Who would have thought that something so simple as placing two identical chairs next to each other could have such an impact on a room? If Pinterest is anything to go by, interior aficionados are at it too, using duos of every kind – from plush velvet loungers to rattan recliners – to make a quick and stylish update to living spaces.
The best part? It couldn’t be easier to replicate at home. Just read on for top tips from SL’s panel of interior experts, plus our edit of product, to nail the trend.
What type of chairs work best?
“If you’re going to be using this arrangement in your living room, the chairs should be a different height to the sofa, either higher backed or smaller and in a completely different finish or fabric for a juxtaposition.” – Camilla Hampton
Which rooms does the trend work best in?
“I love to create a sitting room that has seating in a square shape, so if you have a group of people over for drinks they are all facing each other. You can position a coffee table in the middle, beautifully styled with fashion books and home accessories, for a focal point in the room. But pairs of chairs also look great on either side of an entrance hall, at both ends of a chest of drawers or even a fireplace in a bedroom”. – Camilla Hampton
“We often use twin chairs to delineate an area, creating a space which encourages social interaction while still allowing circulation around the rest of the room, making this an ideal living room trend. But I also love using them to elegantly frame a fireplace.” – Natalia Miyar, Design Director, Helen Green Design
Which colours, prints and fabric should we look for?
“I love to cover pairs of chairs in a really high-impact, ‘wow’ fabric so they stand apart from the other furniture in the room. This is particularly true of a living room, where a sofa in a busy fabric would be too much of a colour-block for the room”. – Camilla Hampton