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27 Different Types of Accent Chairs (2022 Buying Guide)

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Quicklist: Different Types of Accent Chairs

  1. Arm Chair
  2. Slipper Chair
  3. Side Chair
  4. Barrel Chair
  5. Lounge Chair
  6. Wingback Chair
  7. Club Chair
  8. Parsons Chair
  9. Papasan Chair
  10. Convertible Chair
  11. Balloon Chair
  12. Chesterfield Chair
  13. Modern
  14.  Contemporary
  15. Traditional
  16. Transitional
  17. Rustic
  18. Cottage/Country
  19. Glam
  20. Coastal
  21. Mid-Century Modern
  22. Industrial
  23. Scandinavian
  24. Global Inspired
  25. French Country
  26. Bohemian
  27. Tropical

An accent chair isn’t just another place to sit — it says something about you and the room you’ve chosen to put it in. We research and outline many different styles so that you can get an idea as to your various options. While we don’t cover it here, if you’re looking for accent chairs with matching ottoman, click here.

The purpose of an accent chair is multifaceted. First and foremost, it provides an additional place to sit. In other words, it complements the room’s main piece of furniture (such as a sofa) as a secondary seating area.

Secondly, it adds a splash of color or texture to the room. The goal here is for the chair to supplement the rest of the room’s design, including other décor and furniture. Accent chairs that accomplish both of these tasks come in a variety of types, styles, sizes, materials and colors.

We’ve researched each type and outline their specific characteristics.

Types of Accent Chairs

Start your search for the perfect accent chair by narrowing down chair type.

Type refers to the basic design of the chair, including the look and construction of its legs, back and seat. Select the option that works best for your needs, preferences, and overall design of the room you want it for.

1. Arm 

Arm Chair

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An arm chair is arguably the most popular type of accent chair available.

Not only do they look great and add a touch of style to any room, but they’re also designed with comfort in mind. They typically consist of an upholstered material. The most common design incorporates two comfortable side supports to rest your arms on.

Arm chairs are available in a wide variety of materials, colors, and sizes to match your preferences. See our guide to chair and sofa arm styles here.


2. Slipper 

Slipper Accent Chair

Source: Jonathon Adler

Take an arm chair and cut off the arms. Now you have a slipper chair.

This type of furniture is notable for its sleek, streamlined design. They provide an extra place to sit without taking up much space. With an upholstered top, your color and pattern options are nearly endless.

Slipper chairs are available in numerous colors and styles to suit everyone’s needs, whether that’s style, comfort, or a mixture of the two.


3. Side 

Side Chair

Source: Wayfair

A side chair is high among the most versatile pieces of furniture ever created. With a very petite profile, they’re sort of like an even slimmer version of the slipper variety. They don’t have arms but do have an upholstered top and a solid frame.

The slim design of this type of furniture is what makes it so versatile. It will fit into the smallest and most awkward places. It’s comfortable enough as a place to sit while reading or watching television, but it’s also straight enough to use at a dining room table.

You can buy a side chair in just about any design imaginable, from those that stick out to those that smoothly blend in.


4. Barrel 

Barrel Chair

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A barrel chair is notable for its barrel-shaped design. The back of the piece is rounded, looking almost like the back of a barrel. The front features a cutout area to sit, surrounded with a high back and high arms.

Comfort is key with this style of furniture. These pieces are created from the ground up with comfort in mind. Upholstery and plentiful padding make them a great place to sit and relax.

Given the vast variety of material and color options available, a barrel chair is a great piece that adds a natural and rustic feel to any room.


5. Lounge 

Lounge chair

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As the name implies, a lounge chair is created with lounging in mind. Since they’re designed for lounging, every aspect of these pieces is constructed with the goal of comfort. Most feature a laid-back design with a slanted back and a place to rest your feet.

This footrest can either be built-in to the piece or come as a separate piece. This style of furniture is often used inside as a place to relax. Outdoor versions are also common on patios and near pools.

Dozens of versions of lounge chairs are available, ranging from formal to relaxed and everywhere in between.


6. Wingback 

Wingback chair (contemporary)

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Few pieces of accent furniture are anywhere near as stylish as a wingback chair. Used for centuries as a staple in libraries and other formal rooms, one of these pieces will bring a dose of classic style to any room. The tall back and winged sides are staples of its design.

Though traditionally used in a formal setting, modern versions look just as good in a laid back, relaxed living room. Place yours in front of a fireplace, in an entryway, or at a desk. You can even use them around a dining table.

Note that most of these pieces are quite bulky. They’re not the best option if you plan to move your seating around on a regular basis. A variety of materials and colors make accent chairs a great addition to any room or area of your home.


7. Club

Club chair

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Club chairs get their name from the type of seating commonly seen in traditional clubs of old. They tend to feature deeper-than-normal seats, high arms, and comfortable upholstery. Indeed, the main purpose of this style of accent furniture is a comfortable place to sit.

These pieces make the perfect addition to a living room. Their cozy design makes them the ideal place to curl up with a book. Many people place theirs near a warm fireplace.

