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Accent Chair Ideas – 10 Essential Design Rules for Chair Layouts, Styles, and Trends

Sink into comfort with hardworking accent chair ideas that will enhance the look of your space

by Monika Bürger
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At the top of many, a homeowner’s wish list are beautiful and functional accent chair ideas

When choosing the best accent chair for your space, early planning is key to your home ideas. Consider how you would like to use the space and what functions you need it to perform most. If you have plenty of room, perhaps that means including one or two statement designs that will pull the whole scheme together, or simply curating a space around a singular standout armchair.

Our accent chair ideas include desirable choices for every room in your home to make it a space you’ll be delighted to enter each day, along with expert advice on selecting the right designs. Once you’re finished, be inspired by our favorite interior design tips and home makeover ideas.


Whether you want a comfortable retreat for weary feet, indulgent living room seating ideas for television viewing pleasure, functional home office seating that is aesthetically pleasing, kitchen island seating for an all-singing, all-dancing workstation, these accent chairs ideas are sure to inspire your next home to remodel.


Accent chair ideas with patterned armchairs
(Image credit: Simon Brown)

Don’t cover your living room sofa or chairs with plain fabric,’ says Kit Kemp, interior designer, and founder, of Firmdale Hotels. ‘Use colors and textures to add dynamic interest and character to your accent chairs – let it dictate the rest of your scheme

British fabric and wallpaper designer Charlotte Gaisford agrees: ‘I always choose my main fabric (usually for the chairs) first,’ says Charlotte. ‘This is the main focal point of the room. I am often asked for help choosing fabrics for rooms that have already been painted. To me, this is a big no-no because the choices of fabric are immediately restricted

It is much harder to find a fabric that gels with your space than paint, and it is so easy to find a paint color that goes with a fabric, as there are so many paint colors out there.’

Express your style all over your home with a feature-worthy rug. They’re made from a woven, polyester chenille for a soft and textured look. Plus, choosing from our wide array of designs, you’re sure to find just the rug to match your decor. Rugs are one of the best, attention-grabbing pieces to design a room around. Use the colors within the rug to help choose art prints, furniture fabric and accent pillows.

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Accent chair with leather chair
(Image credit: Patrick Williamson)

Just because it’s a workspace, don’t take a utilitarian approach to your accent chair ideas, recommends interior decorator and fabric designer Flora Soames. ‘Given that we’re all spending more time in our home office, it needs to be comfortable and visually pleasing – you don’t have to make a choice between practical and aesthetic.’

Nothing hinders creative thinking more than being uncomfortable in a home office, says interior designer Joanna Wood. Ergonomics can also be elegant. ‘Buy a decent chair – your back will thank you – but something that looks like a cast-off from the bank manager’s office won’t do.’ Options to tone down workaday items include re-covering chairs in another fabric or refinishing shiny chrome in patinated bronze.

Our outdoor floor cushions are the super comfy and style-forward option for outdoor seating. They’re UV coated to protect against fading and water resistant so you can avoid scrambling to bring them inside whenever there’s a touch of weather. Grab a few to have on hand whenever seating is hard to come by or for a fun option for kids to use out in the yard.

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Decorative room ideas with details
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Careful consideration of materials for accent chairs – and their placement has the ability to transform your space into something truly spectacular. 

The living room of this Victorian home is anchored by the dramatic veining of the Calacatta Viola framed portal to the kitchen,’ says interior designer Tamsin Johnson. ‘These materials add glamor yet they don’t compete nor do they overpower the room of this size. The pared-back color scheme helps to create a feeling of luxurious simplicity, allowing the sensuous velvet on the accent chairs to sing.’

Make sure you arrange your accents chairs at an angle to create a sense of depth to the room, as shown here, to avoid a ‘bowling alley‘ look. This living room layout is great for intimate conversation, informal entertaining, and narrow, long living rooms.

Our floor pillows are the perfect pick for seating in a pinch. They’re overstuffed and firm to never lose their shape and the high-quality print makes sure the design stays crisp and colorful. Available in round or square, with two size options.

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Accent chair ideas with upholstered chair
(Image credit: Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam)

Old or tired armchairs can be given a new, decorative lease of life and become the pride of place in your home. When choosing which material to use, it’s important to consider how durable you need the fabric to be – is it going to be in constant use or is this a more occasional piece of seating? 

Velvets are ideal upholstery fabrics, as they are heavy, tightly woven, and durable,’ advises Lee Clarke, director of Warner House. ‘Surprisingly, silk or mohair can wear well and can even improve in appearance over time. For pieces like accent chairs and ottomans, you could opt for style over practicality.’

Invite the sun inside on your terms. Our blackout window curtains are a denser alternative to your standard window curtain, blocking out most light and proudly featuring your favorite designs. Whether you live in a busy apartment or a peaceful neighborhood, it’s always nice to have the option to shut out the sun and relax inside by the candlelight. Available in either single or double panel options...

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Accent chair ideas with yellow upholstered dining chairs
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One of the easiest ways to freshen up a neutral or cream kitchen is to work a vibrant accent color on upholstery. Chairs, bar stools, blinds, and banquettes are all perfect fodder for a splash of color and are much simpler to change than repainting cabinetry should you fancy trying a fresh new shade,’ says Sam Hart, designer, Roundhouse

Accent color can also work as a zoning tool by drawing attention to a specific area in larger rooms. In this open-plan space, the strong accent color on the upholstery helps to define the dining area, allowing the kitchen to fade into the background.

