When the Back of the Chair Matters

When the Back of the Chair Matters

Catrin Morris
Jan 27, 2011

On sitcoms, characters are always positioned so that no one's back is to the camera. Well, real life is not a TV set or a stage. When creating a living room conversation nook, it is often a challenge to avoid seeing the back of a chair or a sofa.

This is true for large living rooms, where the goal is to divide the space into separate conversation areas. But it is also the case in many smaller living rooms, where radiators, doors, fireplaces and windows mean that sometimes the back of a chair or sofa simply has to share the spotlight.

Instead of struggling to create an open arrangement at all costs, why not use a chair that is beautiful from every angle — not just from the front — to cordon off a space for chatting? In these rooms, the backs of chairs can truly take center stage. In some cases the back is covered with sumptuous upholstery. In some cases the architecture of the chair's lines and curves make it beautiful from the rear. In other cases the back of the chair is open and airy enough so as to create the illusion of continuity and inclusion.

FIRST ROW
1 Neutral or Bright: Same Room, Different Colors, Both Work.
2 Daily Imprint.
3 House and Home.
4 Conversational Living Rooms.
5 Elle Decor.

SECOND ROW
6 Metropolitan Home.
7 Ekenstam via Desire to Inspire.
8 House and Home.
9 Skona Hem.
10 Mrs Blandings.

Images: as linked above

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