Occasional chairs. Experts don’t seem to agree on the definition of what is an occasional chair.
According to Wikipedia, occasional furniture refers to small pieces of furniture that can be put to varied uses as the occasion demands. The occasional chair, some report, is simply a stand-alone piece of furniture that is not typically part of a complete set, meaning it doesn’t match the sofa and love seat or the dining room set.
The occasional chair is used as additional seating or as an accent piece in a room.
Although they are not identical, occasional chairs do need to blend in with the existing furnishings, fabrics and general decor. An ultra-modern chair with metal accents will look out of place in a traditionally decorated home. Just as a grandiose occasional chair with a busy print and ornately turned legs, arms, and back would not work in a sleek, minimalist environment.
Today’s smart designers and home decorators believe that each piece should stand on its own merit, according to Paul Dickey of Classy Cat Consignment. “Occasional chairs can be functional for comfort, leisure, or just to bring color or style to space,” he says.
Gail Adkins with Change Magic Interior Redesign says, “Occasional chairs are really accessories. Chose them the way you would a piece of art. They can be whimsical, traditional, unpredictable, or simply functional.”
Baylor Bone of Baylor Bone Interiors says her clients favor faux finishes, as well as matte finishes and high gloss black. She also reports that many of her customers are enjoying swivel and rocking occasional chairs due to their versatility and comfort.
According to designer and TV personality Tommy Smythe, an occasional chair can be one of the most versatile pieces of furniture in the home. He recently told Style At Home, “The whole idea behind this type of chair is that sometimes it’s tucked next to your entrance hall table, sometimes it’s up against the wall of the dining room, and sometimes it’s in a corner of the living room. The occasional chair is always waiting to be used when the occasion calls for it. It’s the piece of furniture you can rely on to be there when you need it.”
Beautifully-crafted occasional chairs can quickly elevate the level of style in an entire room. Elegant and portable, occasional chairs are probably the ultimate in comfortable yet functional furniture. You see these chairs most often in a dining or living room configuration, but it’s important to think outside the box as to where an occasional chair can add a sense of grace and beauty as well as a comfortable place to sit.
So apart from dining and living rooms, where are good spots to use occasional chairs? Ah, the list is long. For a start, think about bedrooms. An occasional chair can be the ideal piece of furniture for sitting in to put on shoes, to hold tomorrow’s outfit, or in which to read a favorite book. Now think about other areas of the house: the hallway, the kitchen, the family room, and the home office. Occasional chairs can be perfectly at home in any of these places, bringing a touch of elegance as well as function to each of these rooms.
Introducing an elegant and useful chair into any room in your home provides an inviting and beautiful place to relax, one you and your family and friends will enjoy.
There are a number of sources for occasional chairs in the Greater Nashville area including:
2 Danes Nashville 615-352-6085
American Signature Furniture Franklin 615-778-9557
The Bagbey House Franklin 615-595-8645
Baylor Bone Interiors Nashville 615/ 822-3199
B.F. Myers Goodlettsville 615-859-1301
Bradford’s Nashville 615-297-3541
Change Magic Interior Redesign Nashville 615-275-9514
Classy Cat Consignment Furniture Brentwood 615-377-7738
Coble Furniture Lewisburg 931-359-5033
Davishire Interiors Nashville 615-298-2670
Decorating Den Nashville 615-469-7334
Design Nashville Nashville 615-601-0552
English & Company Nashville 615-315-5589
Ethan Allen Brentwood 615-661-6088
Furnish 1•2•3 Clarksville 931-274-0014 Nashville 615-354-1099
Gibson Furniture Gallatin 615-206-9244
Haverty’s Murfreesboro 615-895-6736 Brentwood 615-370-4525 Madison 615-851-6722
Iron Gate Franklin 615-791-7511
J.J. Ashley’s Franklin 615-791-0011
Just Design This Auburntown KY 615-478-4738
Karmal Skillington Nashville 615-460-7197
La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries Franklin 615-778-0190
Loblolly Interiors Market Columbia 931-388-4676
Margi’s Chair & Chair Alike Nashville 615-463-3322
Merridian Home Furnishings Nashville 615-463-0555
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Nashville 615-460-7665
Modernash Nashville 615-584-8334
Nadeau Furniture Nashville 615-298-2474
Nouveau Classics of Nashville Nashville 615-383-3164
Peddler Interiors Murfreesboro 615-896-5431
Quality Furniture Murfreesboro 615-896-3889
Rebecca’s Furniture & Design Franklin 615-595-2553
Recreations Nashville 615-834-0055
Redo Franklin 615-790-3989
The Snooty Fox Brentwood 615-661-4565
Sprintz furniture Franklin 615-236-1700 Nashville 615-352-5912
Summer Classics Home Nashville 615-783-1889
Thomasville Home Furnishings Franklin 615-236-7002
Trees N Trends Franklin 615-591-4601 Madison 615-859-3518
Zgallerie Nashville 615-385-561