If there’s one decorating practice we can’t get enough of, it’s the juxtaposition of just about anything — modern and traditional, old and new, formal and casual — if two things seem slightly at odds, chances are they might just look great together. One fabulous (and inexpensive!) way to bring a hint of comfortable, casual chic into any room is by adding a butterfly chair. The shape is just so cool, and don’t they make you want to flop down and stay awhile?

This room, featured in Canadian House and Home is a prime example of what combining elements can do. A casual cotton rug and butterfly chair paired with a glamorous chandelier and animal prints plus rustic beams and a wooden stool wouldn’t seem to work in theory. But, in practice? Decorating genius.



These rooms, featured on Apartment Therapy, get not only seating but also a punch of red and orange from their butterfly chairs. We are big fans of a splash of yellow, so, if you’re looking for a similar color affect, we like this Classic Butterfly Chair in sunny yellow.

Thanks again to Apartment Therapy for this super-cool photo. Who wouldn’t roast marshmallows in this outdoor space?



Canadian House and Home (above) and William Haines Interiors (below) also show great uses of butterfly chairs in an outdoor space. We like these Algoma Butterfly Chairs in natural for this sort of look on your patio.



Micasa Revista (above) and Decorpad (below) showcase sophisticated animal-skin chairs that add a touch of masculinity to any room. If you’re trying to stay within budget, or just aren’t wild about using real animal skins, this Furlicious Butterfly Chair (yes, furlicious) from PBTeen is super cute, and is versatile enough that it would look fabulous in either a more masculine room or a more feminine one. Plus, it’s less than $100.

We’re also wild about the UO Lux Leather Butterfly Chair from Urban Outfitters. It looks like a million bucks but will cost you less than $250.

Long story short, whatever look you’re trying achieve, butterfly chairs can get the job done.