An accent chair, also known as a ‘side’ chair, is an additional seating piece added to a space to create a focal point in the area. The use of accent chairs in well-designed rooms will draw viewers in and make them feel welcome.
There are thousands of styles, colors, sizes, and fabric options available for accent chairs, making the process of choosing one overwhelming.
A great accent chair is more than a simple seat; it adds a mood to any room.
A cozy reading nook that is both inviting and comfortable can be created with the right accent chair. However, you may find your guests and yourself avoiding the space if you choose the wrong chair. Accent chairs can add much value to any room, but they require a few artistic skills and creative ideas.
Here’s a deeper look into these categories and what accent chairs offer.
Why get an Accent Chair?
Whether you choose a comfortable leather chair beside a bookcase, or a solid wood chaise lounge with velvet upholstery to transform an otherwise muted room, accent chairs should be thoughtfully placed and designed. Using this reasoning, determining why you need an accent chair is the first consideration.
The reasons for purchasing additional seating will vary; for example, you may have a little too much furniture in your living room, or you may have an open book nook and hope to curl up with a favorite book.
You can eliminate many chairs from consideration by determining what type of purpose your accent armchair will serve. As an example, if you plan to use an accent chair as a place to read or watch media, you’ll want to ensure it’s comfortable. But, the comfort of your chair will be secondary to ornamental elements, such as faux fur tufting or button tufting, if your chair is solely designed to draw attention upward to a piece of art.
Choosing an accent chair will be primarily determined by the style of the room. A polyester fabric art deco recliner will not fit in your formal living room.
The look of a chesterfield side chair in faux leather accent chairs with wood frames and rolled arms will blow everyone away if your entire room reflects relaxation and comfort.
As a result, accent chairs typically have very particular styles. Arrangements based on style alone may seem straightforward, but they are wrought with problems.
While a chair may look good from a stylistic perspective, it may fail from a functional standpoint. Finding the best option requires taking into account these factors.
Although you can mi and match styles, some, like peanut butter and pickles, combine well. The final decision about how to design your space is up to you. If your heart says it looks good, then you’re probably right.
Color and Fabric of the Accent Chair
When choosing an accent chair, color will be one of the most critical factors. It’s best to look for accent chairs in various colors rather than just settling for one style available.
There is no doubt that wood finishes are always an excellent fit for a variety of rooms. Even if you need a base, wood legs are not just a great way to tick this requirement off your list; it’s also an excellent way to bring the outdoors inside and add natural beauty to a room.
Upholstery refers to the fabric made from which your accent chair is manufactured. It is also essential to choose materials for accent chairs that complement each other. In addition to natural fibers, microfiber, cotton, tweed, and leather are used.
Choosing an accent chair with a smooth, supple texture and tapered legs is wise if you already have other textured furniture pieces throughout the room.
Room Dimensions and Area
Regardless of the type of accent chair you get, you should consider how big the room is and how much space is available when choosing the piece. You should avoid choosing accent chairs that are too small or too large; they will draw negative attention to your room and throw off your room’s balance, especially if your room is small.
Even a tiny chair still has excellent depth when considering room size and space; no matter how small a chair appears, it will still encroach on its tabletop, and anyone sitting in it will contribute to its expansion.
As a result, you may trip over someone tripping over the legs of your chair or the legs of your guest if the chair is placed in a busy place.
Mark the chair’s footprint on the floor with a square of painter’s tape, and then measure the area where it will be placed. Be sure to check the corners of an accent table if you plan to add one and that the table fits your needs.
Having an accent chair in a room can really enhance its aesthetic appeal. The furniture in a room should complete the room’s design; a chair is more than just seating. Following a few simple rules and allowing your intuition to guide you will help in selelting the perfect accent chair for your space.