These pieces are available in a wide variety of colors and styles. Traditionally, they come with leather upholstery and nail trim. However, today’s modern club chairs are available made from nearly any upholstery type.

Check out our list of club chairs under $200 as well as my favorite club chairs.


8. Parsons

Parsons Chair

Source: Pier 1 Imports

Select a parsons chair for a unique blend of style and functionality. A highlight of this type of accent furniture is how well it goes with just about anything. No matter your style of décor, there’s an option that’s perfect for you.

Though they boast classic good looks, these pieces are relatively new. Developed only in the 1930s, the goal was to strip everything down to leave just the bare essentials. These pieces work well just about anywhere, but look particularly good in the dining room.

Their armless design and tall backs make sitting at a table comfortable. Despite their sleek and streamlined looks, these pieces of furniture still retain a traditional, natural look. Select from a variety of finishes, colors, and upholstery types to find the parsons chair that works best in your home.


9. Papasan 

Papasan Chair

Source: Pier 1 Imports

Few types of accent furniture are anywhere near as unique looking as a Papasan chair. These pieces consist of a sturdy frame (usually made from rattan) and a comfortable cushion that fits inside. The overall design is a dish shape.

Though these pieces aren’t exactly as popular as they once were, they’re still a great choice for any area where comfort is key. They’re extremely comfortable and relaxing to sit in. The high comfort of these pieces has made them popular in college dorm rooms.

The latest styles make them a great choice for any home. The mature patterns now offered even make Papasan chairs a decent choice for formal rooms in homes.


10. Convertible 

Convertible Chair

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Convertible chairs are, as their name implies, convertible to a variety of different types. These versatile pieces tend to feature foldable backs. If you’re tired of sitting, simply pop down the back to create a comfortable area to lay.

Most of these pieces feature a sturdy metal frame. The sitting area tends to be upholstered, with leather one of the most common material choices. This style of furniture commonly comes without arms.

Sometimes a foot rest is also added to make it even more comfortable when converted to a bed. The wide variety of styles of convertible chairs now offered means you’ll find something that works well for any room and décor type.


11. Balloon 

Balloon Chair (capsule chair)

Source: Wayfair

Another unique style of accent furniture is the balloon chair. These pieces feature a rounded back that mimics the look of a balloon. They usually come with enclosed arms and a deep seat.

Some balloon models come with a footrest to let you kick back. Others don’t even have a frame and are mounted from the ceiling. The color, style, and material options for balloon chairs are nearly endless.


12. Chesterfield 

Chesterfield Chair

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The Chesterfield is a chair (also available as a sofa) that’s known for its formal looks and incredible comfort. They bring classic good looks to the table with a mixture of leather materials, rolled arms and nailhead trim. Despite the fact that it was first created in the 18th century, the Chesterfield looks great in just about any room.

Sure, they’re formal in style, but they work well with decidedly less formal furniture and décor. Best of all, today’s modern Chesterfield chairs come in a wide variety of styles to suit just about any room in your home.

 

Chair styles

Styles of Accent Chairs

The style of your accent chair relates to its overall look and design. Numerous factors must be taken into consideration including materials, color and size. Most important of all, however, is the chair type.

Your main style options include modern, contemporary, traditional, transitional, rustic, cottage/country, glam, coastal, mid-century modern, industrial, Scandinavian, global-inspired, French country, bohemian and tropical. As you can see, your style options are numerous, allowing you to find a piece that perfectly accents the rest of your furniture and décor.

1. Modern

Modern chair

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Modern style furniture takes its design elements from the modernist movement that started in the late 1800s. Pieces created in the modern style tend to be simple and streamlined. Their emphasis is mostly on function over fashion.

The colors used tend to be subdued and minimal.


2. Contemporary

Contemporary Accent Chair

Source: Houzz

Though it borrows some ideas from the modern style, contemporary style furniture is a completely different category of design. Originating in the 1970s, pieces created in the contemporary style are known for their stark simplicity. Curves are another common design element.

While the colors used on modern furniture are subdued and minimal, the contemporary style often incorporates bold colors and bold patterns.


3. Traditional

Traditional Accent Chair

Source: Wayfair

Accent chairs created in the traditional style tend to be welcoming, relaxed and quite ordinary. The style uses elements that look classic and authentic. Sometimes traditional design even looks slightly outdated.

Warm, traditional, earthy colors are often used. The emphasis of these pieces is on function over fashion.


4. Transitional

Transitional Accent Chair

Source: Coaster Furniture

Transitional style furniture is a blend of contemporary and traditional styles. These pieces are popular in modern homes because they go well with just about every type of décor and furnishings. They bring together elegance, clean profiles, and an emphasis on comfort into a single package.

Warm neutral colors and understated patterns rule.


5. Rustic

Rustic Accent Chair

Source: Houzz

Those that prefer a simple, laid-back, completely unpretentious style of décor should look into rustic furniture. These pieces are notable for their basic, rugged design that highlights natural beauty. Honest, warm, earthy colors are the hallmark of this style.

