Standout Seating Ideas To Make Your Living Space More Dynamic

Everybody’s got one: A tired old chair that has seen better days. Or, maybe it’s just a chair that no one likes to sit in for whatever reason. You don’t have to live with a chair that’s uncomfortable or just plain unattractive. If there’s one piece of furniture that offers nearly endless options for seating ideas, it’s the chair. Designers love to recreate this form using new materials, trendy textiles or imaginative new silhouettes. Just start shopping and you’ll be amazed at how many designs are available within each decor style. Here are ten seating ideas that will easily bring new life to a room.

Everyday Comfort

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If you’re looking for something that practically begs you to sink in and enjoy some reading or binge-watching, this is the chair. The Pala chair from Artifort is a new take on the upholstered chair. Created by Italian designer Luca Nichetto, it follows the shape of the human body and looks like once you’re seated, it will help a full day of tension — both physical and mental — melt away. The pedestal design is fully upholstered and the ottoman has similar design lines. The Pala is Nichetto’s first design from Artifort and has a companion piece that comes with a swivel base option.

High-Backed Silhouette

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High-backed chairs are a supremely comfortable type of chair and with more time spent working from home, this Zuma chair from Artifort could transform your workday. Tall and comfortable with clean, modern lines, the Zuma will add a refined air to any office setting. The seamless leather upholstery is well cushioned and the gorgeous rounded armrests are made from powder-coated cast aluminum. The metal base swivels and adjusts and the style is available in either a Lounge or Conference version.

Modern-Day Bean Bags

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Beanbag popularity swept the globe way back in the 1970s but the Lounge Chair by Woodnotes is the modern version of the beanbag that you need now. Great for watching TV or playing video games, it’s a very portable and versatile seat for kids and adults alike. The tetrahedron shape is modern and the treated cotton fabric repels dirt. The company says that the chair is filled with a mix of materials that guarantees it will maintain its shape. There’s even an outdoor version for the backyard, pool or beach that stands up to sun, sea and spray.

Relaxed Silhouettes

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Upholstered chairs that are traditionally done have a bit of a “straight-laced” vibe, so if you want something super casual and comfy, check out the Lab XL Low from Inno of Finland. The clean lines of the wooden frame have a Scandinavian feel that’s topped with well-stuffed, pillow-like cushions for the seat and back. The wood is available in eight different styles and a host of upholstery options are also possible. It’s a cozy look that will make this chair your new house favorite. The award-winning Lab collection includes other pieces such as tables and sofas if you want to create an entire laid-back space.

Stylish and Stackable

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There once was a day when the old-fashioned folding chairs were your only option for extra seating when guests and family came to visit, but thank goodness that’s not the case anymore. The Remo Chair from Plank, designed by Konstantin Grcic, is an eminently stylish and durable chair that is also stackable. The way the design nests means that you can easily fit an extra dozen or so in a closet or storage area. The shell seat is made from polypropylene and is available in 12 different colors from basic black to sulfur yellow. The chair’s metal structure is powder-coated in either a chrome or zinc. They can even be used outdoors!

Purely Plastic

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Indoors or out, the Myto chair from Planck is a super useful and colorful seating option. Created by designer Konstantin Grcic, it is made entirely from plastic, which means it’s durable, weather-resistant and care-free. The cantilevered design gives it a funky vibe that really attracts attention. Best of all, it’s also stackable, so you can easily stash them away when not in use and then quickly put them out when you entertain.

Mid-Century Modern Icon

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: There’s a reason that certain designs become iconic. The La Chaise by Charles and Ray Eames, presented by Vitra, became such a design because the seat has a flowing organic silhouette. Inspired by the ‘Floating Figure’ sculpture by Gaston Lachaise, the Eameses created the design for a competition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1948. Made from polyurethane, the La Chaise has a white lacquer finish and sits atop a base of chrome-plated tubular steel and a cruciform base in solid natural oak that is sourced in Western Europe and/or Poland.

Futuristic Vibe

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Add the futuristic Chair_One to your decor and you’ll add more than just an out-of-this-world design. Created by Konstantin Grcic and presented by Magis Design, this chair is eye-popping for a few reasons. Of course, the shape of the die-cast aluminum seat is the main one, but also the concrete base and neon colors accenting the swivel mechanism and the bottom pad. Look beyond the silhouette and you’ll see that it casts amazing shadows that shift with the changing light. Even better, it swivels, is suitable for outdoor use and is flame-retardant. An optional cushion is available in materials for either outdoor or indoor use.

Four-Legged Futurism

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For a touch of the futuristic but in a form more suitable for dining,  Chair_One also comes in a version with four legs. Grcic’s design is made from the same die-cast aluminum seat that is treated with sputtered fluorinated titanium and painted in polyester powder. The legs are made from anodized or painted aluminum. This version is also flame-retardant and suitable for outdoor use. Even better — it’s stackable!

All About the Sling

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The swing-shaped seat in the Dartagnan Chair by Toni Grilo is surprising but ideal for emphasizing the top curve that defines the silhouette. Presented by Haymann Editions, the proportions and angles are described “as accurate as the blade of the famous Musketeer.” The frame is made from solid ash that comes in any one of six different finishes. The leather sling seat is available in four different types of leather. If you’re looking for a sophisticated design that has a natural look, your search is over.

This selection of chairs includes some wildly different designs that will easily become the focal point in your decor. Since chairs are one of the easiest ways to refresh a space, choosing an innovative design is a way to go. Don’t make do with that ratty old chair and spice things up with a fresh seating idea.