Sunday, March 3, 2013

Lets Just Wing It, Shall We?

Not your Granny's Wing-Back Chair!

As a child I remember seeing these chairs in family friends home. I loved to curl up in them to enjoy the cozy feeling the side wings gave me. I didn’t know then that these chairs were called “Wing-Back” chairs. We didn't have one in our home so they seemed very stylish to me.  When I married years later and had to buy our first upholstered arm chair I knew instantly that this was the style of chair I wanted.  I bought mine at a tag-sale for $20.00 and re-upholstered it myself in a camel colored velvet.  I loved using it in almost every room in the house!

The Wikipedia describes it this way; a wing chair (also, wing-back chair or wing-back) is an easy chair or club chair with "wings" mounted to the back of the chair typically but not always stretching down to the arm rest. The purpose of which was to enclose the head or torso areas of the body in order to provide comfortable protection from drafts, and to trap the heat from a fireplace in the area where the person would be sitting. Hence, in historic times these are often used near a fireplace. Currently most examples of wing chairs are fully upholstered with exposed wood legs, but, many of the oldest wing chair examples have an exposed frame with padded cushions at the seat, arm rests, back and sometimes wings.
Perfect a dining room ambiance.

These days this chair is making a huge comeback and it is seen in virtually every home décor magazine.  Lots of different variations on styling and in every imaginable fabric color and print.

 
 
 
 
 
Decorating Tips; Use them in pairs with one round foot stool for both.  Placed flanking the fireplace or a credenza it makes a fabulous focal point for the room.
For an interesting look some come in two different fabrics. One fabric or leather (a solid) on the inside of the chair back and seat and a different fabric (a large print) on the outside back and arms. Some are available as recliners; done in leather they add a masculine touch to a family or living room. 
And to add a sense of Old World style to the bedroom, many Wing-Back Beds are available as well. Sometimes called“Shelter” Beds they have the same qualities and style as the chair.
 

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