How To Choose The Right Accent Chair

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Accent chairs have really become a popular complement to most room furnishings. Although we think of a chair as just being an extra place to sit, accent chairs provide so much more value to a room’s overall design and aesthetic.

How To Choose The Right Accent Chair

Whether it’s to add a pop of color or layering on additional personality to your space, accent chairs are a great way to pull the room’s design together. I love how my accent chairs in my home add additional visual interest to my neutral color palette, like these rattan chairs in my sunroom.

Although it’s not rocket science, choosing an accent chair and finding the perfect one for your home, can be an overwhelming experience to some. Factors like space, cohesiveness, style, and materials are all considerations when making the right choice for your space.

rattan accent chair in room with coffee table and couch

When it comes to home decorating, you don’t need to be an interior designer to get it right. However, it always helps to look at all the factors and to have another pair of eyes to look at your space from a new point of view.

In this post, I am sharing practical tips that can help you with your decision-making process and narrow down your accent chair choices.

How To Choose The Right Accent Chair

What’s the function of the chair?

Ask questions like: How will the chair be used in the room? Is the chair to sit on or is it more decorative in nature?

The answers will help guide you to the type of chair that’s best suited for your space. If you’re looking to just add some additional seating around your coffee table, then an accent chair is a perfect choice.

Follow the color scheme of the room

Your goal is to have a cohesive look with your accent chair and how it fits in with the rest of your furnishings. The accent chair does not have to match the other furniture but should work well with the overall look, feel and color in your living space.

Is the chair balanced with the other furniture?

Find an accent chair that is in scale to the other pieces in the room. If you have a large couch, a chair club chair would look more balanced than a slipper chair would.

It’s important, when you’re looking to choose the perfect accent chair for your space, that its size complements your other furniture pieces.

Be purposeful with pattern and textures

Accent chairs come in a variety of patterns and textures. Evaluate your current furnishings and choose a chair that works well with any other pattern or texture in your room.

Many times, accent chairs are used as decorative elements to add additional patterns to a space. You can really have fun with these extra seating choices, some people even choose to make them the focal points in the room.

Does the chair meet the style of the space

Accent chairs should be a complement to any room. Accomplish this by blending in the current style of the room with the chair type. Suitable matches such as a rattan armchair with a neutral-colored couch or a solid or printed sofa with a leather wing-back chair would be great options.

Tips To Choose The Right Accent Chair

Different Types Of Accent Chairs

Barrel Chair

A Barrel Chair is an upholstered chair with a high solid rounded back that looks similar to that of a section of a barrel removed. This type of chair will work with a variety of styles.


As the name implies, a chair with arms. An armchair is probably the most recognizable accent chair in most rooms. Typically they are going to be your most comfortable chair and come in a variety of materials, sizes, and colors.

Wing Back Chair

Over the years, the Wing Back chair has been most iconic in formal libraries or studies. Since then, the classic traditional wing-backed shape with tall back and winged sides has changed into a more modern version. Today, these chairs are used in a variety of spaces including using them at your dining table.

Lounge Chair

This is the perfect chair for lounging. Most commonly found in areas where relaxation is a must such as pool areas, bathrooms, and sunrooms.

Ample space is generally required for a lounge chair as most chairs have a laid-back design style with a slanted back and a place to rest your feet. Put this chair next to an accent table with a good book and beverage and you are set.

Slipper Chair

The Slipper chair dates back to the 18th century when it was used in womens bedrooms. It’s purpose was to the help put the owners shoes or slippers on. A slipper chair is an armless upholstered chair that has short legs.

Although slipper chairs are still popular in the bathroom, they have since made the way to main living areas, particularly ones with a small space.

Club Chair

The Club chair tends to have a deep seat as compared to a normal seat with high arms. You can find club chairs in many different materials such as leather, cloth or natural materials like wicker or rattan.

Club chairs would look great in many different rooms throughout a house such as living rooms, bedrooms and dens. We have a side table between some club chairs in our living room and it makes the perfect spot for conversation or a great chair to read a book in.

Open kitchen and living room design

As you can see, there are a lot of accent chair options. What’s your favorite type of accent chair? 

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