The Essential Wingback Chair

Few pieces of furniture make a statement like the wingback chair- they’re striking, sensible, and versatile, and can be used in so many ways around your home. Wingback chairs have been around since the 17th century and were designed for functional purposes, the wings on the side shielded people from cold drafts and kept the heat enveloped around their bodies when they sat near their fireplaces.  Wingback chairs make a beautiful statement piece in any room and in about every design style you can envision.

I love them for:  Their weight and heft. A wingback chair has enough presence to act as a decorative counterpoint to a sofa. When used in the middle of a room, lower-back designs don’t break up the flow of the room; taller versions should be left to room edges and corners.

Update them with: Upholstery in a large-scale pattern. Or try a two-tone approach:  Use a solid (or small-scale) on the inside; large-scale pattern on the back.