High Style: The Wingback Chair

Formal, stylish, classic, and striking, yet supremely comfortable and practical. Sounds impossible? It’s not. Case in point: the wingback chair.

Also known as a wing chair, this seat has been fashionable for centuries. Its high, winged sides were originally designed to provide protection from drafts while trapping the heat from the nearby fireplace (hence the traditional¬†positioning near the fireplace). The typical wingback features “wings” on either side of the tall back, usually continuing through the armrests, for a cozy but elegant seat; wingback chairs are available in a huge variety of shapes, styles, and upholstery options.

This original ergonomic chair is still classically placed in the living room:

Family Room by Jeffers Design Group


Living Room by Milieu Home Goods
Family Room by Jason Ball Interiors, LLC


Family Room by Philpotts Interiors


Family Room by Jana Happel Interior Design


Living Room by Found Design


Living Room by Stiles | Fischer Interior Design
But it’s most definitely not restricted to fire-watching. A wingback chair in the bedroom is romantic and cozy:
Photo credit: Michelle Hinckley/Houzz.com


Photo credit: Tara Bussema – Neat Organization and Design


Photo credit: Ken Gutmaker Architectural Photography


Bedroom by Sigmar


Bedroom by DISC Interiors
Park a pair of wingbacks at both ends of the dining room table to make a snug and stylish statement:
Dining Room by Horchow




Dining Room by JPID Construction & Design LLC


Dining Room by Andrea Brooks Interiors


Dining Room by Kristin Petro Interiors, Inc.


Dining Room by Casey Grace Design, LLC
Replace your office chair with a wingback chair to create a fashionable workspace without sacrificing your back:
Home Office by Laura Hardin


Home Office by BW Interiors


Home Office by Alicia Weaver Design, LLC


Home Office by NIH Homes


Home Office by 92nd Street by Katharine D. Interiors
Situate one in the entry to telegraph a message of warmth and welcome:
Entry by Kemp Hall Studio


Entry by Blackband Design


Entry by Meyer & Meyer, Inc.


Entry by Kate Jackson Design


Entry by Studio Schicketanz

Feeling warm and cozy? What’s your favorite chair style?