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5 Gorgeous, Modern Armchairs That Prove They’ll Never Go Out of Style

published Jul 31, 2019
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Credit: Aimée Mazzenga

Is it just us, or do you also feel like armchairs are overdue for a much-needed makeover? Sure, they might’ve been a design staple since the dawn of time; however, we’re guilty of associating the seat with dusty doctor’s offices and an old-fashioned living room. Sigh.

The good news is it doesn’t have to be that way. Our house tours are jam-packed with cool, modern ways to decorate with armchairs. Once inspiration strikes, shop our decidedly fresh takes on the living room staple below.

Credit: Aimée Mazzenga

Style With Symmetry

As James Conley and Kurt Heinrich’s Chicago house tour proves, symmetry is still in style. While placing an armchair on each side of a mantle gives a living room some order, the fresh pops of color used here keep the space from feeling outdated.

Living in a Material World

ICYMI: Selecting the right material can take your armchair from meh to magnificent. The peach velvet armchair in this Wicker Park house tour adds a fun pop of color—and much-needed texture—into this otherwise minimalist space.

Shine Bright

Want to make a statement with your armchair? Take a cue from Deidre Alexander’s house tour and opt for a bright hue. Psst… a funky pattern will work just as well!

Get the Look

Ready to get an armchair for your space? The options below are the perfect mix of sophisticated and fun to suit your style—not the stodgy styles of yore.

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The reemergence of this mid-century beauty is one of our favorite design trends from the past several years. This glamorous piece is fashioned from gold metal legs and lush, forest green velvet for a statement no matter where you place it.

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Two of these sleek velvet chairs directly across from your sofa will instantly elevate your living space. We’re partial to the midnight blue velvet, but the chair is also reimagined in a practical performance material.

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Article’s sleek armchair takes a styling cue from the Jetsons to elevate your living space to another dimension of cool. It’s crafted from kiln-dried wood and features curved metal for the ultimate in comfort, construction, and style.

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Trade in your ho-hum paisleys and plaids for punchier prints. This sleek armchair from Christiane Lemieux’s The Inside is available in an array of patterns, from cool cabana stripes, to zesty zoo animals, to this cheery floral by accessories designer Clare V.

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If plush velvets and punchy patterns don’t pique your interest, feast your eyes on this option from Target’s Project 62 line. While the neutral color palette will work nicely in any space, its wooden frame gives the simple silhouette a cool flair.