Decorating With Accent Chairs

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What to keep in mind when you’re decorating with accent chairs. Whether you want a set of 2 accent chairs or just one, this guide will help you choose!

When you decorate a living space, many elements are involved. Sofas, chairs, tables, rugs, soft furnishings, etc. This post concentrates on accent chairs. An accent chair is a single chair (or set of chairs) that when added to a room, provides extra seating and enhances your personal style. They often have a unique design or color that makes them stand out from other furniture, serving as decorative pieces as well as a functional ones. Accent chairs often come in sets, and can be used in living rooms, bedrooms, or any space where you want to add a touch of charm and comfort.

Accent chairs are sometimes, but not always, smaller than the other furniture in a room. They sit straighter than a cushy lounge chair or recliner. They fit nicely in a corner or in a grouping around a table. Generally, an accent chair isn’t meant to be sat in for long periods of time. Comfort is a consideration, of course, but size and scale are important as well. Decorating with small accent chairs fills empty corners, and helps you put together conversation areas. Here are a few things to consider when you are decorating with accent chairs. By focusing on these details, you can choose pieces that add interest to any room.

set of blue armless accent chairs in living room 2024

Arms or Not?

A good choice for an accent chair is a “slipper chair.” Slipper chairs are armless, and sit slightly lower to the ground. They were originally used in bedrooms for ladies to sit and slip on their shoes. They have definitely left the bedroom, and are now found in main living areas. A set of slipper chairs is perfect for flanking a fireplace or a large piece of furniture. One or two slipper accent chairs can add a touch of the unexpected to any space.


Chair fabric is the perfect place to insert some of your personal style. Choose a favorite color or pattern…or stay neutral so the chair(s) can move around your house. I purchased the chair below for one of our guest bedrooms, and it could literally go in any room of our home.

neutral accent chair with tufting and throw pillow 2024


The one thing that will take an accent chair up a level (or two) is tufting. Tufting is achieved by attaching buttons through an upholstered piece and pulling the thread tight. This results in “tufts,” or indentations in the back or seat of a chair. Tufting sometimes (but not always)  bumps the price of a chair up a bit, but the texture it adds is definitely worth it. A tufted accent chair is perfect for any style decor.

accent chair with tassled pillow 2024


Piping on an accent chair adds a finishing touch. It is a trim applied to the seams of a chair, usually around the edges of seats, arms, and backs. Piping can be highlighted even more when it’s made in a complimentary color. It pops off the main color and adds interest and depth to an accent chair.

living room accent chair with tufting 2024

Leg Style

Most smaller accent chairs have exposed legs. Choosing a leg style that reflects your own personal style is the best route to go. If you like modern or contemporary furniture, choose a sleek and plain leg. For traditional style, a carved or turned leg would work well. Some accent chairs even come with casters which add a lovely, vintage touch.

Small Accent Chairs

Add a touch of warmth and style to your home with a set of faux or real wicker accent chairs. These chairs are perfect for any room, from the living room to the entry. The woven design looks great, adds interest, and is very sturdy. You can make them extra comfy with some soft cushions or pillows. Wicker chairs blend well with many decor styles, creating a welcoming and relaxing space.

comfortable accent chairs in neutral living room 2024

Do You Need A Set Of 2 Accent Chairs?

Do accent chairs have to match? There is no simple answer to this question, because it’s a matter of taste. Personally, a matching set of anything makes me smile. I love symmetry, and a matching set of chairs can quickly add it to any room. One instance where accent chairs would not have to match is if they are being used on opposite corners of a room. If the chairs are separated, there is no reason they have to match. If the chairs are side-by-side, or in a corner, my opinion is that it’s best that they match. 

tufting on neutral accent chair 2024

When It’s Time To Buy

  • Buying accent chairs is fun, and it doesn’t have to break the bank. I’ve purchased several sets of accent chairs online, and nothing could be easier or more convenient.
  • Most accent chairs arrive fully assembled except for the legs…which can be attached in just a few minutes.
  • If you are unsure, shop on a website that provides free fabric samples.
  • Read customer reviews to get an idea of the chair’s quality, comfort, and durability. Look for reviews that include photos.

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