Updating the Classics - Wing Chairs

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Is there anyone out there that doesn't own at least one wing back chair?  These iconic chairs  have been around for hundreds of years and remain popular today.  The concept behind the wing chair's design is quite practical - they were meant to be used fireside to capture heat and trap it between the chair's wings.  The wings also served to protect its user from cold drafts. 


Early wingback chairs from the 1700's.


Wing chairs are still popular today  for their classic good looks and comfort.  Some versions even have a modern feel.








Wessex chair from Darryl Carter for Thomasville




Century Furniture




If you love the look of these modern beauties but don't have a big budget for the designer pieces, why not create your own modern classic?  Any sturdy wingchair can be transformed through fabric and/or paint.  And isn't it fun to make it your own with fabric and trim selections that make your heart skip a beat?























Still not over these - love!









Find a DIY tutorial for your reupholstering a wingback chair here.


Let your style soar with a classic American wing chair!  :)  Happy Wednesday!



Need some help pulling your style together?  The Green Room Interiors can make your home beautiful place to be!  Call Kim at 423.653.3186 or email thegreenroominteriors@gmail.com

23 comments:

Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

Love the Tobi Fairley too!! Happy Wednesday!

Privet and Holly said...

LOVE all of
these and would
find it VERY
hard to choose
just ONE! I
am going to
check out the
tutorial, because
for some reason
these are the
types of chairs
that always seem
to be at garage
sales....One
woman's trash
could be MY
treasure : )
Happy Wednesday!
xx Suzanne

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

Oh, I agree! I have been on the search for 2 matching wing back chairs to have re-done (painted and re-upholstered in some great fabric)...love it!

Everton Terrace said...

I've been recovering one for about 20 years now and you've made me realize it's time for another change. I love this chair, most comfortable in my whole house. Oh, did I say "I" recover it? No, I have it done but maybe I'll go check out that tutorial...

kayce hughes said...

I have been craving a pair lately. Must be all the great images on the blog world. Love all of your images.

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I'm probably in the minority, but I've never cared for wing chairs. Something about them makes me feel like they would be too stiff and uncomfortable.

Third Avenue Style said...

Oh I love your blog it is like Chair Porn!
Katie

this free bird said...

The orange velvet up top is soooo beautiful!! You're the queen of chairs! :)

xo,
Carrie
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shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh Kim, I wish I had your talent. We have an old blue velvet wing chair out in the garage, I have no idea how to recover it, or I would! Poor little chair! XO!

Style Attic said...

I have a pair and they are the real deal old! I redid them about 5 years ago in a medium chocolate velvet. Sometime I wish I had done a fun fabric, but the positive is I can change pillows out all day long b/c anything goes with them! BTW, the burnt orange high back is delish ;)

Bringing Pretty Back said...

I think there will be in style a million years from no! They just always look great!

Kendall said...

I'm loving the bright green and lavender fabrics on the traditional chair shape. Awesome!

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