There is nothing quite like the perfect arm chair in a living space. And of course, since I’m partial to French style in general, I just adore a good Bergére chair! They’re versatile, classic, and comfortable (which not all armchairs are). For those of you not familiar with it, a Bergére is a chair designed in the Louis XV style, with an upholstered back and arms, and fitted with a loose tailored seat cushion. These antique French chairs typically featured wood frames that were either gilded or painted and were upholstered with fine fabrics.
I love a good Bergére chair. I think they are actually the ideal piece of furniture. They are stylish and comfortable. More cozy than an arm chair yet not like some upholstered chairs that practically swallow you when you sit down! For that reason, I would say they are more conducive to a living room than a family room. You can sit in them comfortably, yet still have a conversation. In a family room, you want to sink into your chairs! Of course, I love the antique ones the best, however, there are many retailers selling them now with chippy/distressed finishes so you can always get that antique look if you want it.