Decorating with Bergere Chairs

Decorating with Bergere Chairs

Sarah Coffey
Sep 18, 2009

Bergere chairs go back a ways. (Marie Antionette used them in her country home, Petit Trianon.) Antique versions show up a lot in traditional decor, but that doesn't mean they don't work in more modern rooms as well. For tips on integrating a Bergere chair into a contemporary space, click below...

Bergere chairs are a French tradition, defined by an upholstered back and seat (usually with a loose, overstuffed cushion) on a carved wood frame. Their "bones" are curvey, which makes them a nice compliment to more straight-lined pieces, and the extra padding in their soft cushions can make them pretty comfortable reading chairs.

To keep a Bergere chair from looking too dowdy, upholster it in a modern fabric. Examples are shown above in both neutrals, bold patterns, and delicate prints:

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Bespeckled Bergere Chair
Duralee Bergere Chair
Marie Antoinette's Petit Trianon
Annabel Chair from Layla Grace

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