CHI Good Questions: Balancing Stark Chairs?

CHI Good Questions: Balancing Stark Chairs?

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Janel Laban
Mar 18, 2008

Sathya is thinking about adding some new pieces to her living room and sent an email: I'm toying with the addition of two Wassily chairs to my living room. But I'm worried that all that silver and black will drain the color from my living room, which already has white walls and a white coffee table. Any thoughts on how to keep an air of joy and playfulness despite the addition of some rather stark chairs? I'd love to see some examples of Wassily chairs in colorful---and comfortable---living rooms. Thanks AT!

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We think the key to keeping things warm and comfortable in a room such as you describe (white walls and table, Wassily chairs) is texture and pattern. Adding a shaggy, highly textured or patterned rug under the chairs and coffee table would make a huge difference. Colorful, joyful artwork (go big!) hung in the space along with textured (knit, felt, etc) throw pillows will also make the overall room more friendly and cozy. Scandinavian textiles and patterns tend to read as very upbeat and playful, we'd suggest looking in that direction to keep things warm and light.

AT designers, please give Sathya your suggestions and ideas in the comments below...

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