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Whether it's a cozy reading nook or a lullaby chair in a nursery, armchairs are an easy way to add style, color and a new silhouette to any space.

They can be a "rich and comfortable touch to a room," says Kate Arends, the St. Paul, Minn.-based founder of the media company and design studio Wit & Delight.

Her preference is for armchairs in "rich fabrics like velvet and ­
eye-grabbing warm colors like cognac."

They are also a versatile backdrop for seasonal decorations and can be easily dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. "Add cozy throws and pillows for the colder months, [and] strip them down a bit for the warmer ones," Arends advises.

Here are some of her favorite armchairs.


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SPLURGE: Basket-weave linen Rivona chair in cornflower with Landon wood legs (anthropologie.com ), left. SAVE: Faith upholstered tufted club chair in gray (target.com ).


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SPLURGE: Natalie chair (mcgeeandco.com ), left. SAVE: Mid-century show wood chair in chunky basket weave, stone (westelm.com ).


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SPLURGE: Cobble Hill wingback chair in Vance indigo (abchome.com ), left. SAVE: Matrix chair in Cascadia Blue and walnut (article.com ).


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SPLURGE:Borough leather chair (cb2.com ), left. SAVE: Ekero armchair in Kimstad Laglig black (ikea.com ).


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SPLURGE:1920s French camelback leather club chair in chestnut Italian Berkshire leather (restorationhardware.com ), left. SAVE: Tiller top-grain leather club chair in brown (houzz.com ).


Wit & Delight founder Kate Arends (Courtesy of Kate Arends/Courtesy of Kate Arends)