How to Choose the Perfect Accent Chair

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So you want to add a splash of colour to a room. An accent chair is an easy way to instantly boost your room’s style. This single piece of furniture can create drama and ambience. It goes far beyond just being a functional piece. Its purpose is to stand out and raise the decorative value of a space. Below are some key considerations to help you choose the perfect chair.

Location

An accent chair can take a space from drab to fab. It works best if you have a few pieces in different places. Less is more. Think about which rooms in your home would benefit from a statement piece. You can style it in any part of the room. Choosing the right spot can increase its impact.

For example, an accent chair in your entrance can set the mood for your entire home. First impressions count! Careful thought, therefore, is essential. The next step is to consider how to make the best use of it in its place.

Function

Choosing the perfect accent chair begins by deciding its main goal. Do you want to create a focal point in your room? In that case, a piece with a statement style or colour is sure to catch everyone’s eye.

Or perhaps you’re looking for something to blend in with the other furniture in your room. Then you want to opt for a complementary piece that acts as an anchor for your design. 

Mood

Consider the mood you’re trying to create. You’ll likely find that many options work well together to create a similar feel. If you want a focal point, think about what you want it to say to your guests. If you’re looking to create a quiet atmosphere, you’ll head down a different path than one if you were after a retro look.

As a general rule, accent pieces should include about 10 percent of the overall colour of a room. Or at least reflect some similar design features, to tie the look together. An accent serves as the exclamation point to your design and mood. It should still fit in with the space and not appear out of place. There’s a fine line between capturing attention and demanding it.

Practicality

Consider how practical you want your accent chair to be. An ornate design may look stunning. But could be uncomfortable for sitting for extended periods in the living room. In that case, it may be best suited as a chair by the front door for friends to remove their shoes. Consider the use it will see on a daily basis.

Think about how your family and guests will use it. A living room chair will see a lot more use than one that you place in a hallway. That’ll affect the wear it receives and how often you’ll need to clean it. Thinking through these considerations will help to narrow your choices quickly.

Size

An accent chair needs to be the only piece on the centre stage. Putting it into an overly crowded corner will detract from its purpose. It’s best to measure the space you want to place it first. There should be plenty of room around it. That’ll make it more comfortable for sitting. And will also make sure it’s seen.

Style

There are no set rules on choosing a style. You can mix things up to give a room an eclectic feel. And opting for a bold profile will help an accent chair live up to its purpose. However, that doesn’t have to mean gaudy or ostentatious. A simple piece in the right place speaks volumes.

Size in conjunction with style can help drive your choice. Some styles such as classic or traditional often include larger pieces that take up more floor space. Others such as mid century embrace minimalist design. For a more practical option in smaller spaces.

Types

You’ll find that most styles include just about any type of chair. It adds to the overall look of a piece along with the other features. Designs such as a padded slipper chair ooze comfort. They invite you to take a seat. Likewise, a wing back chair brings a traditional feel to a room with its classic form. It’s easy to sink into it and will enfold you with its cosy embrace.

You’ll find just about anything you need with an occasional chair. It’s an excellent choice if you’re after an eclectic look. Many pieces divert far from traditional forms, making them great conversation starters. 

Fabric

There are two things to think about when considering the chair’s fabric: feature and function. Decorative patterns will create an instant, eye-catching effect. However, it might not be the best choice for a dining room accent chair if it stains easily. Likewise, you may want to reconsider a leather or suede piece with kids and pets in the home.

But like the style, the upholstery adds to the mood you set with an accent chair. You can also use it to soften the tone. Think of the lush feel of velvet or the classy look of linen. But it’s only part of the equation. That’s where colour comes into play.

Colour

Your choice of colour can complement the mood you are trying to capture in a room. For example, blues and greys create a tranquil, peaceful setting. Browns and greens lend a cosy feel. And exotic hues like chartreuse or gold are provocative and have a hint of mystery. Colour can do double duty and amplify the atmosphere of a space.

Statement Piece

So the accent chair is supposed to be noticed. What better way than to splurge on a statement design. Something of higher quality that will last you over the years is a worthy investment. If you’re going to spend, make the most of your purchase with proper placement. Style it somewhere it’ll get noticed.

Accessories

Take your accent chair styling one step further by adding other items that complement it. Consider pairing an armchair with a small decorative table to create a cosy nook. Or you could place a floor lamp beside it. Perfect for lingering over a good book. The possibilities are endless.

The best kind of accent chair will serve its purpose without seeming out of place. It will fit its location as if it were made for it. Your room’s design will set the tone and the right design will enhance it.