No matter what design style you favor, if you are creating a comfortable living space at home, chances are you’ll require an armchair or two. Since we have lived with white decor and white living rooms through the decades, I have snagged my share of ivory, putty, alabaster and ecru arm chairs too. White Living Room Chair Ideas is a collection of some possibilities to consider. When I shared this post a year ago, my personal life was shrouded in darkness, and I reached out for help. So today as we revisit these ideas, I’m sharing an update.
12 Stunning White Living Room Chair Ideas
Why a white armchair? For starters, should your living space be on the cozy small side, white won’t be visually overpowering.
If you’re living room is lofty like mine, light, bright and neutral can come together for a serene and tranquil (even monastic–which I love!) mood.
Lovely Chair No. 1: Belgian Linen Swivel
I collected the Belgian linen chairs in our own living room over time, and they have lived in different rooms over the years.
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The Belgian linen upholstered Copenhagen chair from RH is my favorite, and while it’s no longer offered at Restoration Hardware, you can sometimes snag one HERE.
I can’t say enough about how easy Belgian linen is to live with.
Pieces in our living room have experienced their fair share of red wine, chocolate, and various ‘oops.’ Spot cleaning has always returned them to glory.
Gorgeous White Chair No. 2: Slope or Track Armed Lovely
Another design element I love about a gorgeous linen armchair is a beautiful slope or track arm which Belgian designers have ingeniously mastered.
Gorgeous White Living Room Chair No. 3: Wings & Swivel
I’m serious about my admiration for swivel. It’s just more fun, not to mention the ease for conversation, television watching, and overall function.
Pretty ArmChair No. 4: Barrel Chair With Swivel
Here’s an option when you need a couple of neutral barrel chairs for not a lot of barrels of cash.
Living Room Chair Idea No. 5: Compact Barrel Chair
I opted for inexpensive Tullsta barrel chairs from Ikea for our Arizona master bedroom, and there are wonderful examples, most with cost-conscious price tags. If messy slipcovers bother your eye, you may not be a fan of the Ikea ones I used. (You can also see the wrinkles of my Belgian linen panels at the window…never bothered me!).
Chair No. 6: Accent Chairs in Living Spaces
Let’s face it. For many of us, the kitchen has become the true living room. In my own kitchen, I approached the breakfast nook as more of a living space with Belgian linen slope arm dining chairs (RH) and a floor lamp as well as lots of pillows on the window seat.
Here’s a beautiful possibility!
Chair No. 7: Timeless Bergere
Oh, the beauty of a French armchair in any room!
Chair No. 8: Modern, Comfy & Unexpected
This chair! It’s on my list of ‘someday pieces’ for the dream house I am designing in my head. Who can forget how designer Pamela Pierce used one in her timeless Houston living room?
Chair No. 9: Sexy Peek-a-boo Linen
Here’s another one of those fantasy white linen chairs for me. It can’t go in just any ol’ space, but I can imagine designing a room around a pair of them. Wouldn’t 4 of them in lieu of a sofa be a sexy start for a chic and conversational living space?
You can snag it in chrome too if that better suits you.
White Chair No. 10: Traditional Wing That Feels Modern
Sometimes a living room can be in need of a freshened design element to save it from ‘granny factor’ or ‘one note-ness.’
Chair No. 11: Swing Chairs
So it’s well established that I love to swivel. But I also love to swing! Here’s a trio of yummy examples, and I’d love to hear your favorite.
Chair No. 12: Timeless & Swedish
Here’s a wildcard that reminds me of something I would see in a modern farmhouse or a space inspired by Patina Farm (read about the Giannetti’s latest venture HERE).
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Behind the Blog: Where My Heart Was One Year Ago
One year ago, our world turned upside down. We were losing our eldest son to a very rare blood disorder that began with colitis and a bacterial infection and bloomed into a syndrome and then disease. I asked for prayer, and the outpouring was nothing short of remarkable. Friends and family and prayer from strangers kept us going even as our family navigated the nightmare alone because of the pandemic. Here’s what I wrote last year:
“Thanks so much for reading, friends. If you are the praying type, I welcome your prayers. I will undergo two procedures in the morning and a third the following day, but that’s not the request.
It is our beautiful son. The last few days have been a living nightmare as a sudden onset of illness caused full blown colitis and constant stabbing pain. We learned tonight he is positive for an infection (not corona), and it is very serious. Pain meds are not helping enough, and he is unable to lift his head or talk. The reflexology I am doing helps him get through some of the pain. I can think of nothing else but helping him heal and feel loved.
My heart is so heavy – thank you.”
What Happened Next
Things got so much darker than this. While I was also ill, my condition was not life threatening. However, our son nearly passed away at home, and there was not even time for an ambulance. I rushed him myself to the ER where a team was assembled to save him. What we didn’t know (and in some respects are still processing) is that his care in the hospital was almost entirely experimental. TTP is so rare that none of the treating specialists had ever witnessed it. To give you an example of the ups and downs in the hospital, he gained 25 pounds (fluids) in one day.
There was this constant discernment (hourly!) necessary for the teams treating him about whether he should be moving about or still. Each day was packed with new concerns and danger because of micro blood clots forming and traveling to organs. Prayer was everything because as his advocates, we needed to constantly discern and assess quickly on his behalf. We watched for changes in mental status, judgment, pain, etc., and my reflexology skilled hands were a balm for his pain relief even as I was required to fast since I couldn’t properly digest meals. I know it sounds impossible, and it was. Oh, it was. Except grace carried us, fed us, animated us, became our breath.
As our son recovered at home, unfortunately he became very ill with the virus and has a history of respiratory issues and pneumonia. Once again, we lived moment by moment leaning on Grace.
One Year Later
What JOY I can report a year later that he has recovered!!! He is a busy attorney and cat dad to two rescues. He plays sports and lives fully. But he’s not the same. None of us will ever truly be the same after the experience.
It is so true that life has a pattern of order, disorder, and then reordering. We must never lose hope when the disorder seems too much to bear. For there is one who never sleeps and is always always a good good father, offering strength and endurance as reordering is underway.
If you have needs or prayer requests, I am always here ready to listen and pray. I won’t judge or preach.
Life is hard, but you’ve got a friend.
Peace to you right where you are.
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