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More popular than ever before, accent chairs are taking the design world by storm for their unique versatility and refreshing styles.
What Is an Accent Chair?
An accent chair is a seat designed as a work of art in its own right. If you’re feeling like your home’s style is in need of a little pick-me-up, an accent chair could be the key to a lighter, more refreshed feel!
Types of Accent Chairs
Here are just a few of the most popular types of accent chairs:
- Mid-century chairs. Inspired by sleek vintage designs from the ‘50s and ‘60s, mid-century accent chairs commonly feature tapered legs and geometric body shapes.
- Minimalist chairs. Accent chairs designed in the minimalist style place a higher emphasis on function rather than form. Expect sleek, no-fuss materials – steel is a popular choice among minimalists – and simple silhouettes.
- Farmhouse chairs. Farmhouse chairs celebrate the rustic charm of farmhouse living by emphasizing wood craftsmanship, distressed finishes and fresh, light neutrals.
- Slipper chairs. Offering sleek style and a versatile, streamlined shape, slipper accent chairs are like any other accent chair – minus the arms.
- Deep button-tufted chairs. Deep button-tufting was a common feature among 19th-century furnishings; today, it’s highly coveted among traditional designers for its stunning, attention-grabbing details – especially when incorporated into accent chairs.
- Barrel chairs (tub chairs). Barrel chairs, also known as tub chairs, feature a rounded backrest that flares out on either side to form the seat’s armrests – offering an enveloping, closed-in feel, and making them one of the best chair types for curled-up coziness!
- Parlour chairs. Inspired by the lavish French parlours of the 18th century, parlour chairs often feature upholstery in floral patterns and rich wood trimming with intricate engravings.
Where to Place an Accent Chair
Accent chairs are often designed with streamlined silhouettes, making them easy to refresh both large and small spaces. If you’re feeling uninspired, though, or are looking for original, unexpected placement ideas, check out some of these current out-of-the-box trends for styling accent chairs:
- In an entryway. Since the entryway accent chair won’t be used much for sitting, you don’t have to worry as much about durability; experiment with unusual materials, such as jute or silk, to create unexpected-yet-stunning entryway designs – the perfect way to welcome guests in style!
- Under a window. We can hardly think of any area more perfect for an accent chair than the one directly under a window; big enough that it demands statement style, yet often too small for the average console table or armchair, it’s as if windows were designed for the sleek silhouettes of accent chairs – and vice versa. Plus, placing a chair in an area flooded with natural light will bring out and brighten up any subtle hints of color that are embedded into the chair’s design – and which would otherwise go unnoticed in a dark or dull corner.