Jan 13, 2014

A Statement Chair for the Family Room

When One Kings Lane recently asked me to help them introduce their Home Décor Resource Guide by writing about a statement chair from my home that reflects my personal style, I jumped up and down at the opportunity. If you’re not familiar with them, One King’s Lane is a website that sells gorgeous top-brand, vintage, and designer items. It’s an understatement to say I was flattered and thrilled to be approached by them.

To be honest with you, though, I didn’t really know what a statement chair was. I’d just given my two living room wing chairs to my daughter and wasn’t sure I even owned a statement chair.  

Whenever in doubt, I always search for information. I simply went to the One Kings Lane Home Décor Resource and typed “statement chair” in the search box. Up came an article about how to incorporate statement furniture into any room, and in a few minutes I knew all about statement chairs. 

According to the article:

The purpose of a statement chair is fairly self-explanatory: it makes a statement. It has the power to draw attention to a particular room or nook, define a space, or add a pop of color, pattern, or the unexpected. They’re mobile and functional ways to express your aesthetic. Whether you have a contemporary dining room, a traditional bedroom, or a sleekly modern living room, you can breathe new life into the space (and the rest of your furniture) with one seriously unique chair.

As I read that description, I realized I was literally at that moment sitting in my family room in the perfect example of a statement chair. After we finished our kitchen remodel just before Thanksgiving, the very day after the plastic came down in fact, we had a new leather sectional delivered to replace the old saggy one in our family room. We loved the size, shape, color, and comfort of our new sectional, but it didn’t illustrate what we wanted to convey with our decor.  

We still needed a new armchair for that space, and I now realize that as we shopped for it, we were looking for a statement chair, a chair that would clearly define the vibe in the room as vintage. It had to be a strong statement because it was just one chair competing with a huge sectional. We saw many plain armchairs that were the right color and size and were comfortable, but the one we finally chose from a local merchant has more than that; it has a unique shape and fabric pattern that makes a very clear statement. It defines our family room as vintage, fun, and a bit funky. 

A cool thing about having a relatively inexpensive statement chair is that when we want to change the vibe of our family room, we can just recover this chair or find a new statement chair that reflects whatever our new vibe is perfectly. We won’t have to buy a whole new expensive sectional. We can just change our chair. 


For lots more smart ideas check out the One Kings Lane Home Décor Resource Guide and bookmark it for future reference. You’ll be amazed at the wealth of information there, from a Home Decor Shopping Handbook to The History of Chairs; it’s a great decorating resource.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and taking a look at our new statement chair. I have a few more projects left to do in our family room and then I hope to share the rest of it with you soon.

I hope you have a great week!

(I wasn't compensated in any way for this post, and all my opinions are my own.)

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  1. It looks great! Can't wait to see the new projects!

  2. What a pretty chair in a great fabric - love the colors and the pattern! Now I want to see more please!

  3. Love your statement chair.

    I was also contacted by One King's Lane, but I told them that I really don't have a statement chair. The only chair I could feature is Steve's old leather chair and the statement is "I am not going to give up this leather chair even if you want to spiff up the living room."

  4. I love that chair! It just has so much personality.

  5. Beautiful chair in a lovely room - great photographs!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  6. Love this post and your statement chair is gorgeous and the fabric design is awesome. I have always had a statement chair in a room and the idea to just recover when styles or minds change is perfect. Just did that too with mine before the holiday. What a difference a pattern can make! Thanks for sharing and Congrats on being asked to feature your statement chair. Beautiful post!

  7. Yeah... no statement chair in my home.... only furniture covered with old sheets (better than old lady plastic chairs, right?)

    great post Laurel! Nice chair!!!

  8. Love the fabric on your chair Laurel, this reminds me that I have to do that post on my chairs as well!

  9. love love love
    the colors and pattern
    on that yummy chair

    and how flattering to be picked
    by OKL!

    would love for you to share
    at Fridays Unfolded this week!

    Nancherrow (formerly Stuff and Nonsense)

  10. Very pretty chair, Laurel and I love the fabric!

  11. Laurel your chair looks fabulous! Thanx for sharing it at THT.


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