There are few items of furniture that evoke the spirit of lazy afternoons in a bygone era than the chaise longue. It’s been around in one form or another for a very long time and was originally created in Egypt. These early day-beds were very simplistic and made of beautifully carved wood. However, interest grew beyond its origins, it’s also depicted in ancient Grecian artwork and perhaps reached the pinnacle of its popularity in France during the eighteenth century. Indeed the name comes from the French which taken literally means ‘long chair’. It’s the typical French chaise longue which most of us think of when considering this piece of furniture.
The traditional chaise longue is very much associated with the French Rococo style of the eighteenth century which much of the French furniture of the time reflected. The French day-beds of the time, as well as French chairs and sofas, were very much a status symbol and accordingly, were covered in luxurious fabrics with ornately carved feet and arm rests. This style of French chaise longue soon became popular in America and England, as its elaborate style was associated with status and wealth.
A French chaise longue will particularly enhance a more spacious, period property where it can take pride of place in the room. Combined with other kinds of French furniture, such as French chairs and sofas, it can transform a home into a luxurious and comfortable space that is incredibly inviting.
Many boutique hotels these days use French style furniture to project the image of ultimate lavishness and comfort to their guests – and it works. There are few of us who are not impressed and captivated by the charms of French furniture and the romance that it seems to emulate. The beautiful carvings and opulent feel of a French chaise longue, and French chairs and sofas, make us feel like we’re immersed in luxury.
Although this type of furniture looks stunning in larger houses, or hotels, and has glamour oozing from every inch, it can also look really effective in a more modest home. It’s difficult not to be seduced by the wonderful look of a chaise longue at the end of a bed or in a conservatory. As well as making the room look incredibly well-appointed, this type of French furniture is so classical that it will suit any size of property or style of decoration.