I have a chaise lounge. I love it. Ten years later from when I bought it, I continue to love it. Recently, while sipping a caramel leche and chatting with a new neighbor, we discovered that we both have a chaise lounge. But she said that not many people buy them. That got me to wondering if this is true; and if so, why don't people buy them. I can certainly make a case for adding one to a decor.
Here is mine when I first bought it for a dining nook off a kitchen, including the garden.
I had placed the chaise lounge next to a bank of windows and a door to the patio and garden.
The dining nook was the perfect spot for relaxing, gazing out into the garden and watching squirrels try to outsmart my Yankee bird feeder. Winter months gave me stunning views of snowy days into the garden and the woods beyond, especially when a thick blanket of snow covered the garden then lit by the sun. It was a very relaxing spot and a great place for reading.
I once had two guests who sat for hours on the chaise having a tête-à-tête while the rest of us enjoyed a patio tea. I still sometimes wonder what on earth they were talking about!
That was in Northern Virginia. I have since moved to a lovely coastal town in Wilmington, NC. My chaise sits in storage to which I can't stand it much longer and will set it up in my home studio. Hope I'll be able to get work done in my home studio with a chaise lounge in it!
For this post, off to the internet I went to do some research (the Wiki of course) and I stopped by Pinterest for great images on contemporary styles for the chaise. This is what I discovered. The "lounge" in chaise lounge is really misspelled. It should be chaise "longue," the French spelling and meaning for long chair.
You can use that tidbit of info in your next trivia game. It's historical use actually is believed to have originated with the Egyptians. This lounging chair was also enjoyed by the modern Greeks "as early as the 8th century BC," the Romans, the Etruscan and then of course down through to our modern times.
The design evolved through many different shapes: a back with one arm or no arms; a back and two arms; the broken chair style; the back and foot support style; the foot rolled down to the floor; and the sleek modern look that I so adore.
Prices range from a few hundred dollars to thousands, and I mean thousands of dollars. Here are just a few examples:
Since my above chaise lounge images are neutral in color (my favorite), I've added these just to show that chaises do come in colors, striking colors--limited only by the imagination and fabric availability.
So how is a chaise used in contemporary decors? One thing is for sure, the chaise is not just for the boudoir! Now that's something I would say most of us don't have. A chaise lounge is truly designed for comfort. Almost any room and corner of a room reserved for just comfort are ideal: family rooms, library rooms, dining nooks, even dining rooms, media rooms, her space, his space--all great places. Most often you will find chaise lounges parked around swimming pool areas and on patios. Not all of us have such a wonderful luxury. And so I focus on the use of it in indoor rooms.
You can even get one for your beloved pet:
A chaise lounge adds variety to your furniture ensemble. In fact, it takes the ordinariness out of a room. It gives more surface to bring in more colors, patterns and textures into the decor. Have you guessed what I'm about to say next? No? Well, alright, it's a great place to add decorative pillows! (You do know I make them, don't you?) The Romans did it. Oh, excuse me, we know what happened to them. But it was not from all that sitting around, dining in reclined positions on piles of pillows on a chaise lounge! So there, it's okay to have piles of pillows on a chaise lounge.
Are people buying chaise lounges? I believe so. There are so many different styles available in furniture stores. When looking to add an specially interesting seating, the chaise is definitely a good choice. Why not go for being "You-nique", check out and add a chaise lounge to your decor.
Already have a chase lounge? I'd love to know. Tell me about it!