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Different chairs lend different styles, so it’s important you find the right one for you and your home. What suits one interior may look dramatically different in another, depending on the surrounding furniture and overall décor style. Our retro funky chairs are no exception, their bold yet beautiful designs often chosen as a focal point to enliven any number of interior settings. With a myriad of colours, shapes, sizes and iconic retro designs on offer, it’s important to consider where you’re going to use your chosen design. There are a number of stylistic features that define the look of each chair, and you should let these guide your decision.

Style & Chosen Era

Many of our fabulous funky chairs are replicas of iconic models from throughout the 20th century. From iconic 50’s designs to more recent replica models, they were inspired by a variety of pioneering design movements that ensured furniture would never be the same again. If creating a retro inspired room styled around a chosen era, it pays to do your research first and select a chair from the corresponding decade. Our Funky Chairs Through The Ages should help to get you on your way. Yet whilst you may wish to pair retro with retro, and modern with modern, sometimes juxtaposing past and present can create a striking contrast that can lend depth and character to a room. Furthermore, funky chairs can just as easily add a unique twist and interesting focal point to simple or neutral décor schemes.

White Mercer Funky Chairs With White Sofa
Funky Chair Size

Not only is it important that your chosen chair fits in the style of the room as a whole, but it’s just as crucial that it fits in size too. Many funky designs are larger than standard dining models, and hence it’s key you get your measurements right. A handy trick is to lay out sheets of newspaper to the dimensions of the chair on the floor of your chosen room. This will help you to visualise how much space it will take up, along with how much space is left for you to move around. Larger designs are great for making a statement and packing a visual punch, either as striking centrepieces or to fill in a corner or alcove area. Smaller models may be preferred in more compact spaces like the bedroom, or as an eye-catching feature grouped around a low coffee table.

Green Mercer Funky Chairs in Green and Charcoal Living Room
Seat Shape

Did you know that the shape of a seat can noticeably transform the look of a room? Round or curved chairs will complement interiors with other curved furniture beautifully. Grouping them round a circular dining table, by a bubble lampshade, or oval coffee table will lend a visually pleasing and harmonious appearance. Yet on the other hand, they can also cut a striking contrast in more traditional rooms with an abundance of straight, symmetrical lines. Popular crescent shaped designs like the Clementine Chair will soften the appearance of such interiors, creating a more casual and playful aesthetic for a relaxed and welcoming vibe. Many of our funky chairs also exhibit iconic retro shapes, which are great if you desire that nostalgic designer look.

Cream Funky Swan Chair In Cream Bedroom
Colour & Material

Funky chairs are all about making a statement, and hence colour and material are of paramount importance. Yet when considering upholstery, you do need to keep in mind the overall décor of the room they’ll be placed in. In a small or cramped interior where pushed for space, a brightly coloured or patterned design could visually crowd or compete for attention. Yet vice versa, colourful seating with a bold pattern or daring shape will liven up simple or plain room, adding a dynamic charm and unmistakable style. With the ability to be dyed a spectrum of vibrant colours, faux leather is a great funky choice with an undeniably modern appeal.

Blue and White Funky Chairs in Funky Reception Area
Frame Finish

Whilst the seat is undeniably important, the frame of your funky chair also plays a key part in the overall aesthetic and hence it should not be overlooked. Enhanced by a brushed steel or chrome frame finish, state-of-the-art central column designs are well liked for their futuristic ambience and should be chosen if you desire that ultra-modern vibe. Many come with 360-swivel, or even a gas lift mechanism for adjustable height. Alternatively, four-legged frames crafted from wood or metalwork are also great for creating a nostalgic ambience, and we’d advise you select this type if you value a particularly sturdy and stable base.

White Leather Tub Chairs with Wooden Legs by Coffee Table

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