Style Inspiration: Chairs to Set a Cozy Tone

House Tour Roundup

Occasional chairs are the furniture equivalent to the little black dress. They can go anywhere, but more than that, they can be easily accessorized to set just the right tone. A stroll through some of my favorite house tours left me with a renewed appreciation for these little hosts and their ability to make a whole room interesting and inviting.

It was only after I had collected the images for this post that I realized that almost all the house tours had the word "retreat" in the title. But that's exactly the tone that the chair vignettes evoke: quiet, cozy, relaxation. Unlike tables, which are meant for display, a chair conveys a subtle concept of welcome. Since their main purpose is for sitting, they have that inviting draw even when being used as a backdrop.

Adir & Marcello's Worldly Retreat is full of vignettes, arranged with casual precision. This draped chair is like a little foretaste of what's to come.

Caitlin's Artist Retreat in The Hills is a stylist's dream. Every surface boasts an interesting array of natural and created objects.

Beth & Bill's Soulful Straw Bale Retreat. The casually draped handmade scarf and the bowl of yarn make the whole room say: this is a relaxing, un-rushed place.

• Layered abundance seems to be the unifying theme in JoAnn & Dan's Creatively Collected Home, and that's apparent just from glancing at this chair. One pillow may not have set the same tone, but 4 pillows and 2 throws definitely do.

• The simple throw and fedora in Trent's Relaxing, Beach-like Retreat create an instant carefree vacation vibe.

And the best part about the occasional chair, of course, is that it can serve a function too!

(Images: As linked above)

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