As with any design theme, the country decor has certain furniture styles and designs that complement the overall look and feel of the room. Something as simple and functional as a chair can really make a statement in a room and there are many country chair styles to choose from.
Chairs are used in literally every room of your home. This includes the obvious dining room chairs, kitchen chairs, living room chairs, accent chairs for a hallway or entry, chairs in the bedroom, den, library and even the bathroom. A country home uses an eclectic mix of chair designs throughout the house.
A look at traditional country style chairs
A ladder back and a Windsor chair are historical designs that are commonly used in country homes.
A ladder back chair features a back that is designed to look like the rungs on a ladder and usually has a seat made of cane. This chair was common in colonial America and certainly satisfied their puritan desire for a chair that made you sit up straight and tall. To make these chairs a bit more comfortable, a colorful seat cushion in a fabric that compliments your decor can be tied to the lower rungs.
While popular in early American design, Windsor chairs actually date back to England during the early 16th century. They made their first appearance in America in Philadelphia where our founding fathers were believed to have sat in these iconic chairs during the signing of the Declaration of Independence. They were unique at the time as the spindles were placed into drilled or dowel holes. Up to that point chairs and chair backs were created in one continuous design.
Another unique feature of Windsor chairs is the rounded back design and the afore-mentioned spindles. The seats were rounded and carved for comfort. They are available with or without arms and, over the years, the height and style of the back has evolved into many different designs. As with ladder back chairs, a seat cushion can be added for comfort and for decorative purposes.
Decorating with country chairs
Chairs are furniture pieces that are used in literally every room of your home. This includes the obvious dining room chairs, kitchen chairs, living room chairs, accent chairs for a hallway or entry, chairs in the bedroom, den, library and even the bathroom. A country home uses an eclectic mix of chair designs throughout the house.
- Kitchen chairs are often subjected to use on a daily basis. Therefore, they need to be strong and durable and simple in design. A collection of mismatched chairs is a casual look that is perfect for the kitchen. Or group a set of four ladder back chairs with comfortable cushions around an old farm table to create a spot for dining, homework and the occasional bill paying.
- A country dining room may be casual or a bit more formal in design, depending on your own personal style. A casual dining room might include a set of cane seated ladder back chairs around a distressed wooden table while a more formal space would use dark stained Windsor chairs pulled up to a polished wood table. Add a wing back host and hostess chair for real style and comfort in this formal setting.
- If French country design is more to your liking, a set of carved ladder back chairs grouped around a metal based table will create an inviting spot to dine. Colorful seat cushions tied to the lower rungs of the chair will add to the overall French country look.
- Living and bedroom chairs call for comfort. An upholstered club chair or wing back works well in these spaces. Choose upholstery fabrics that compliment the overall country design you desire such as colorful toiles and checks for French country or a natural fiber like linen and cotton for primitive country design.
- Cottage country design can utilize all of these chair styles. The main difference would be the finish. Cottage style prefers a distressed painted finish in soft shades of white and cream along with rusted metal accents on chair legs, table bases, etc.
- Accent chairs are those wonderful little chairs placed next to the front door to catch your coat and purse or in a hallway to warm up a bare spot. They are often small in nature and not really meant for everyday seating. An accent chair may be an old antique that is too delicate to be used at the dining table or a whimsical and artistic piece that adds color and personality to your home.
A country home is all about comfort and function. Choosing the right chair for each room of your home will create a comfortable and welcoming spot for your family and your guests.