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 NICOLEHOLLIS

 

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?

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