Material: Leather or fabric?
Leather armchairs boast easy maintenance and long-lasting style. A breathable material, leather can remain relatively warm to touch in winter while keeping cool during summer, making it ultra-comfy all year round. Sophisticated and smart, leather armchairs tend to have a more executive appeal and can bring a sleek, modern finish to your space.
Fabric armchairs tend to have a soft and cosy finish, making them a great choice for traditional living rooms and vintage-inspired schemes. However, as fabric armchairs are available in a wide range of colours and patterns, it’s also easy to find a style that suits a modern home.
Style: modern or traditional?
Consider both your own personal sense of style and your existing home décor when choosing the best armchair for you. Think about the size of the room you plan to keep it in and the space it’s going to occupy. Do you want it to blend into the room or stand-out? Is your home a sleek, minimalist space with an industrial feel, or more traditional?
Opt for a style that echoes the room it’s placed in, either through the colour of the finish or the choice of fabric. The Blake armchair in burgundy leather evokes a classic feel of days gone by, but it’s versatile enough to look great in both contemporary homes or more vintage living spaces. The Grayson electric recliner armchair is best suited to more modern homes, with its chunky aesthetic and padded arms.
Colour: Bold or muted?
Are you looking to keep things cohesive and go for a colour that blends in, or do you want something more striking? If you want to embrace a subtle effect, there are many attractive armchairs in varying shades of grey, black, cream, and brown, to suit the neutral tones in your home.
If you’re looking to make more of a statement, choose an armchair that has a coloured fabric finish. The Jasmine fabric armchair is available in a range of bold tones, from plum to duck egg, and is sure to bring a touch of fun to any study or living room.
Size: Slim and elegant or big and cosy?
When deciding which size armchair to choose, consider the space it’s going to live in and the size of the surrounding sofa, coffee table, and other furnishings.
Balance is key – avoid pieces that will overwhelm other items of furniture or run the risk of being swallowed by the rest of the room. Always measure your space carefully beforehand, so you can visualise the sort of size limitations you can work within.