Miami Style Armchair Guide

Tara Dickinson
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Miami is a city with eclectic tastes all around, from food, art, and culture to home decor and design. The unique aesthetic of this bustling city produces bold interior design styles, exuding a sleek and upscale vibe. Miami home interiors range from art deco dramatic, to white-on-white modern minimalism, to the more up-and-coming current styles using sustainable materials and contemporary naturalism. So choosing a Miami style armchair will of course depend on where your preference for home decor lies. Is it more traditional? Full of ethnic influences? Or does it lean towards more modern minimalist designs? The following guide to armchair styles should help you hone in on just the right furnishing for your home.

armchair miamiAccent Chairs

  • An accent chair is created to add a touch of contrast, a pop of color, act as a  focal point, or import an element of specialized design to a room.
  • The size, small, medium, or large is not distinguished.
  • Styles and models can also be different.
  • Normally though they do have a striking shape.
  • Acting as contrast points, there’s no need for these beauties to match a room’s theme necessarily.


  • Dictionary definition of an armchair: “A large, comfortable chair with side supports for a person's arms.”
  • Typically this style is a soft and cozy deal, making them attractive for relaxation.
  • Armchairs are not too cumbersome and are made to be easily moved or repositioned.
  • Best used in smaller spaces.

Bergère Chairs

Technical description: “A bergère is an enclosed upholstered French armchair with an upholstered back and armrests and seat frame, but the rest of the wooden framing is exposed: it may be molded or carved, and of beech, painted or gilded, or of fruitwood, walnut or mahogany with a waxed finish.”

  • "Bergère” comes from the French word for “shepherdess,” which was presumably chosen for the chair’s simple, rustic design.
  • Leather is a popular material in these cases.
  • As is a luxurious appearance and elegant touch.
  • Armrests can be curved outward at the top for additional support.
  • Studding or nailheads are often an additional accent.
  • Usually used in pairs.
  • A timeless comfortable style.

Chesterfield Chairs

The use of the term “Chesterfield” dates back to the 1800s. Historians believe the fourth Earl of Chesterfield commissioned the first leather chesterfield.

  • Also called a button-back.
  • Defined by their high wings that curve downward.
  • Similar to Bergère chairs, they are usually studded to give them an elegant look.
  • Distinctive and vintage countenance.
  • It is a more antique style that symbolizes luxury.
  • Newer renditions in slightly sleeker designs and in lighter shades of leather would seem to fit a Miami-style home decor more appropriately.

Chaise Chairs

Definition: “A chaise lounge chair is an upholstered sofa in the shape of a chair that is long enough to support the legs. The French word means “long chair.”

  • Also referred to as lounge chairs, a chaise chair is a luxurious addition to any home.
  • Typically used in bedrooms, living rooms, and office areas.
  • Provide lovely comfort and support for breaks, naps, and reading time.
  • Similar to accent chairs, chaise chairs can provide some interesting contrast, so they don’t always have to match a room’s aesthetic.
  • Since a part of Miami's design style is one of high-class elegance, a chaise chair would work nicely in this type of setting.

Club Chairs

  • Club chairs, also known as smoking chairs, are leather armchairs often found in traditional-styled homes.
  • Associated with class and luxury; think men’s clubs and cigar lounges.
  • In the home setting, you will find them in living rooms and entertainment rooms. Ideal for a man’s sports cave or lounging with a good novel.
  • Expect deep seats, plush cushions, and roomy armrests.
  • Not too overwhelming in size, they can fit in with other furniture without taking up much space in a room.


Technically in the category of sofas, loveseats are included because they work well with the ascetics of Miami-style decor.

  • Perfect for condos and apartments or any smaller space where a full couch may not be wanted.
  • Larger than the other listed armchair types but smaller than a sofa.
  • Paired with a matching chair will create an attractive unified setting.

Office Chairs

Many modern residences will have at least one office chair on site. With Miami folks shifting to working from home, these types of chairs are a necessity for a productive environment.

  • Like the other types of Miami style chairs discussed, office seating comes in all kinds of various decor styles.
  • Sleek models in artistic and ergonomic shapes work with the contemporary design fashions of Miami.

Wicker Chairs

  • Absolutely perfect for the tropical setting of Miami Florida, wicker chairs make excellent additions to many home decor styles.
  • The ideal combination of casual and formal.
  • Very versatile as well, working in internal and external home settings.
  • Lightweight, durable, and easy to move.

Wing Chairs

Definition: “A high-backed armchair with side pieces projecting from the back.”

  • Modern style living and dining rooms are seeing the inclusion of this armchair style more and more frequently.
  • They add the perfect splash of just the right style and luxury into a home.
  • Comfortable and trendy.
  • While they can be a bit costly when purchased new, choosing gently loved second-hand pieces is an excellent (and eco-friendly) option.
  • Choose a wing chair for a distinctive statement piece to your home decor furnishings.





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