How To Choose The Right Accent Chair


An accent chair is a great way to provide extra seating and a versatile way to add a new style element to your interior. You can introduce a new colour, pattern or texture to any room. 

Whether you’re looking for a statement design or a warm and inviting chair, read our blog to find out how to choose the right accent chair for you and your home!

How To Use An Accent Chair 

Before discussing what features to look for when trying to find the perfect modern accent chair, let’s explore how the chair could be used in your interior design.

In A Reading Corner

If you find a room with an unused corner that feels like something is missing, you can transform it into a cosy reading nook. You can combine a bookshelf, side table, floor lamp and a comfortable chair to relax on, such as a Lounge Chair

As An Inviting Statement

A great room to introduce accent chairs is in the hallway, as it serves as a great first impression while providing a comfortable place where you and your guests can take their shoes off and put them on. For smaller hallways, an armless chair takes up less space, is lightweight, and is the perfect occasional chair for an extra living or dining room seat.

To Create A Perfect Seat In The House

An accent chair beside the fireplace will provide an inviting and cosy relaxing spot during colder nights and harsher winters.

To Wind Down Before Sleep

An accent chair can be placed in the bedroom when you’re not ready to get into bed but want to unwind with a book. This can be a great way to relax after a hectic and long day.

To Create A More Social Space

Accent Chairs Used In Customers Homes

While they work beautifully independently, pairing two modern accent chairs can work just as well! Using opposite a sofa, it can transform your living space into a more inviting social space for formal and informal conversations.

To Enhance Your Home Office

If you have a home office, an accent chair can be used for work that doesn’t need to be done at the desk, such as reading. This provides a more comfortable seating option and a change of scenery, allowing you to enjoy your work more during working hours.

What To Consider Before Purchasing Your Accent Chair

And now, let’s see what you should consider before even starting your accent chair hunt. 

Think Of The Chair’s Purpose

Deciding on where and how your accent chair will be used can be a big part of helping you decide what type of chair you are looking for. A chair in the living room is likely to be more useful compared to one in the hallway. You will also need to consider whether the chair will take a lot of wear or if it is a more decorative piece.

Decide Where The Chair Will Go

Adding an accent chair to any space makes that place more inviting. You want to avoid blocking movement around your home or cluttering your interior. Planning where your chair will be placed before purchasing it will help you imagine what style of chair is best and how you want it to transform the room. After all, your interior home design can impact your well-being, so choosing wisely from the beginning will make a positive difference.

Consider The Size Of The Chair

With many factors impacting the size of your accent chair, it can be more complicated than just the chair needing to fit into a space. You want the chair to be the same or similar height to the other chairs or sofa in the room. 

If the chair’s purpose is to curl up and read, you want it deep and wide enough to sit comfortably, such as our Curvaceous Armchair. Or if you want to put your feet up, think about how you will fit an ottoman in the room with your chair. 

Choosing The Right Style

Eames RAR Rocking Chair

Are you looking for a deep modern armchair? Or a sleek lounge chair? Large wingback chairs can help balance a room that features a larger sofa. A swivel chair can provide versatility to a view.

Pick A Suitable Fabric

A chair that is used by young children or pets may want to be more enduring. Unsuitable fabrics such as suede or velvet can be easily stained and not durable. Considering how the accent chair will be used and by whom will help you decide on the most suitable fabric for each scenario. You can also choose to make a statement with the material you choose!

Deciding The Colour Of The Accent Chair

For an interior that flows, try matching the chair’s colour to colours featured throughout the room. Look for complementary colours that you can find on a colour wheel.

For a well-thought-out design, you can choose a colour or patterned chair that will coincide with other elements in the room. For example, you could choose a royal blue accent chair to complement a piece of art on the wall or a decorative accessory that features the same royal blue colour.

As a feature chair is meant to bring a new design element to the room, you can be bold and choose an eye-catching statement colour. Pick a colour you love but wouldn’t normally use, and always stay true to your interior design style! For more inspiration and tips, check out our article on How To Choose The Right Colours For Your Accent Furniture and look at our Interior Colours Pallete board on Pinterest! 

Our Mid-Century Accent Chairs

And now, let’s take a look at our Pash Classics range of accent chairs to see which would fit your home and interior design style the best.  

The Lounge Chair

Eames Lounge Chair & Matching Ottoman

This amply proportioned chair took its designers several years to master creating this classic design. The inviting and traditional style has been used in stylish interiors across the globe and is featured in many TV shows and films.

An icon in furniture design, this highly recognised Lounge Chair will add an authentic touch to any modern interior.

The Mid-Century Chair Replica

The Mid-Century Chair Replica design has an uncomplicated style that transcends through seasons and trends. Its designer strived for a flawless, shell-like shape for design, which he exceeded through endless trials for perfection. 

Keeping the design clean and uninterrupted, this Iconic Chair has been created without stitching down the front or back. It has a distinct wave-like stitch, and ours is carefully hand stitched to perfect this style and finalise the design.

With muted and expressive colours available, this is the ideal accent chair for any design-led interior, whether it’s a Scandinavian, Contemporary or minimalistic-inspired homes. For more information, read our blog on Interior Design Styles Through The Decades to find out all you need to know about different interior designs. 

The Shell Chair

Designed with comfort and stability at the heart of this design, the wing-like seat of our Shell Chair cradles the body while the arching, tapered legs provide great structural support. During its initial release, the general public was reluctant to accept its distinctive expression, and it wasn’t until its reintroduction that it captured the public’s admiration.

You could describe this accent chair before its time, characterised by design meant for 21st-century interiors due to its minimal and fresh look! 

The Barcelona Chair

The Barcelona Chair was initially designed for the King and Queen of Spain when they visited the German Pavilion at the International Exposition in 1929. This speaks volumes, as the design is fit for royalty!

The design was an icon of the modern movement, and it was created around the idea that “less is more”, a mantra that provided us with an accent chair with simplistic elegance and beauty. The Barcelona chair exudes luxury and premium style, and its exceptional craftsmanship brings this chair to life.

The Diamond Chair

With no distinction between sculpture and furniture, the Diamond Chair flourished in its designer’s creations with steel rods. His expression found grace in an industrial material, where the elevated material became a work of art.

Bent and moulded into a wire mesh created an exceptionally strong accent chair. It is durable to withstand harsh everyday use and can last you a lifetime with the right given care! 

Final Thoughts

Accent chairs are increasing in popularity and, thanks to their versatility, can be added to any room in the home, such as the living room, bedroom or home office. They come in various styles and different materials and finishes and work well in traditional and contemporary interiors.

We hope this article will come in handy whenever you’re on the lookout for your dream accent chair, and if you’re looking for more inspiration and valuable content, check out our articles on: 

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