A set of harlequin or ‘matched’ chairs is a great way to add character to any interior. And, when searching for high-quality antique chairs, it is far easier and often more cost-effective to opt for a harlequin set rather than trying to find identical pieces. Moreover, eclectic interior styling is becoming increasingly popular, and a set of harlequin chairs is one of the easiest and most stylish ways to create this look (and in a subtle enough way to achieve timelessness).
Harlequin chairs are a set that includes two or more different designs, be it a slight variation in colour, size or general style. Generally, the set includes chairs of similar sizes and shapes, although there are no hard and fast rules. You can mix and match to your heart’s content!
When creating a harlequin set ourselves, we usually opt for chairs of the same era and style, with slightly different design elements, such as the back design. Of course, not every chair has to be unique. You can incorporate multiple identical pairs in a harlequin set, for example. However, we like the idea of everyone having their own chair!
Nevertheless, one of the benefits of antique furniture is that, even with ‘identical’ pieces, there will always be slight variations as everything was handcrafted! So, rest assured, you’ll be sure to find a chair as unique as you when you choose antique.
Perhaps the most obvious place to incorporate a set of harlequin chairs is in the dining room. A matched set of chairs adds an effortlessly chic look, sure to impress any dinner guest. In particular, having a pair of chairs different from the rest at each end of a dining table looks fantastic!
Of course, you can also include harlequin chairs in different rooms throughout your home. For example, an eclectic mix of upholstered chairs with varying colours and patterns will add some on-trend style to your living room. For subtle eclecticism, we recommend choosing a colour scheme and overall style and choosing each piece to match these. Alternatively, you can really mix it up with a range of bold colours and varying styles!
Overall, we think that harlequin chairs are a great way to add character and some ‘entry-level’ eclecticism to your home. Whatever your tastes, there are plenty of ways that you can incorporate matched chairs and start creating a home as unique as you.