Best Opposite a Sofa: Club Chair
A deep seat, low back, and high arms make the club chair a safe but stylish choice. For a modern look, designer Emily Henderson suggests leather, velvet, or tweed. If your taste veers traditional, try a pair in richly colored linen or velvet. (Find a big variety at Restoration Hardware and Target.) An alternative for the living room: wooden-armed safari or saddle chairs—the open design balances out a sofa's bulk.
To Buy: Furh club chair, $2,195; onekingslane.com.
Best in a Bedroom Corner: Slipper Chair
With petite proportions and slim (or no) armrests, slipper chairs fit snugly into tight spaces, serving as the perfect bedroom perch. But you don’t have to keep this baby in a corner. “Try a pair of slipper chairs at the end of the bed as an alternative to a bench,” suggests designer and blogger Becki Owens. (One Kings Lane and Overstock.com offer chic options at discounted prices.)
To Buy: Randen upholstered chair, $530; worldmarket.com.
Best in an Entryway: Statement Chair
It’s the first thing you notice when you walk in, so an entry seat should be more than just a spot to throw shoes or drop your bag—ideally, it’s also a gorgeous visual. Lucite versions look sculptural and polished; bamboo or rattan creates a more relaxed, boho vibe, says designer Jill Goldberg. Or try an upholstered seat in a bright print for a hit of color.
To Buy: Storsele armchair, $119; ikea-usa.com.