Nothing dresses a room quite like a single, stand-out chair. Apart from anything else, it’s a wonderful, relatively inexpensive, way to indulge a different side of your design personality. You can pick a chair in a really bold color or pattern to punch up an all-white room. Or choose an ornate vintage piece to add character to an all-modern space. And, the best part of all is that single chairs are completely portable – you can move them from room to room as you please.

I’ve been collecting a few images of knock-out chairs that really define the space they’re in. The image below has been a favorite for a very long time. Ok, I know there are two of these chairs – but one of them would be good enough for me! Especially if I had these soaring ceilings and architectural details in my home…

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Ahh, a lilac velvet Louis chair with gilt legs… Is there any better way to conjure up glamor? We have a Louis chair in our living room, which I use to offset the boxiness of the two IKEA sofas – David Hicks style – or so I like to think!)

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An Eames rocker would look great anywhere. But here it balances the white sofas perfectly.

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The single chair doesn’t have to be the colorful item in a room. In fact, here a neutral chair looks great with the bright yellow sofas – and still stands out. I like the way the chair separates the living space from the kitchen – and, because it’s small and light, it doesn’t cramp the space. (Plus, yellow and gray is one of my favorite combinations right now).

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I love these womb chairs. This one looks great in cream against the more ethnic collection of furnishings and art.

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You can barely see this chair (there it is at the back, in purple perspex!). It’s just a really surprising jolt of color that would work perfectly in a small space.

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Ooh, a bright green Arne Jacobsen chair dresses up this calm space no end. I love the mix of greens. The curves look great with the chair in the foreground too.

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What’s your favorite single chair? Any iconic ones you particularly covet?

Credits:

1 – Pink Wallpaper; 2 – The Deco Detective; 3 – Remodelista; 4 – Elle Decor; 5 – Metropolitan Home; 6 – Kika Reichart; 7 – Per Magnus Persson

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