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How to transform your living room with an iconic chair

If you've taken a tour of my home recently, you will have spotted a few mid-century style chairs in the two home offices (his and hers) such as the Eames DAW armchairs (shown below) and the Hans Wegner elbow chair.

Mid century furniture is having a great come back and I am pleased to have come across a new online shopping destination that perfectly covers this era. SPACE & SHAPE was created by a group of London based designers and artists, with years of experience in the industry, who share a passion for interior design and quality, designer furniture. They have a large selection of designer products featured on their website at very affordable prices.

How to transform your living room with an iconic chair

We've all heard the phrase 'the kitchen is the heart of the home', and while it's true that your kitchen is an important room, we happen to think another one is the centre of your home.

Your living room is a hugely important space, not least because it is where you spend a lot of your time when you are at home. You entertain in this room, have family gatherings, relax in the evenings and make lots of memories in it. This is why you want to be able to make a feature of your living room.

There are plenty of ways you can ensure your living room stands out, from the patterns you introduce to the colours you use. However, one of the easiest and most effective ways to transform the room is with an iconic replica chair.

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Making the right statement

The first place to start is by choosing the right chair for your room. While some designs only work with certain styles or colours, others can be tied in with practically any look, which means they will stand the test of time.

One chair that really does this, and that we recommend for any living room, is the hugely iconic and recognisable Swan Chair.

This piece of furniture, as the name suggests, is inspired by the majestic swan, which is evident through its use of flowing curves. Its design is both modern and more classic, as it was designed in 1958 and yet still follows many of the principles that are important to furniture design today.

As well as looking beautiful and working with any trend or style you could imagine, the chair is also incredibly comfortable, meaning it will be a functional piece for your living room.

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Choose your shade

Now that you've got the perfect chair for your living room, you need to choose it in the right colour. There are a number of effects you can create with the colour of your statement chair, so it just depends on the look you are going for.

Your chair can tie everything in the room together, which means you should choose a colour that works with the other shades featured across your room. This can mean matching the tone as closely as possible with the key shade you have used throughout your interior, or including it within the same colour family. Either way creates a great sense of cohesion and will bring everything in the space together while still allowing the chair to stand out due to its fantastic shape.

Of course, if you want to make a bigger statement and ensure that all eyes are instantly drawn to your chair, you might want to select it in a contrasting shade. If the rest of your room is neutral, for example, a strong, primary shade will ensure it is the main focus.

Deciding on the overall effect you want will allow you to pick the perfect colour for your elegant Swan Chair.

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Location, location, location

Colour isn't the only factor that gives your chair an impact on your living room - where you place it can also transform the space. Ideally, you want your chair to be visible from most places in your living room, but you also want to put it somewhere functional.

The placement of your chair completely depends on the size and shape of your room, so it is a good idea to test it out in different places to see what works best. However, you should remember that you can make just as big a statement by placing a chair in a corner as you can when placing it in the centre of your room.

You can also move things around, so don't feel like you are tied into a particular room arrangement, especially if it isn't comfortable for everyday use.

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Match or clash?

No matter where you place your chair, you can make it into more of a feature by selecting the right furniture to team it with. Just as with colour, you can match the style of your chair to other furniture or create a stylish contrast by selecting clashing styles.

The curves of the Swan Chair work really well with other curvaceous pieces to create a soft space that has a great flow. Team it with furniture that has minimal angles to showcase it as the piece that the design of the rest of your room is based on. This look can be furthered through the use of flowing textiles such as long curtains.

Alternatively, you can create a clash of styles by pairing your chair with furniture that is all about angles. Square and rectangular styles will show off the Swan Chair's curves even more and ensure it becomes the centre of your room.

Of course, you can also mix and match two different styles, which can make the best of both effects. Just as with location, this means moving things around to create a room that looks good and works as a whole from all angles.

The simplest way to show off your chair, though, is to avoid clutter. Ensuring everything has its place in your living room will make it more comfortable and stop the balance of your design from being thrown off. It also makes living in the space a lot simpler.

A note from Jenny @seasonsincolour

The iconic Swan Chair ticks all the right boxes for me. It is a really versatile chair that can be fun in yellow and orange fabric, sophosticated in black or white and eclectic in soft brown leather. It is also a really comfortable chair that you just don't want to leave (you'll have trouble getting the guests out of it!).

SPACE & SHAPE's selection of colours and cashmere/leather options with stainless steel legs are worth checking out. This post is not sponsored.

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