Chesterfield style is popular, but it's such a formal look that many people prefer to use it in more traditional rooms where they would not want the room to come across as too formal.
The chesterfield sofa has its origin in England, and its design reflects this heritage:
With tufting and rolled arms and legs and exposed wood framing under cushions. Even though most modern iterations use upholstery for all their accents instead of exposed wood, the frame keeps the feel somewhat British. A chesterfield-style settee can be placed at an entry (if you have no console table) or against a wall in a seating area to transitional elegance into your home.
If you want to go bold, try mixing up some large-scale prints. Stylists really love the effect of pairing two patterns with strong contrasts between them. But if you can't decide which two prints to use, then pick one patterned piece and pair it with a solid color or tonal velvet chair. For example, consider this seating area where the darker colors allow the bright colors to stand out. Watch this video for more tips on how to style your chesterfield sofa!
Remember that textiles are important too:
pillows and throws should feel like they belong in your room, not be essentially "cheater pieces" that make your space look put together. Go for textiles that are natural, neutral or colorful to make your chesterfield settee feel at home with its surroundings.
Arrange Chesterfield in American Style:
There are three parts in an American style arrangement for a chesterfield sofa: two armchairs and a chaise.
The first step is to place the Chesterfield sofa against one of the walls so that its back faces out . This will be especially important if you have children, as they can use the plinth on the back of a Chesterfield as a sort of bookshelf while studying or reading. If you have a cat, however, you should avoid having the wall at their backs because this makes them feel vulnerable.
Place two arm chairs facing each other on either side of the sofa with about six inches between them . Make sure there is about half an inch from each chair to the armrests of your chesterfield, so that it's easy to slide between them. These chairs should be low-slung and have a simple styling that won't overwhelm the chesterfield.
The third part is a chaise lounge placed against the open leg of the chesterfield sofa . This piece will usually have no back, so it can align flush with either side depending on where you place it. It should be positioned at about one o'clock from the armchairs if they are in line with each other or twelve o'clock from each chair if they face away from each other. However, this positioning is not based on an absolute rule; some people like to space all three pieces more evenly or make slight adjustments even while sticking to these guidelines.
You should arrange the seating so that the chaise lounge is in a position of prominence, with the two armchairs at either side. This way, people have a place to sit and relax while your chesterfield takes on a supporting role as a handsome piece of décor. The regular styling suggests you should do this for formal occasions; however it can be arranged differently if you are looking for more casual living arrangements.
Arrange Chesterfield in European Style:
The European style arrangement has the back facing out like American styled pieces, but differs slightly by using three pieces to complement your chesterfield sofa instead of one o'clock and twelve o'clock chairs . Many Europeans find that arranging furniture in strict right angles somewhat claustrophobic, so they avoid this by separating the pieces slightly.
The first piece is two armchairs that are arranged facing each other with six inches between them . The second pair of chairs should be positioned on either side of the chesterfield sofa at an angle, about three to four feet away from it . These chairs should have high backs and simple styling to complement your chesterfield. You can place them closer or further apart depending on how formal you want your living room to feel.
The final part is a chaise lounge placed against the open leg of your chesterfield sofa . This will usually have no back, so it must align flush with either side depending on where you place it. It should be positioned at about one o'clock from the armchairs if they are in line with each other or twelve o'clock from each chair if they face away from each other. This is the same idea as American styled pieces, but these chairs don't have to be placed directly across from each other. Once you've arranged the seating so that the chaise lounge is in a position of prominence, with the two armchairs at either side, your chesterfield supports the décor while taking on a supporting role.