The May 2014 issue of Elle Décor includes a feature on one of our favorite furnishings: the Slipper Chair. You may not realize it, but the armless seat was invented during Victorian times to accommodate women who wore full and sweeping gowns and needed a place to button up their footwear. Today, the piece is an entertaining essential, allowing guests to swivel from side to side during a conversation.
With a deep seat and small profile, Slipper Chairs are not only comfortable; they also slide into most spaces. Popular in pairs, they’re perfect for a living room seating grouping, a master suite lounging area, or a hallway or foyer sitting area.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, here are five of our favorite Slipper Chairs (psst, we have Mom’s size):
The silhouette of the Style Collection’s Elle Armless Chair is contemporary as well as traditional, making it the perfect transitional piece. It’s stocked in this gorgeous pattern that features grey, taupe and a touch of amethyst. Dressing up the chair is its matching kidney-shaped pillow. The Style Collection is one of our custom order collections, so you can design this piece to be exactly what you need by choosing another upholstery fabric for no extra charge.
The Illusions Accent Chair adds a bit of drama to a room with its bold floral in grey with red. The dark wood trim and legs ground the piece and add a contemporary feel. As a single or in a pair, this chair would liven up a room full of neutrals.
We love the mixture of grey tweed and stripes on the two-fabric application of the Gibson Armless Chair. Its deep base provides substance to its slim profile. Put a pair in your living room and let the party begin.
The striking geometric pattern on the upholstery of the Leda Armless Chair will instantly update your room. With an arched, rolled back, it looks great from all angles. Wooden legs give the piece a transitional feel, and its neutral grey and ivory pattern mixes well with any color palette.
The Lucy Armless Accent Chair from HGTV’s Home Furniture Collection has a trendy chevron pattern that adds pizzazz to your room. Covered in ivory and beige, it blends with any solid and can mix with bolder patterns your room. Its sleek size also makes it versatile, easily moving about the room while you entertain friends.