Picking an accent chair for your living room can be a daunting task. There’s a huge number of style, color, and size options available out there, and it can be difficult to know where to start or what to look for. To help you out, here’s a handy guide on how to pick the best accent chairs.
- Figure out the purpose of your accent chair.
It might help to ask yourself why you want to get the chair in the first place. Do you want a comfortable nook, for sitting back with a cup of coffee or a book? Or do you want a decorative corner chair that conveniently ties up the space but isn’t used a lot? Will you be using the chair for dining?
Understanding the function of your accent chair will help you realize what you want most in it.
For instance, if you want a cozy sitting space, then comfort is your biggest priority. A well-cushioned armchair might then be a good option for you. But if you want a decorative piece, then comfort wouldn’t matter as much as style.
Additionally, if children are going to use the chair, you’d want to pick a durable and easy-to-maintain chair made of the correct materials. If you’re going to use the chair for dining, you’d want to avoid materials that stain easily, in case people spill food on it. You’d also want it to have a more upright back.
Your priorities could be a pick between comfort, convenience, sturdiness, visual appeal, build-style, and anything else that matters to you. Once you know these, you’re already off to a great start.
- Fix a place for the chair.
Picture where you want the chair to fit in your living room. Think about the space you’re trying to create, and think about how you want the chair to fit in.
An accent chair can blend right in with the rest of the home furniture, becoming a fond familiar part of your room quickly. Or it can stick out like a sore thumb, becoming an obstruction and needing to be moved very often. Knowing where to place the chair beforehand can help you avoid the latter scenario, and it can ensure that the chair fits in well.
- Measure your space!
You wouldn’t want to clutter your living room. Even a small chair takes up quite some space in a room, especially when someone sits in it and their legs protrude. You do not want people to keep stumbling in your living room, and you want ample empty space left.
You also want the chair to complement the rest of your living room furniture in height. If the chair is too tall or too short in comparison to the rest of the seating furniture, it should also ideally be spaced far apart from it to avoid an awkward size difference.
Get a sense of the dimensions you want filled, both horizontally and vertically, and try to roughly stick to them while picking your accent chair.
- Get a sense of the overall look you want
Get a good look at the options available to you. At Inhabitr here, we have a diverse range of accent chairs that you can browse and pick from. Once you see the textures, patterns, and materials available, you’ll have a better sense of what the right look is to you.
There are a lot of styles to choose from while picking accent chairs for living room decor: you can easily get traditional, boho, contemporary or mid-century modern accent chairs. You could also get a bold piece that adds a vibrant touch to your home decor, or you could get a plain understated chair that blends right in.
A basic rule of thumb is that the chair should more or less fit with the rest of your home decor. Your style can be eclectic and mixed, and you can work intuitively with what looks nice to you, but overall you should keep in mind that the chair should not stick out oddly.
- Think about your color scheme
This is part of getting the right look, but important enough to mention separately. Your accent chair should ideally fit into the overall color scheme of the rest of your living room.
You can choose whether you want it to blend in or stand out as a bright decorative splash of color, of course. But even if you’re picking a bright pink chair or a brilliant orange one with floral patterns, your room would look a lot better if there are splashes of the bright colors around the rest of the room.
- Consider renting.
Renting furniture is a great idea, as we’ve already written about here. If you rent something like an accent chair, you get to experiment a lot more with your styles and you get to swap out your options. What’s more, a furniture rental like Inhabitr provides extremely convenient delivery and assembly, along with great quality cheap furniture, which makes getting just what you want a lot easier.
You can even rent entire living room furniture sets here! They’re curated by our designers to fit together nicely, and can make the furnishing process a lot easier.