How to Choose Accent Chairs

ACME 00632 Arcadia Recliner, Oakwood Chocolate MicrofiberAccent (or occasional) chairs can bring a lot of interest to a room, as they are often chosen to contrast with the couch and coordinating chair, which are typically fairly neutral. When choosing an accent chair, its quite common to go a little farther in terms of style selection, perhaps more modern in a contemporary setting that the other furniture, and in a different color, shape or fabric/texture. If you’re having a temporary requirement such as company coming for a week or so, it makes sense to just pull a chair from the master bedroom or dining room to accommodate extra seating, but if you find you’re often having someone pull up a dining room chair, which is the case in my home right now, its time to look for an additional chair.

Things to Consider When Looking at Accent Chairs

Floor space

Make sure people can stretch out in the chair, and that other people will be able to easily get around them – armless chairs can save space.

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Number of chairs required

If you are often short of seating, consider two smaller accent chairs with a tiny accent table between them, sometimes they don’t take up much more room than a large chair.

Sophia's Galleria 3 Piece Accent Chair and Side Table Set, Espresso Finish


If you want to create a little separate seating area for reading or enjoying a fire, you may want to set the chair(s) by a window with a good reading light or fireplace directed slightly away from the existing seating.

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If the chair is strictly for use in a living room, you need merely consider the size of the person it would typically be required for, taking into consideration any tall or petite people who may be using it regularly, but if you also want to use the chair as extra seating in a dining room you may want to consider a smaller more portable chair, perhaps armless as well.

Accent Chair with Oversized Seating in Brown Fabric


To add a big pop to the room (a great way to add that newest shade of purple you are craving in your room), go with a bolder color choice or style, but if your room is a bit on the busy side, you may want to look for a neutral color and style to tone the mood of the room down a bit.

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Chairs for a bedroom or hallway, with limited use, can be chosen more for style than comfort, but those used in the media room or in a living room where people sit for longer periods of time should be chosen with comfort in mind.

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Types of Accent Chairs:

Tub Chairs

Back and arms are one continuous piece, so with lower back and high arms, typically rounded, and available in either modern or traditional style.

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Armless Slipper Chairs

Sitting lower to the ground, they are good for locations where putting on shoes.

Homelegance Lifestyle Armless Lounge Chair, Swirl   Dorel Asia Chevron Accent Chair

Wingback Chairs

Designed with a high back and wings to protect the user from drafts, these chairs date back to the 1700s, and usually have wooden legs, and often claw feet.

Queen Anne Style Button Tufted Wing Accent Chair with Ottoman   Best Selling Franklin Leather Club Chair, Brown

Occasional Chairs

Lightweight chairs easily moved around according to their required use, often armless and used as additional dining room seating.

Avenue Six Curves Hour Glass Chair      International Design USA Swan Adjustable Leisure Chair, Red

Rocking Chairs

Chairs attached to two curved pieces of wood or metal, allowing the sitter to rock back and forth, available in a variety of styles.

Baxton Studio Letterio White Cradle ChairCoaster Southern Country Plantation Porch Rocker-Rocking Chair, Oak Wood Finish

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