Add throw pillows to whatever room needs an extra dose of comfy. Individually cut and sewn by hand, each pillow features a double-sided print and is finished with a concealed zipper and faux down insert. Keeping an assortment of throw pillow designs on hand is the easiest way to give any space an instant refresh. Available in four sizes.

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Accent chair ideas with green bistro set
(Image credit: Rachel Warne)

Not all accent chair ideas need to stand out against their backdrops. In fact, some of the most successful schemes are curated to blend beautifully and seamlessly. 

Some might dismiss the bistro set as a cliché but it has a timeless charm. Here, designer Alexandra Noble drops one into a sheltered area surrounded by soft planting. ‘The brief was to create a space connected to nature with minimal hard landscaping,’ she says.

Our sling chairs make the perfect backyard or beach companion to help you reach peak relaxation. Let your cares melt away in the polyester hammock-style seat and recline in multiple positions for whatever your lounging style may be. You can take your sling chair anywhere as it folds for easy travel and storage.

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Decorative room ideas with soft furnishings
(Image credit: Birdie Fortescue)

To create a welcoming entryway, think about the impact the space will have when you first walk in,’ says luxury home accessories maker, Birdie Fortescue. Take inspiration from this space by investing in an accent chair that commands attention, layered with piles of cushions for warmth and beauty. ‘If you have space, a large accent chair or modern entryway bench is a great addition, particularly if the rest of the space is minimal and understated,’ says Birdie.

Cozy up with our unbelievably soft throw blankets. Crafted with sherpa fleece, these blankets actually get softer the more times you wash them. Coordinate with throw pillows and rectangular pillows for whatever nook needs a little extra dose of comfy. Available in three sizes.

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Small living room TV ideas with pink and green color
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Design your scheme around a key feature. If your living room has no natural focal point – create one. A carefully considered color clashing combination for your accent chairs can create a scheme that truly sings with joy. The living room is a space for both socializing and retreat, so you want shades that both enliven and comfort you. 

Pink and green are two of my favorite color combinations for rooms – they play really well off each other – by utilizing this color scheme with your living room furniture ideas – you can really cheer up a small or dark living room,’ says Lucy Barlow, founder, Barlow & Barlow

Our floor pillows are the perfect pick for seating in a pinch. They’re overstuffed and firm to never lose their shape and the high-quality print makes sure the design stays crisp and colorful. Available in round or square, with two size options.

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Bespoke book shelves with mirror
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We never compromise on comfortable seating, whether it’s covering new chairs or restoring antique pieces. It’s worth taking time to plan and there’s a lot to consider: what room the seating is going to be in, what else is around it, who is using it, and what for.

You can be playful with upholstery, such as doing every accent chair a different color – great if you can’t make up your mind! A more subtle version might be to have different shades of one color or use complementary patterns.

Introduce cushions and throws to your accent chair, says designer Martin Brudnizki. ‘And why not add a tassel trim or fringe detail to create a more ‘bespoke’ finish? Every object and every space should make a contribution to the home – even a single accent chair can make a big and immediate difference.’

Our folding stools offer a lightweight, yet style-forward way to get your lounge on. There’s no better way to experience the outdoors than with your feet kicked back and a cold drink in hand, add in your unique sense of style and you truly can have it all. The woven polyester top is spill and splash resistant so you can take and use anywhere you feel like lounging.

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accent chair with colorful upholstery
(Image credit: Polly Wreford)

Inspired by the abstract exuberance of artist Sonia Delaunay, this accent chair idea is anything but dull or dreary. This fanciful dining room color idea pays homage to Delaunay’s ability to create rhythm and depth through overlapping vibrant hues.

Here, a striking table in a glossy petrol blue is partnered with shapely dining chairs in complementary hues. A colorful yellow rug and red pendant add to the color story, all echoed in the abstract artwork that helps pull the scheme together.

Our natural cotton tablecloths are a great way to create the right mood for your next dinner party or everyday tablescape. Each rectangular tablecloth features an independent artists’ design, finished edges and a folded hem. They’re lightweight, machine washable and make an easy decor swap depending on the season.

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Arranging seating accent chairs can be a daunting task. When you’re faced with an empty room, filling it in a way that is both functional and beautiful can seem like an overwhelming challenge. 

The first thing most interior design experts would recommend is that you keep accent chairs and any other seating, away from the walls. This is especially true in smaller rooms. 

Another way to arrange accent chairs is to place them within arm’s reach of a side or coffee table or island. Can you imagine having to get up every time you – or, your guest – wanted to reach the remote or sip their drink?


Choosing the right accent chair color ideas is one of the most important decisions you can make for your space. Getting the color choice spot on is vital because this can completely alter the feel of a room.

Start off room color ideas by building a complementary palette of classic shades, then add accent hues to create a bold contrast. Think of it like cooking, with accent chair colors representing ingredients and flavors. 

Don’t be afraid to emphasize smaller spaces with dark colors and patterns,‘ says Nicola Harding, interior designer, Nicola Harding & Co. ‘Add drama with statement upholstery can help in creating a transition between zones within the home. Embrace every nook and cranny, but always be clear on how you will use the space.’

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