Sitting pretty: colourful armchairs that will stand out in your living room

Make a statement in the sitting room with these big, bold chairs

Gervasoni-blue-armchair
Nuvola 05 armchair, From £2,061, Gervasoni

The living room suite is dead. Interior design has moved on from uniformity, it’s currently all about expressing yourself through colour, texture and shape. There’s no need to match your armchairs to your sofa – be bold and experimental and go for contrasts.

Two angular chairs in differing shades look stylishly consistent, and will come across as more curated, rather than matchy-matchy. Keep the colours the same but go for drastically different shapes: one lower and round, one more squared off in form. This complimentary but not identical approach allows more space for fanciful options – you don’t need to choose between styles, get them both.

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Your space needs only one unusual seat. Make it a focal point by bringing in the surprise element: think of it as a piece of art that doubles as a spot to sit. Picking an unusual lamp design to light your reading nook helps to harmonise the unexpected seating arrangement.

Corallo-armchair-by-Paolo-Grasselli,-£POA,-Bonaldo
Corallo armchair by Paolo Grasselli, £POA, Bonaldo
Munna Polaire Armchair Velvet Ebony Veneer, £1,962, Houseology
UP50-Lounge-Chair,--£3,781.65,-Chaplins-Furniture
UP50 Lounge Chair, £3,781.65, Chaplins Furniture
Vinterior-Italian-Modernist-Sofa-Of-Unusual-Design-In-Emerald
Italian Modernist Sofa £2,036, Vinterior
Fritz-Hansen-Plenum-armchair
Fritz Hansen Plenum armchair in pink revive, £4,037.08, Nest
Tacchini-Reversível-in-orange
Reversível in orange,£2,490, Tacchini
Jonas armchair in Camel, £329, Tikamoon
Jonas armchair in Camel, £329, Tikamoon
Waterley-Blue-and-White-Futuristic-Velvet-Chair
Waterley Blue and White Futuristic Velvet Chair,£687, Artisanti