You’ve decided to add a little pizzazz to your home, but aren’t sure where to start. You’ve got a room mostly tied together, but it’s just missing some vital color or design and you’re aren’t willing to replace all your furniture to achieve that. No problem! What you’re looking for is an accent chair, a decorative piece of furniture that balances out a room’s colors, pairs well with other furniture, and provides a useful function alongside everything else.
What’s the Point of an Accent Chair?
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Aside from the obvious function that chairs serve, why would you want an accent chair specifically? One can provide color balance to a room by either complementing an existing color scheme, or being the solo piece of an intense color you want to bring out in the other furniture. To guests, they give a sense of your personal priorities. Is the accent chair flashy or subdued, comfortable or decorative only? Accent chairs do well in pairs to complement and surround a sofa, coffee table, fireplace, and other pieces that you may already have.
Why Decorate with Chairs Rather Than Other Types of Furniture?
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Chairs are more compact than having another couch, more functional for unexpected extra guests at the table than an ottoman, and less likely to gather forgotten knick-knacks and junk than a cabinet. You can pair it up with a matching end table and stack some magazines on top to even make a little reading zone for people. There is a large variety to choose from, so it’s easy to find one that matches your personality and the look you’re going for.
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You can also get a specific look without committing an entire room to one type of furniture. For example, having an entirely tufted furniture set can quickly get obnoxious and maybe even uncomfortable on, but a single piece pulls out the tufted charm without going overboard. Accent chairs also tend to be more lightweight than other furniture, so you can easily move them to whatever room you’re entertaining in for emergency extra seating or last-minute flair to your theme.
Where Do I Keep an Accent Chair?
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Accent chairs can go in any room of the house, provided there’s space for them. Obviously, larger areas like the living room or master bedroom give you more space to work with, but don’t let that limit your possibilities. In the bedroom, an accent chair provides seating for your guest without making it awkward by having them sit on your bed. In the bathroom, it can work as a powder chair or blow-drying station away from the counter so someone else can get to the sink. An accent chair can go by a window to take advantage of the natural lighting for reading, watching birds, or other activities. You can use two to bookend your dining table and spice up your dinner seating for an evening.
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If your house is a little architecturally odd and you want to distract away from it, put an accent chair in the corner and it will round out the space and take all the attention away from your walls. Don’t have a use for another chair in your home? There is absolutely nothing wrong with having an accent chair for the sake of having one without sitting in it, especially if it proves not to be that comfortable. The point of one is to tie a room’s design together and give ambiance; sitting is secondary.