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Welcome to The Deep Dive, a series in which we search high and low for the best of the best in any decor-related category, from curtains to glassware. Next up: armchairs.

It’s a pretty standard formula: Take something timeless and throw in a bold accessory to create a look that’s not too out there but still has that cool factor. This concept has always applied to your wardrobe, but you should also use it when styling your living room. If you’re going classic with your sofa, then treat your armchairs like an extra-festive add-on.

Simply look for vivid colors and whimsical shapes—there are plenty of options out there, ranging from just slightly offbeat to wildly nontraditionalist. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. After all, the armchairs (and personal accessories) that make the greatest impact are always conversation starters.


Playful, chunky silhouettes or sleek stripes are anything but boring.


Blue upholstery can feel nautical or preppy when it’s styled a certain way—but that’s not the case with these quirky options. 


Who needs a houseplant when you can have one of these seats? Choose your player: forest or olive green.


Orange just doesn’t get enough love. The hue is perfect for bringing warmth into a space—especially when it comes in the form of extra-cushy or delightfully boxy furniture.


A yellow armchair is like a ray of sunshine that never fades away. Bask in its eternal good vibes.

Red and Pink

These rosy chairs are the cherry on top of your living room setup.

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