16 stunning statement chairs from TheEssexBarn.com

We have a lovely wide bay window at The Barn that’s just crying out for two occasional chairs. What do I mean by occasional? Well these will be accents in the room rather than everyday seating. They need to look amazing but still be comfortable. They’re chairs to read the newspaper in on a Sunday morning, to curl up in with a book sometimes, to perch on sipping coffee out of oversized cups while the sun comes up.

Front bay at The Essex Barn

Occasional chairs can also be a design statement, picking up an accent colour in a room and running with it into a different texture or pattern. For me, an occasional chair needs to be stunning – beautiful from all angles and just a little bit different. Here’s some of the lovely pieces that are whetting my appetite at the moment and would add instant glamour to any space.

These stunning craftsmen-made and Chinese inspired wooden chairs from Shimu would look absolutely stunning in The Barn. The (left to right) Crossed Armchair is based on a classic Chinese horseshoe armchair but in a more colonial style. The Horseshoe chair was traditionally reserved for the most important visitors or members of a Chinese household and features a dragon carved in relief on the backrest. The Yoke Armchair was one of the first to appear in China, he name ‘Yoke-back’ refering to the shape of the curved headrest which was also thought to resemble the winged hats of Chinese mandarins of the Ming dynasty.

Shimu wooden chairs

A simple chair design can be brought to life with a stunning print or a sumptious textured fabric. This 1950s Metro chair from Delcor with a statement print by Christian Lecroix would look amazing in a starkly coloured apartment. Velvet adds a touch of glamour to the Otley chair which is handcrafted in Yorkshire by Spink & Edgar and uses the natural fibres grown on the company’s farm.

Declor Christian Lecroix and Otley

Button back chairs can look stunning in a traditional setting or to add a quirkiness to a modern room. I’ve fallen for these three – the Claridge Linen, Camden and Camel Richard button back chairs from Black Orchid Interiors

Button back chairs from Black Orchid Interiors

…and these from Marks and Spencer. The Bethany and Barra high back armchairs are available in 92 colours while the Hamilton Boutique chair looks fabuous in linen.Marks and Spencer button back chairs

Dining chairs can also be used as occasional chairs if they have a design feature that makes them stand out. I love this innovative design which is a collaboration between UK embroidery specialist Victoria Bain and prestigious British furniture specialist George Smith. Victoria’s Peonie embroidery design sits perfectly on the back of the George Smith chartwell chair.George Smith and Victoria Bain dining chair

Statement chairs often need to stand alone but John Lewis, our favourite department store here at The Barn, has some lovely occasional chairs including these two Devon wing armchairs that I think would look great as a pair bookending a coffee table in this check/stripe combination.

John Lewis Devon Wing Armchair

If space isn’t an issue the timeless design of a classic chaise longue or loveseat can make an elegant statement. I love the wooden-legged Petite Chaise Longue (available in left and right arm positions) and the deep button detailing of the Babbington Loveseat both from Marks and Spencer.

Marks and Spencer chaise petite and loveseat

A true occasional chair looks good from any angle and the highly polished nickel stud back detail on the black velvet Hamilton bar stool and pearlescent wipe-clean leather White Pearl Dressing Table Stool from Black Orchid Interiors is just stunning.

White pearl stool black bar stool from Black Orchid Interiors

What’s your favourite occasional chair design? Do you have a space that’s calling out for some love from a statement chair?

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  3. mummyofboygirltwins August 20, 2015 at 5:48 pm Reply

    I am after some chairs for my living room – which needs some more furniture and seating! Love the choices! Great ideas and I do like the classic look. Jess xxx


    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) August 21, 2015 at 6:11 am Reply

      I love the classic look too Jess and thankfully The Barn lends itself to that so well. We’re in need of furniture but I’m determined to plan out each room properly and take my time to make the right decisions x

  4. Stephanie August 20, 2015 at 12:08 pm Reply

    It’s such a dilemma isn’t it, choosing just one?! We bought a couple of occasional chairs for our conservatory from Made a few years back and I still love them. And I was determined not to have rattan furniture in there!! I couldn’t choose between the two designs, so in we got one of both and I love that they’re mix and match. And they’re comfy too so win- win! #homeetc

    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) August 21, 2015 at 5:58 am Reply

      Haha love that you couldn’t choose so went with both! I’m planning on a French library feel for the parlour so I think I’ll be going with something a bit more ornate for that room and possibly more rustic and simple chairs for The Barn. Decisions, decisions! x

  5. Lisa@intotheglade August 19, 2015 at 9:01 pm Reply

    I always wanted a chaise lounge but don’t have room now. I love John Lewis too and the Devon Wing Chairs would be lovely x

    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) August 21, 2015 at 5:51 am Reply

      I’m with you Lisa, a chaise lounge would be lovely in our parlour and John Lewis is my absolute fav department store! Thanks for your comment x

  6. Hannah Parker July 29, 2015 at 3:04 pm Reply

    I’ve been agonising over occasional chairs for my office for ages!! There were a couple that I loved on Loaf…but in the end I decided there wasn’t quite enough space 🙁 I was going to say I love the love seat too – we got a fab one for the living room, it was French Connection for DFS (I think), you’d like that too! Awesome post, I’ve started pondering about my office chair again… 😉

    Thanks for linking up to #TheList xx

    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) July 30, 2015 at 5:34 am Reply

      Hmmm… my office is on my hit list for a complete makeover soon – watch this space! And I’m with you on the love seat, it’s fab isn’t it? Thanks for your kind words lovely and hosting your fab linky x

  7. Tinuke July 23, 2015 at 11:18 am Reply

    I love the mini love seat. Actually, I love quite a few of the chairs! Lovely selection x

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