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My Balsam Hill Home: Stylish Slipper Chairs

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Introduced in the early 18th century, the slipper chair brings to mind romantic scenes from old films where a beautiful lady wearing an oversized skirt and laced corset sits on an armless high-back chair by the fire. Traditionally, this low-slung chair was used only in boudoirs to assist ladies in dressing.

While people typically no longer wear such extravagant clothing, this vintage piece of furniture can take on new life in neo-classical and transitional homes. Here are some of the ways old slipper chairs can be reused in different rooms.

The Slipper Chair as an Accent

Infuse personality and pattern into a room by using your slipper chair as a beautiful accent piece. If the original color isn’t already stunning, you can re-upholster it in vibrant fabric to add a pop of color.


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With the right fabric, your slipper chair can expertly bring together your living room furniture. It can also enhance the look of the entryway while providing comfortable seating as you put on or remove shoes.

The Slipper Chair as Partition

Slipper chairs are great options for dividing big spaces. The height of this high-back chair has a dramatic visual impact: it separates areas without physically taking up the entire space. Remember to use neutral-colored upholstery to keep the space calm. Just add an accent throw pillow if you need color.


Traditional Living Room by Herndon Photographers CB4 Photography

 

The Slipper Chair in the Reading Nook

Thanks to its slender silhouette, the slipper chair can be tucked in a corner beside a bookshelf or alongside a small table to serve as a reading nook. Add a floor lamp and an ottoman in the center for cozy nighttime reading.


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The Slipper Chair in the Conversation Area

Two slipper chairs placed by a window can instantly create an intimate seating area. Meanwhile, pulling a slipper chair into the living room opens up the conversation to more people. The chairs add functional seating without taking up space or interrupting movement throughout the conversation area.


Eclectic Living Room by Portland Interior Designers & Decorators Kate Byer Interior Design

 

The Slipper Chair as Extra Seating

Many slipper chairs are light enough to be moved easily to the dining table or any area where you need additional seating. Because the slipper chair has a streamlined form, you can squeeze in extra seats for guests even in smaller dining areas.


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Small in stature but big on sophistication, the slipper chair transforms your home into an elegant dwelling. Whether in the entryway, living room, or dining room, this piece of furniture transcends centuries to fill any space with style.

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About the Author
Inspired by my passion for the visual arts and my years of experience in the field of design, I enjoy a life of style and artistry. I am a devoted follower of minimalism and I believe in the marriage of form and function. I try to live by these principles, from my subtle but classic fashion sense when it comes to clothes and jewelry, to the various projects I manage and work on in my professional career Influenced by the refined grace of Coco Chanel, the timeless beauty of my favorite city, Stockholm, and the new ideas and trends I read from design books, I try to infuse my life with elegance and sophistication. Join me on Balsam Hill’s blog to get my tips and advice on home design and personal style.
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