How to Choose an Accent Chair

Do you feel like your space is missing that extra something that will tie your décor together? Try an accent chair. The possibilities are endless and it gives you an opportunity to step outside your comfort zone. Discover your options and consider the following five ideas when hunting for your chair.

Floral Accent Chair
This accent chair creates contrast in the room with its floral pattern.

Style: Before embarking on a quest for your chair, ask yourself what you are trying to achieve with your new chair. Do you want to add elegance? Go bold? This is something important to consider as it will narrow your search considerably. For example, for an old world look, you may want to only seek chaises and vintage occasional chairs.

Contrast: Accent pieces are meant to stand on their own–you don’t want your chair to get swallowed in your surrounding decor. Take the rest of the room into account before committing to an accent chair. If the surrounding space is neutral, invest in a patterned chair. If the rest of your decor is bold, take a more subtle approach with your chair or maintain the boldness by using a contrasting color. The more contrast there is, the better.

Comfort: It’s best to purchase something you’ll actually use or else you’ll find that you’re kicking yourself for choosing style over comfort. Remember, you don’t have to risk either for the other. Test out all potential chairs and ask yourself whether you would realistically use it.

Placement: Try to have the spot that your accent chair will call home visualized in your mind. Make sure that the chair is small–or big–enough to occupy the space. Placement is also important because you want to call attention to your chair without making it obvious (or awkward). Accent chairs usually look best when off to the side.

Budget: Create a budget and stick to it. Make sure your chair doesn’t exceed the price you’re willing to pay for it.


Written by Natalie Echeverria

Photographed by Jaimee Itagaki

Styled by Jacqueline deMontravel

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