By Megan McDonough • The Washington Post

Whether it’s a cozy reading nook or a lullaby chair in a nursery, armchairs are an easy way to add style, color and a new silhouette to any space.

They can be a “rich and comfortable touch to a room,” said Kate Arends, the St. Paul, Minnesota-based founder of the media company and design studio Wit & Delight.

Arends prefers armchairs in “rich fabrics like velvet and eye-grabbing warm colors like cognac.”

They are also a versatile backdrop for seasonal decorations and can be easily dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. “Add cozy throws and pillows for the colder months, [and] strip them down a bit for the warmer ones,” Arends advised.

Here are some of her favorite armchairs.

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