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How To Choose The Right Armchair For Functionality & Aesthetics

October 14, 2021

Many homeowners go through the same dilemma when it comes to decorating their abode with furniture – to get or not to get? This is especially apt in Singapore when it comes to choosing an armchair, as many see it as an accent chair to spruce up the space rather than a need.

While there is no hard and fast rule because it all boils down to preference, there are some things to look out for when choosing an armchair that will tick both the functionality and aesthetic boxes. Keep this checklist at the back of your mind when shopping to help make your decision-making process easier.

Consider your interior design

minimalist accent armchair

Armchairs can be considered accent pieces that help to add more decorative value to your home so they should stand out but without looking like a sore thumb. To achieve this, it is important to consider your interior design before making the purchase.

For example, if your house has taken on the minimalist approach, you should not be buying an armchair in a bright colour or loud pattern which will look out of place amongst the rest of your furniture and decorations. Go for neutral colours such as ivory, beige and grey that can be easily matched with the rest of your home instead. You can also opt for an armchair with simple gold detailing such as our Scottie Swivel Armchair to add pizzazz without being too showy.

Consider the size of the room

Just like how dark colours tend to make a room look smaller, big furniture that takes up a lot of space has the same effect. Next up on your checklist should be considering the size of the room you wish to place the armchair in, especially in Singapore when houses like HDBs and BTOs are getting smaller as time goes by.

Avery Checkered Armchair

The most common room to place an armchair in is the living room. Some homeowners may be blessed with a spacious living room space while others will have to work with the space limitations. It is recommended that you choose one with taller legs, like our Avery Checkered Armchair, if you have a smaller living room as the space between the floor and chair will give the illusion of more room.

Betty Lounger

But if you are one of the lucky ones with more living space to work with, our Betty Lounger is the perfect option as its low structure will make you feel like you are lounging on a beanbag.

Consider the material

The material of the armchair you end up choosing needs to be one that meets your lifestyle or interior design needs. For instance, velvet gives off a luxe vibe that will fit right into any regal interior design but is harder to clean as it is not waterproof and stains easily. However, if you have a strict “no food on the couch” rule, this is probably something you do not have to worry about.

Don Vito Armchair

On the other hand, if you have pets and kids who may make a mess, materials like PU leather, as seen on our Don Vito Armchair, is a better choice as it can be simply wiped down with a damp cloth.

Consider the seat, arms and back

If your main concern when it comes to selecting an armchair is comfort, then it is irrefutable that you look out for these things.

Emillie Armchair

  • Does the seat sink in too much – a plush armchair looks cosy and snug but if the seat sinks in too much, it may provide less support for the lower back and makes it hard to get up.
  • Is the back high or low – an armchair with a higher back is undoubtedly more enjoyable as it provides support from the upper to the lower back.
  • Are there armrests – we know it is called an “armchair” as it usually comes with armrests but you would be surprised to see more and more armchairs without them so if you are looking for ultimate comfort, it is best to go for those with arms.

Our Emillie Armchair ticks all the boxes!

Now that you are armed with everything you need to know before purchasing an armchair, take your pick from Snow Globe’s wide range of accent chairs to shop from. We are a luxury furniture store in Singapore carrying a wide range of furniture at affordable prices. Take a look at our online catalogue today!

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