In this post: 5 things to look for when buying accent chairs. Whether you want a set or just one, this accent chair guide will help you choose!
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When decorating a living space, many elements are involved. Sofas, chairs, tables, rugs, soft furnishings, etc. This post concentrates on chairs, which can be broken down into two categories: comfortable arm chairs (that are used for lounging) and accent chairs. Accent chairs are usually smaller than the other furniture in a room. They are substantially smaller than a lounge chair or wing chair. They fit nicely in a corner or in a grouping around a table. Generally, an accent chair isn’t meant to be used for long periods of time. Comfort is a consideration, of course, but size and scale are important as well. Accent chairs are great for filling empty corners or adding extra seating in conversation areas.
Here are a few things to consider when you are buying an accent chair. By focusing on these details, you can choose pieces that add interest and charm to any room.
Tips for Buying Accent Chairs
Arms or Not?
A good choice for an accent chair is a “slipper chair.” Slipper chairs (my personal favorite) are armless and sit 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.
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.
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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.
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.
Accent Chair Shopping Sources
Buying accent chairs can be can be fun and it doesn’t have to break the bank. I’ve purchased two sets of accent chairs online and nothing could be easier or more convenient. Both sets came fully assembled except for the legs…which I attached in just a few minutes. Find some good choices below!
Row 2: Blue Paisley Slipper Chair
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