Saturday, August 30, 2014

Decorating With The Chaise Lounge

One piece of furniture that is next on my list to acquire is a chaise lounge, or more correctly, chaise longue. A literal translation in English is "long chair". They are stylish, elegant, and indulgent and make a beautiful impact on any room they are introduced to. The chaise lounge is an upholstered sofa in the shape of a chair that is long enough to support the legs.

It is thought that the first chaise, a blend of a chair and daybed, originated in Egypt, with many examples being found in the 1st dynasty (3100–2890 BC). Ancient Greek art depicts gods and goddesses lounging in this type of seat. The Romans also used a chaise for reclining in the daytime and to sleep on at night. They were popular in the grand houses of France in the early 19th century and as with much European furniture, the chaise lounge was imported to America in the first immigrant population wave of the 1830s. 

I love antique chaise lounges but here are also lovely
modern versions. Even the antiques can benefit from updated fabric to make them stylish and fresh. This post features both. If you want a real statement piece for your home that can be used in a variety of ways, consider purchasing a chaise.

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A divine pink tête-à-tête chaise in Schiaparelli's apartment.

I think this chaise is gorgeous, but I am partial to antiques.

These versatile and decorative pieces of upholstery come in all shapes and sizes and quickly become the focal point in a room.

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This style of chaise lounge is called a Récamier: a récamier has two raised ends, and nothing on the long sides. It is sometimes associated with French Empire (neo-classical) style.

The moment you add a chaise lounge to a setting, it is most likely going to steal the show.

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This chaise is French in design and looks wonderful in a Provence style home.

A lovely mohair-covered "Earl Chaise". This armless chaise lounge does not feature the traditional armrest. In addition to having a sleeker look, it can be placed in any direction.

A French chaise in Barbara Streisand's antique clothes shop.

The chaise lounge is a symbol of both comfort and luxury. I love the way this piece of furniture brings history into a room in such a lovely way.

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The chaise lounge is perfect for bedroom lounging in comfort and style whether you bedroom is modern.......

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........or vintage.

Relax in style in your sitting room with an ultra comfortable antique, button tufted, chaise lounge like this beautiful hot pink example.

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A Méridienne style chaise lounge has a high head-rest, and a lower foot-rest, joined by a sloping piece. This is the typically Grecian style we are familiar with.

This style is that of a classic "fainting sofa". But covered with a contemporary fabric pattern and nail heads it is updated and modern.

A chaise is the focal point in this lovely mix of antique and modern. Chaise lounges still function as chairs for rest and relaxation.

Duchesse brisée (Broken duchess in French): this word is used when the chaise lounge is divided in two parts: the chair and a long footstool, or two chairs with a stool in between them.

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A modern version of the Duchesse brisée.

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With sumptuous lines, carved legs, padded armrests, buttoned backs, and rich fabrics, these pieces complement formal interiors. Their cushions may be overstuffed for luxurious comfort.

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The chaise lounge still makes every space they adorn special and exceptional. This room has traditional elements as well as trendy wallpaper and faux fur rug.

I love the idea of two chaise lounges as an alternative to sofas.

A sleeker version of an antique style, this chaise is elegant and comfortable.

 Even with ornamintation the simple design structure of the chaise lounge as been a key element in it's continued popularity.That is why the chaise lounge is a favorite choice in contemporary furniture.

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When purchasing a chaise be sure to measure in advance and make sure your room can accommodate the piece. A recent client bought a huge chaise on her own and then called me to incorporate it in to a very small room already overcrowded with with large sectional sofas. 
 Even though I suggested using it elsewhere or returning it, she was bound and determined to ruin the entire look of her living room.

Modern style chaise lounges  gravitate toward neutral colors and simple, straight lines.

The chaise lounge is one such iconic piece of furniture that has withstood the test of time. Purchase one for yourself and "strike a pose"!

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