To ensure guests have plenty of surface space for drinks and snacks, try adding round-topped occasional tables between pairs of Adirondack chairs. Round is always an excellent option since the lack of corners means no sharp edges for anyone who may bump into the tables as they get in and out of their seats.
This 1968 collection features each of the Marcel Breuer designs Knoll acquired from the Italian furniture manufacturer Gavina, including a caned "Cesca" armchair and occasional chair, a "Laccio" table, a "Wassily" chair, and a cushioned chaise longue.
A green wall with white resin animal heads is the focal point of this safari-themed nursery, which also features a gray crib with striped bedding as well as a leather occasional chair with nailhead trim.
A tall vase filled with scarlet maple branches creates a show-stopping fall arrangement in this Manhattan living room. Hints of burnished gold in the leather occasional chair, lamp and pillow warm up this cozy corner designed by HGTV fan Patrick.
This white midcentury modern living room features a number of midcentury elements such as the chandelier, wall mirror, occasional chairs, coffee table and console table. Pink pillows and a pink patterned area rug help soften the look of the space.
Classic caning and ceramic figurines feature prominently in this guest bedroom, where designer James Farmer chose a pale floral fabric to upholster the bedstead, occasional chairs and a bench. Monogrammed linens in a barely-there blue give the space a sense of serenity.
Notable elements from the first floor of this 19th-century Alabama home — Andrew Lee's framed illustrations, the maximalist green-and-white Schumacher Zanzibar Trellis wallpaper, the subtle leopard print on the occasional chairs — return to develop a sense of cohesion on the landing upstairs.
Artwork is just as much the focal point as the mix of furniture styles in this eclectic seating area. A quadrant of bright abstract art coordinates with the dove gray sofa and lavender occasional chair without being matchy-matchy. A scattering of details personalizes the space: a collection of favorite vinyl records and an acoustic guitar.
Jackson Paige Interiors designed this Brentwood home with a contemporary approach but added touches of coastal style throughout the space. This family room, for example, features a soft turquoise wallpaper as an accent wall, complementary sofa pillows, along with a coffee table, end table and art that inspire one to "hit the beach." Especially fetching are the low-to-the-ground occasional chairs that have a cottage-style aesthetic.
These oversized, traditional leather chairs get the doggie stamp of approval. Gathered around a small occasional table and accented with his and hers pillows, the chairs create a cozy seating area at the foot of the bed.
Furnishing a living room with a nearby staircase can present a traffic flow obstacle. Similar to hallways, it's best to think of staircases as high-traffic areas requiring at least 36 inches of clearance. Rather than outfitting the walls around a staircase with heavy furniture, try using them to showcase art or accent pieces, such as sculptural chairs or occasional seating in the form of ottomans or lightweight benches.
Going for maximum airiness, Luke and Clint gave this space a 20-foot-high ceiling and two-story windows. It’s cozied up by a gas fireplace clad in smooth cedarwood, with soapstone on the hearth. Aggregate concrete floors with embedded river rocks stand up to occasional basketball dribbling. The 1960s leather sofa and the rockers are from Boise Vintage—Luke had the chairs reupholstered in buffalo check fabric from JoAnn.
Coffee tables can make a huge impact on the look and functionality of a living room. With their lack of sharp edges, round coffee tables or ottomans are great for living rooms used by children; however, they can result in wasted space when placed next to square or rectangular sofas and chairs. To outfit a seating area with plenty of useable tabletop surface (or multipurpose occasional seating), consider grouping two or three round coffee tables or ottomans together.
To create a multifunctional seating area in an attorney’s home office, designer Tim Barber chose a flexible mix of vintage and reproduction pieces. “For a room versatile enough to prepare a brief, host tea with friends, steer fundraising projects, help with homework and occasionally accommodate overflow guests, we designed a plan with pieces light enough to be moved easily — and durable enough to survive frequent rearranging (nothing too precious here),” he says. “The sofa is a Lino Comfort sleeper from Design Within Reach, which makes the office a convertible guest bedroom in a pinch. We love the deep seat cushions and low flat arms: perfect for a power nap. The chairs are vintage 1957 Knoll Saarinen armchairs, reupholstered in Kravet fabric. The Saarinen cocktail table is a reproduction from Room & Board.”