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5 Must Have Armchairs For A Cosy Living Room

5 Must Have Armchairs For A Cosy Living Room

Now we’re in the throes of winter, this is the time when I really want to hibernate at home and spend dark, gloomy afternoons by the log burner while drinking hot chocolate in a cosy living room. In reality that rarely happens as life with a toddler and 2 business’ to run means I don’t have much time to sit and relax during the day, but that doesn’t stop me yearning for a cosy nook to hide away and read a book.

I also find that working from home means I’m constantly looking to change my decor, I tire of the same 4 walls quite quickly and visits to Pinterest do nothing to quash that urge. Our cream sofa’s are just too spring-like right now and I keep finding myself browsing online furniture sites, looking for a reason to buy a new one. It really doesn’t take much self reasoning if I’m honest though, once I’ve got my mind-set on something, I’m stuck with the inner argument of wants and needs.

And that cosy armchair I mentioned, I have found the perfect spot. I writing this in the midst of a heavy cold and a cosy living room to nurse my aching limbs is just the tonic. The nearest I’ll get to that right now though is sharing with you my choice from the Multiyork collection.

First off, this leather armchair with plush chenille fabric seats makes my heart sing. As a cuddle chair, I’d have a little more room to stretch out my legs and with 3 sons and a husband, there shouldn’t be a shortage of people to cuddle with. Although it would take a serious amount of bribery to get my teenager to sit with me. It’s a classic design which would compliment the rustic elements of our living room and definitely high up on my list.

Choosing an armchair to create a cosy living room.

Audley armchair, photo credit to Multiyork

As statement arm chairs go, there isn’t much more statement than a sultry, boudoir, velvet chair. This is a stark contrast to the subtle greys and yellows I’ve got throughout, but I am trying to be more brave in my choices and wow, does this take the biscuit. The castor legs would make cleaning our wooden floors a breeze, no more embarrassing hoards of Lego and guilty hidden chocolate bar wrappers to be found each time I moved it.

5 must have armchairs for creating a cosy living room

Smarty Chair, photo courtesy of Multiyork

This simple and unassuming Long Island chair would hide a multitude of sins, gathered in the everyday battering of family life, yet is a modern style which, with a bright contrasting cushion would sit well (see what I did there!) in any theme. I chose this dark grey herringbone fabric for its classy and country feel.

5 must have armchairs for creating a cosy living room

Long Island chair photo courtesy of Multiyork

Although similar to the Audley armchair, this Downton one is full leather. Our current and previous sofas have been leather and the practicality within a busy family is something which I was always thankful of.  You shouldn’t always opt for the cheapest end of the range when choosing a leather sofa as a good quality one will far out last a cheap one and improves with age. I like that this one is balanced with fabric back cushions.

5 must have armchairs for creating a cosy living room.

Downton armchair, photo courtesy of Multiyork

My last is by no means least. When I envision sitting in a cosy armchair, on that gloomy December afternoon, what I really mean was draped. There are people out there who scorn at the person who perches on the arms, who believe that the centre cushion and the centre cushion only, is the place to sit. I’m not one of them. I like to slump, drape, perch and flop to my heart’s content. cross-legged reading a book, legs dangling over the side watching a film or perched on the arm while chatting on the phone. This Bowden armchair is my practical, functional style and this teal fabric retains the feature chair I’m looking for and looks like it could withstand my armchair acrobatics.

5 musthave armchairs to create a cosy living room.

Bowden Chair, photo courtesy of Multiyork

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  1. 30th November 2015 / 9:10 pm

    That first armchair looks so inviting and comfy! I think if I sat in it I would struggle to move again….hehehe

  2. 6th January 2016 / 10:09 am

    I love the first one, I can imagine snuggling up in that with a magazine and a roaring fire!

    • 6th January 2016 / 9:22 pm

      I had such fun writing this post and then promptly suggested we need new living room furniture to my husband! love them all.

  3. 6th January 2016 / 9:40 pm

    I’d probably go with the grey herringbone one if I had to choose! I LOVE a good armchair — my favourite is the Balzac by Matthew Hilton — when I win the lottery *ahem* I’m going to snap one up!! 🙂 One day eh?! Thanks so much for linking up pet — love your new blog look 🙂 #HomeEtc

  4. 7th January 2016 / 6:34 pm

    All of these look SUPER comfortable and would suit any home. I adore the first one. I have quite a few armchairs in my home and Hubby rolls his eyes when I browse them in the shops ha ha!!! Thanks for linking up. And a happy new year! Jess xx


    • 9th January 2016 / 9:59 pm

      I got rid of the most amazing one years ago and have been looking for a replacement ever since.

  5. 7th January 2016 / 10:03 pm

    January is just the time to hibernate isn’t it? Especially when everyone’s talking about diets and giving up things – totally the wrong time of year Love those cuddle chairs, though I think I’ll be happy there on my own 🙂 #homeetc

    • 8th January 2016 / 5:08 pm

      Space to spread out is never a bad thing, my youngest tends to hog a sofa to himself.

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