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Accent chairs not only provide additional seating for your home, but are also are a great way to add more personality, style, or color to any room.

When choosing an accent chair, there are many things to consider, from choosing a style that complements your space to the right size and material to suit your needs. 

To guide you through this decision process, and help you narrow down the choices, ask yourself the following six questions.

1. How will the accent chair be used? Having clarity within your chair’s function can guide other decisions like style, fabric material, level of comfort, and overall durability. Do you want an armchair to sink into after work or a stylish piece in your entryway?

2. Where will you place the chair? Another factor that influences the type and style of accent chair you’ll choose is where it’ll be in a room. 

If you want your new chairs to serve as additional seating for a dining table, keep in mind the size, shape, and seat height. Does the seat adjust well with the table so that everyone can sit comfortably? 

If extra living room seating is what you’re looking for, consider how the chairs relate to your current furniture and overall room style. 

3. What size should an accent chair be?  Ask yourself this question simultaneously with where you’ll place your new accent chair. Make sure your new chair matches in scale and size with existing furniture in your home, so it fits well without overpowering the space.

Designer tip: To have a cohesive look at home, run a tape measure down existing furniture, take note of the seat’s height and its back. Use the measurements as an approximate for selecting the size of your new accent chair.

Also, consider the width of your new accent chairs, and place them to maintain enough space between other furniture. A comfortable distance between a chair and a coffee table is around 18 inches, a 2-foot gap or more gives space to walk around a chair.

4. What is the most suitable material? When choosing this aspect of your new chair, consider the use it will have in your home. Will the chair receive high or light use? What feeling would you like your new chair to represent?

Velvet upholstery is much more delicate than natural or faux leather, making it less durable for everyday wear. Accent chairs destined for the kitchen or dining area must be easy to clean, materials like wood, metal, and plastic are ideal.

Generally, sturdy wool-based fabrics are simpler to clean and resist stains better than polyester blends. Consider if the material you choose has been treated to help with stain resistance, or if it has color fading issues when placed in bright light.

The material type also influences the overall feel your new accent chair will provide. If you want your new chair to feel warm and inviting, soft materials like buttery leather or velvet are the way to go. Materials like metal and plastic will give a colder feel.

5. What’s your home’s style? No matter what style your home is rocking, an accent chair will surely match perfectly. You don’t need to stick to one style theme, make sure that your new accent chair relates in tradition and style to the current elements of the room. An Eames Lounge Chair, for example, is an excellent choice for any room and style your house already has.

6. What’s needed to tie the room together? Accent chairs can reinforce a theme or color palette for any space in your home. They can also help you introduce a new pattern or silhouette when working with existing furnishings in your home.

Adding a modern or iconic accent chair to a more traditional interior will instantly refresh a space to feel vivid and contemporary.

Now you know what to consider when choosing a new chair for your home. Let us know what your answers lead your decision and how it looks in your home!