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Want to wake up your pretty-but-staid living room? Forget time-consuming reupholstery or expensive remodeling and just install an indoor swing or hanging chair. These retro-chic elements are all the rage. And besides being fun to sit in, their sleek lines and ever-so-slight swaying is so relaxing…and impossible not to smile at. See our tips on how to style your own dangling seat.

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rattan hanging chair in blue room

Jazz up traditional architecture

A hanging version of the classic Arne Jacobsen Egg chair, a perennial design-world favorite, turns classical molding and a wood floor into an eclectic interior.

Get the look: World Market ($449); One King’s Lane ($2,899)

 

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Mix with an energetic palette

After a “Jungalow” vibe (aka prints, colors and indoor plants)? The look begs for a hanging chair. After all, Tarzan didn’t sit statically on all those vines, did he?

Get the look: Lulu and Georgia ($488)

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Cozy Up a Kid’s Room with a Matching Set

Want to guarantee your child is the most popular sleepover host? Arrange a couple hanging chairs in her room and listen to the admiration roll in. (Bonus: If you’ve got an infant, these make great rocking chairs.)

Get the look: Serena & Lily ($498)

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Svvving

Get minimal with an indoor swing

We swooned when we saw an international fashion exec hang a simple swing in his loft, and now we’re thinking our lofted living room isn’t complete without one.

Get the look: Svvving ($770)

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Emily Griffin Design

Go See-Through for a Modern Touch

We like the way a transparent Lucite globe doesn’t block light or seem to take up a lot of space but still adds a high-style note to monochromatic decor.

Get the look: LexMod ($591)

Design by Emily Griffin Design

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Anthropologie

Brag that you macramé-d it yourself (not)

Let your friends warm up their homes with their little weavings and wall hangings. You’ve gone full hygge with an entire knotted chair.

Get the look: Anthropologie ($598)

Add an Extra Dose of Relaxation to Your Bedroom

In warm natural rattan and accented with a furry pelt, this hanging chair is your bedroom’s answer to counting sheep.

Get the look: Pier One ($250)

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CB2

Take It Outside

When installing a hanging chair, don’t forget the patio. Because if you’ve got it (a great view, sunny skies, a spare moment), flaunt it.

Get the look: CB2 ($699)

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