An occasional chair’s place in your living room is really as another seat for when friends and family stop by. Depending on your room’s layout, you might place a matching pair side-by-side at right angles to your sofa, sit one off to the side of a fireplace, angled back into the room (a useful trick to stop it feeling as if everyone is facing the fire rather than each other. A low-backed style like Madeleine or Audrey would be best for this), or tuck it off in a corner. This last idea can help when designing the layout of a long, thin living room. Instead of placing all your furniture around the edges looking at a big, empty space in the middle, create a couple of smaller groups, perhaps with your sofa and a bigger armchair or two by the fire (or TV), and then a couple of occasional chairs together with a side table or drinks trolley in another area, forming a second seating space. Your room will actually feel bigger when you can look out at furniture around the edges, you’ll make better use of the space, and these different conversation spots will really come into their own at a party.
Occasional armchairs can also make great reading chairs. Again, place one off in a normally forgotten corner of your living room, sit a side table and lamp by its side, and you’ll breathe new life into this space as a cosy nook for one. You’ll want to choose a slightly bigger chair, like Matilda, Caspar, Theo or Dominic, although our newest occasional chair, Audrey, despite its low back, is actually proportioned to offer lots in the way of comfort and support, and is deceptively generous.