Best Seat in the House: A Guide to Modern Armchairs | Articulate

Best Seat in the House: A Guide to Modern Armchairs

Supportive. Stylish. Functional. There are so many reasons to add an armchair to your living room. But more than a design accent or additional seating, the right armchair punctuates your space. From a pop of personality to a cozy cove to curl up in, this simple piece does a lot of heavy lifting.

Taking the Guesswork Out of Modern Lounge Chairs

As armchair experts, we’re here to help you select the best seat for your space. Read on for our recommendations and what to consider.

Blue lounge chair on a gray rug, next to a brown wood dresser.

Melt into the modern Ceni Armchair, sitting pretty with a wooden base and comfy cushions.


A lot of living rooms aren’t large enough for both sofa and loveseat. But an inviting armchair is a versatile and cozy substitution for extra seating. The deep-seated Mod is certainly one of our most popular and affordable ones. With over 900 reviews, it’s adored for its high back, curved arms, and mid-century modern feel. This perennial favorite is often purchased in pairs, adding satisfying symmetry to any living room. 

Kick up your feet with the Ceni Armchair and matching Ceni Ottoman. Resting on a beautifully crafted wooden base, the track arms create a cleanly lined look. Its deep and simple form is filled with removable, plush cushions that are constantly beckoning you to tuck in with a blanket and good book.

Feel your worries slip away with the soothing sway of the Embrace. The creamy Coconut White upholstery with its soft seat is perched atop curved wooden legs, providing a modern and comfy twist on the classic rocking chair. Your guests will be delighted, that is if you’re willing to share your favorite seat. This piece is also really popular for nurseries!

Blue armchair on a white rug.

The Abisko Lounge Chair is what dreams are made of when it comes to modern comfort. Try not to fall asleep in its warm embrace.


An armchair is a wonderful way to add color and personality to your living room. Go bold with the Spin Chair in Sunset Orange. Its mid-century modern design, gold metal legs, and tweed upholstery make it feel like a treasured, vintage piece.

For something more modern, try the Abisko in Aurora Blue. Its oversized, feather-mix seat filling is extremely lounge-worthy while its deep color adds just the right amount of confidence to your living room’s aesthetic.

If you’ve gone all in on color, painting or paneling your walls, we’ve got just the thing. We love the idea of tone on tone with the Sven Chair, which is available in rich colors like Grass Green and Cascadia Blue. The velvet upholstery, tufted seat, and matching round bolsters adds so much charm.

A white armchair next to a wooden side table and lamp.

Boasting cozy bouclé fabric and gorgeous curves, the Gabriola Lounge Chair is the main character of any living space.


We are not neutral about neutrals. We adore the minimalist aesthetic, and the chill that a low-contrast palette brings to the space. But incorporating contrasting textures into your living room is a lovely way to deepen the dimension. The bouclé upholstery of the Gabriola Chair complements any space with its soft silhouette and stylish wooden legs. Pair it with the matching Gabriola Ottoman and you can be sure that someone will steal your seat when you get up to grab more snacks. Sorry, no savesies.

Contrast is more than just tactile. Add visual interest with the seamed, aniline leather of the Cigar Swivel Chair in Rawhide Tan. The natural upholstery develops a beautiful patina as it ages, somehow making it even cozier. With the 360 swivel action, you can be watching the news one moment and tune it out the next as you spin to gaze out the window.

A blur chair on a brown rug in a modern living room.

Don’t be shy. Kick up your feet while sitting back on the Otio Lounge Chair and relax into pure comfort.

The solid American Black Walnut frame of the Otio Chair adds a graceful delicateness to your living room’s design with its mid-century modern detail. But don’t be fooled by this sleek, angled silhouette — the thick, upholstered cushions are comfy and supportive.

Scratch two itches with the Matrix Chair, bringing both color and texture into your space. Its soft, velvet upholstery pops in colors like Yarrow Gold, Blush Pink, and Pacific Blue. The smaller footprint of this glamorous piece won’t take up too much space, and offers a colorful punctuation point. 

The Cornerstone to a Modern Space

Don’t sleep on the impact of an modern lounge chair. It’s a compact way to add color, contrast, and coziness to your living room. Whether a bold statement or a complementary neutral, an armchair amplifies your room’s aesthetic. It’s also often the most coveted spot to sit.

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