Ideas for Anchoring a Rescued Random Chair

Anyone who frequents flea markets or, ahem, the streets on trash day is bound to experience it: seat love, that irresistible draw to an orphaned chair calling out for a home. Your home. And you can usually justify the adoption — who doesn't need extra seating? It's only after lugging the new addition home that the dilemma of fitting it into your decor strikes.

If your anything like me, it's not just the problem of finding a spot for the chair, but making it useful enough to keep or justify to any significant other/roommate who may have grown tired of your furniture "rescues" that poses a challenge. This is especially true if your main seating area is bursting at the seams complete. Creating a scheme wherein the chair looks deliberate and content being a loner is key. A few tips...

• Find it a friend. A small side table is the perfect companion to a stray chair. The combo creates an instant relaxation zone— a place to drink coffee and curl up with a favorite read.

• Tie it in with textiles. A throw draped over the back, an accent pillow, or if you're up for getting fancy, a slipcover, will do wonders to a loner's appearance. Even when placed on the outskirts of a seating arrangement a chair that holds a hint of the main group's color scheme or pattern will look right at home.

• Surround it with art. A lone chair looks perfectly purposeful when placed in good aesthetic company— it becomes the anchor of an otherwise random grouping by making an art wall into a destination. You need not go all out either, a few decorative objects like hanging plates (picture 3) or leaning branches (picture 5) will do the trick.

Create a reading nook. Pair it with a bookcase (picture 2) and/or reading lamp for the perfect reading spot.

Thoughts?

Images: 1: Skona Hem, 2: Apartment Therapy, 3:HomeLife, 4:Notebook Magazine, 5:Design*Sponge