently visited my blog and left a comment. :) It's a small world here on the internet. LOL

    1. It is a small world. LOL That's the chair I was talking about on your blog. I've heard channel back chairs are difficult, so there was no way that was going to be my first project. I hope you'll stop back again!


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