Dramatic furniture: you may love it or you may hate it. It can be wildly colorful, uniquely shaped, or swathed in eye-catching fabric. And placement plays a role, too: a fluorescent side chair in an entryway heralds a certain energy that a simple wooden chair simply can't achieve. It can be piled on thick or be paired down to a well-edited few, but one thing's certain: bold furniture can be quite the conversation starter.
Take, for example, the hot-pink couch in image #2, above: In a beige fabric it would look traditional. Or the reading nook in image #5 — totally tame until you lay your eyes on the sculptural white leather chair perched next to a gold cut-out carpet. Simple metallic ottomans in image #4 add instant drama to an already-brimming-with-personality living room. Whether you've sprung for a wild piece (or ten), are planning to reupholster in a bright, patterned fabric, or simply like to peep at the daring decor of gutsy decorators, here's a dash of sass for you to enjoy from our House Tours.
1. A weird and wonderful chair from John's Artful Wicker Park Duplex
2. Hot pink rules in Philip & Leong's Live / Work City Space
3. A metal bed that one reader likened to a tea service in Al & Mark's Colorful & Eclectic Condo
4. Easy drama: metallic ottomans in Joi & David's A+ Illusion of Luxury
5. Is it a bird? A curious perch in Dr. Rodney's "Reflections" Retreat
6. Bold fabric in Jason & John's Hyper Saturated Home, Part 2
7. Quite the welcome in Sally's French-Glam Hyde Park Home
8. Orange crushin' in Dr. Rodney's "Reflections" Retreat
9. An eye-catching circular sofa in Debbie Upgrades to Mid-Century
10. Seating gone wild in Dr. Rodney's "Reflections" Retreat
Images: As linked above.