Bold and beautiful: Styling statement armchairs

Style guides

As our appetite for personalised interiors grows, the days when a matching three-piece suite was the go-to choice for living room furniture is fast becoming a thing of the past.  Today the most stylish and contemporary houses include a mix of bold colours, prints, textures and shapes. If you’re thinking about updating your style or dipping your toe in the water of this popular trend, a statement armchair for the living room is an excellent starting point.


Don’t worry about clashing prints or hues – experiment with the unexpected, you might just surprise yourself.


 A grey fabric armchair with a patterend cushion on it.


Making it your own


One way to make sure that your armchair is exactly how you envisioned, without breaking the bank, is to get one reupholstered. It’s also a great way to refresh something you might already own, or perhaps something you might have spied in a relative’s spare room gathering dust! Go to the local fabric shop and collect some samples and live with them in the room for a bit before making your selection. You could also get some cushions made for the sofa at the same time, to really bring the look together.


Sit and cuddle


If you have a bit more space in your living room and love nothing more than cuddling up to your partner, or with your children at story time; a love seat could be a fantastic choice. Great for nestling in a bay window, or in a corner with a floor lamp overhead, a cuddle chair is big enough for two but is also a generous sized seat when you’re looking to spread out and enjoy some time curled up with a good book.


Classic style


A timeless leather armchair will complement most colour schemes and is a real investment piece that will stand the test of time. Soft, buttery leather chairs look better as they age and come in a wide range of styles. Embrace true relaxation with a generously cushioned recliner or choose something more traditional and then personalise the look with a bold coloured blanket draped over the arm rest and a few bright cushions.


A grey sofa alongside a white floral armchair and foot rest

Make a statement


When deciding on the final armchair design, don’t be influenced by fashion or the current hottest colour palettes, instead look for a style and shape that you love. Don’t be afraid to choose something bolder and braver than your sofa palette. Bright block colours like turquoise or pinks are easy to style with cushions in similar tones but contrasting patterns. Alternatively, an eye catching striped fabric can combine a range of colours meaning they can fit seamlessly into any colour scheme.