The Windsor chair is a classic beauty and worthy of a seat at any dining table. This style of chair originated in England during the 18th century and was widely popular during the revolutionary period of America. Windsor chairs were first used in gardens and were typically painted green and left to weather outside. Eventually they moved indoors and I like to think that they were a staple at most Thanksgiving tables in Colonial homes.
The Windsor chair was first produced in this country in the Philadelphia region. It’s rumored that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence while sitting in one of these timeless beauties.
In the image below, you see the fan-back Windsor chair with a shield-shaped seat. Smaller than the high-back Windsor, these were typically sold in sets of six to be used as side chairs.
A beautiful powder blue gives spindle-back chairs a coastal vibe … a perfect complement to the ocean view outside.
If you don’t want an entire set of Windsors, cozy one up to a charming breakfast banquette.
The Windsor chair makes a great seat at any dining table. They’re comfortable and I think that’s party due to the fact that the seat is typically larger with just the right slant to it.
A group of classic bow-back chairs gather round a sunny dining table. You can see how the curves of the chair seat mimics the shape of the human posterior. Maybe they knew more about ergonomics back in Colonial times than we give them credit for.
A modern take on the fan-back Windsor chair populates a Scandinavian dining space.
Mustard-painted chairs carry their weight in this colorful home. I’ve seen dining rooms where each Windsor chair was painted a different color. The effect was actually quite charming.
I shared this dining room in one of my Sunday home tours. Black is a popular color for Windsor chairs.
Shorter fan-backs take on a cottage vibe with white paint. This breakfast nook proves Windsor chairs aren’t restricted to Early American decorating styles.
Of course, the classic Windsor chair does look elegant and stylish in a rustic country setting. My first set of Windsors were similar to this dining set. I had two high-backs at the ends of the table, with bow-backs for side chairs.
Of that dining set, I have one lone Windsor chair remaining and I hope to keep it for years to come.
Do you have a Windsor chair or two in your home? If not, what type of dining chair do you enjoy?