Wing-Back Chairs Worthy of the Spotlight

Wing-back chairs were introduced in the United States in the early 18th century. They were originally designed to keep out drafts and keep the warmth of a fireplace in when sitting in a chair. Today's options offer the same comfort and our love for the classic silhouette hasn't waned. Here are seven spotlightworthy chairs, each with their own interpretation of the wing-back silhouette.

New Options with Leather

Pairing classic lines with a new fabric approach, the Garbo Leather Wingback Chair from Crate and Barrel is a more substantial investment at $2,199.00. Using fine top-grain leather, this chair pairs the classic with the new in a beautiful way and would create a beautiful contrast in either a modern or a traditional room. Pair it with a rustic table and a warm blanket and all you need is the warm fire.

A Ladylike Take

This beautiful chair has exaggerated curves and a ladylike feel. Available in eleven elegant shades of velvet, this chair was inspired by a flea market-found antique. Place it in a living room or make it the focus of a bedroom. Priced at $1,298, it can be found at Anthropologie.

Classically Affordable

You will be hard-pressed to find a more affordable pairing of a wing-back chair and ottoman than this one from Target for $316.80. The classic and simple lines are met with a transitional linen-type fabric. A lumbar pillow and ottoman modernize the historical shape with comfort features. The neutral dark gray coloring makes the options for where to put this chair limitless, but for some reason, picturing two of them in front of a fire keeps coming to mind. And for that price, two sets just might be an option.

An Option for Everyone

This wing-back chair from wins the ranking of the most versatile wing-back chair. The square-shape arms and wings lend it to a more contemporary or modern room while the nailhead details put it right at home in a traditional space. Extra comfort features like padded wings and an extra pillow ensure that you or guests will want to linger in it longer. Adding to the versatility is the neutral fabric and affordable price of $369.99.

A Masculine Approach

If you are looking for a solid, masculine chair for your home, the Devon Wing Arm Chair from is the choice for you. With an upright back, cross-bar-style legs, 400 hand-applied antique shoe nailhead trim, and upholstery in a dark gray linen fabric, this chair is versatile and beautiful and would create a strong presence in a modern or traditional room. Priced at $517.99, it is also available in a beige color option.

A Completely Modern Approach

This is not your grandmother's wing-back chair. With a smooth-shape framework, tapered legs, and textured gray fabric, the Dayton upholstered Armchair is a great way to bring a modern detail to any room. Pair it with colorful pillows and you have the perfect addition to your space. Best of all, it is priced right in the middle of the road at $599.

Change It All Up

If you want to take a totally different and new approach to a wing-back chair, then this seagrass chair is a great option. The seagrass frame brings in a contrasting texture and a more casual feel to a room. Add a throw pillow and change it out for the seasons and you have the perfect year-round chair. Purchase it from Pottery Barn on its own for $599 or pair it with the ottoman for $898.


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