Finding the perfect armchair

This image and image below:  Photography:   Hannah Blackmore   /   Styling:   Claudia Stephenson   /   Interior:   The Designory

This image and image below: Photography: Hannah Blackmore  /  Styling: Claudia Stephenson  /  Interior: The Designory

Finding the right armchair can be tricky, so we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite designs in a whole range of styles.


For me, an elegant chair choice is determined by both its shape, and texture. Velvet is always my go-to material for a little bit of modern day luxury. My all-time favourite chair has to be the Croisette velvet armchair from Bastille and Sons (pictured in the two images above), in this luscious petrol blue colour. In fact, I love it so much I’ve pre-ordered one for my own living room! It comes in so many great colours and also a cotton version with a white frame, for a more casual look. I love this chair so much I’ve also included it in pink further down.

Another elegant option is this Jonathan Adler Maxime lounge chair (pictured left) from Coco Republic. The sumptuous shearling upholstery teamed with its sleek brass frame makes it a fab choice for a glamorous boudoir or living room.


There is something unmistakably sophisticated about leather. Normally though it’s not a material I would choose for my home – perhaps it’s a little too much on the masculine side of things. However these contemporary chairs have totally changed my mind. In particular, I’m loving The Stanley armchair (pictured directly above and right) from Urban Couture.

Designed with a black steel metal frame and Italian tan leather, Urban Couture have given this chair an industrial yet modern twist. And the back of it – super sexy, am I right?! Priced at $2495 it is a little pricey, although to be fair, most leather armchairs are because of the material. Consider this an investment piece – a chair that will last the test of time.


When it comes to the colour blush pink, you really can’t go wrong. Combine it with golden brass accents, and well, it’s fair to say that I go completely weak at the knees. There seems to be an abundance of pink and gold armchairs at the moment, and with good reason – it’s a feminine look that looks equally good in a bedroom or living room.

The Roar + Rabbit Swivel chair in dusty pink, (pictured above) from West Elm is currently on the top of my favourites list, thanks to its pleating, super soft velvet and swiveling gold legs. I could imagine this chair in a super sweet nursery too. Oh the possibilities are endless with this one.


There’s no denying that Scandinavian-style’s popularity is currently at an all time high in Australia, thanks to its enduring minimal clean lines, and soft monochromatic colour palette. I personally love to see this style infused with pops of pastel colours to give it some life. For this reason I’ve thrown in some lovely pastel coloured armchairs below, all of which have distinct Scandi style. Harpers Project’s Scandinavian armchair pictured above comes in light grey or white and is currently on sale – bonus!

The Tamarama armchair from Urban Couture, pictured left, is another great choice for Scandi homes. I can definitely see this contemporary style of chair working in a coastal style home too. Its removable slip cover also means you can wash it and keep the white cover looking nice and clean.