Expect rustic pieces to look like they are more appropriate for a log cabin rather than a modern house.


6. Cottage/Country

Cottage/Country Accent Chair

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The cottage style, also known as country style, is similar to the rustic style, but with more of a country twist. Natural earth colors are paired with stripes, checks and floral prints. These pieces are basic and laid back but tend to incorporate a lot of bright colors.

This is the style of furniture you’d expect to see in a farmhouse.


7. Glam

Glam Accent Chair

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The classic glam furniture style is perfect for those that want a little more sparkle in their lives. As glamorous as it gets, pieces created with this style have a lot of detail. Ornamental detail and elegance are central.

Despite all of this, the colors used are subtle and used sparingly. When bold colors are used, it creates a big statement.


8. Coastal

Coastal Accent Chair

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Furniture created with the coastal style is comfortable, relaxed and welcoming. Think of the furniture you’d expect in a beach house — that’s the coastal style. The unpretentious look combines natural materials with casual textures and colors.

The most common colors draw from the sea – clear blues, sea greens, and creamy whites are the most popular.


9. Mid-Century Modern

Mid-Century Modern Accent Chair

Source: Houzz

The world has been obsessed with mid-century modern furniture as of late. One of the most popular styles around, mid-century modern is notable for its blending of classic modern design with a slightly more updated feel. These are pieces with a look that harks back to the 1930s to 1960s.

They have a classic, comfortable style that’s quite vintage in looks.


10. Industrial

Industrial Style Accent Chair

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The raw, utilitarian design that highlights industrial style furniture is becoming increasingly popular. Pieces that utilize this style are incredibly functional and working class in design. Humble materials, which are often pre-aged, are a hallmark of this style.

Industrial accent chairs can be as simple or complex as you want them to be.


11. Scandinavian

Scandinavian Accent Chair

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The Scandinavian style of furniture design is yet another style that has roots in modern design. With a focus on simplicity and functionality, Scandinavian furniture is most often constructed from natural materials, including wood and leather. Curved shapes and earth tone colors are common.


12. Global Inspired

Global Inspired Accent Chair

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Global-inspired furniture takes its inspiration from countries around the world for a wholly exotic look. These pieces are not only exotic, but they’re also alluring and very personal. These pieces are authentic and blend bright and bold colors and patterns with neutral colors and patterns.


13. French Country

French Country Accent Chair

Source: Houzz

Furniture that utilizes the French country design is among the most charming available. Pieces constructed in this style are bright, rustic and laid-back. Think old world designs combined with modern splashes of color.

The French country design is very similar to the cottage/country design except for its European twist.


14. Bohemian

Bohemian Accent Chair

Source: Wayfair

Tap into your adventurous side with the Bohemian style furniture. These pieces contain a whole lot of flair and creativity. Textures, colors, and patterns are all vibrant with a flair towards the artistic.

Brightly upholstered seats and rustic wooden frames are prevalent.


15. Tropical

Tropical Accent Chair

Source: Houzz

The name says it all – this style of furniture is nothing short of tropical. The tropical design reflects the style in tropical areas of the world. Pieces often have a laid-back, beach vibe.

Tropical wood, woven textures, and a light atmosphere are common. Vibrant colors and patterns are also frequently utilized.

Design Options for Accent Chairs

Though type and style largely dictate what your accent furniture will look like, you still have several design options to choose from. These include upholstery color and pattern, upholstery material, frame color and type and arm type. Not only do all these additional design factors influence the look of your accent chair, but they also relate directly to its overall functionality as a piece of useful furniture.

1. Upholstery Color and Pattern

Upholstery Color and Pattern Accent Chair

Source: Houzz

The color and pattern of your upholstery depend largely on the style you choose. As mentioned above, modern and contemporary styles tend to be minimalist shades of white and gray while tropical and global inspired styles tend to be much brighter and more vibrant. However, within each particular style, you still have options.

Choose a color and style that best accents the rest of your home décor and furniture.


2. Upholstery Material

Blue and white upholstered accent chair

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The types of material used for upholstery are just as vast as your color and pattern choices. Commonly used upholstery materials include taffeta, damask, cotton, linen, wool, leather, faux leather, silk, chenille, and velvet. Like color and pattern, choose a material whose texture matches the look and style of the rest of your room.


3. Frame Color and Type

Metal frame and upholstered accent chair

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Wood and metal are by far the most common materials used for the frames of chairs. Sometimes these materials are bare. Other times they’re covered in upholstery.

You can also find stained or painted frames in a variety of colors.


4. Arm Type

Low arm accent chair

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Each type of chair tends to come with a different arm type. The most common arm types include armless, track arms, round arms, recessed arms, flared arms, and pillow-top arms.

Top Brands

Castlery

The Singapore-based furniture company has a huge selection of accent chairs. Castlery offers everything from modern chairs to vintage-inspired designs. You can even pick out the fabric and leg colors for many chairs. 

When you browse the online store, you’ll find accent chairs that are well-made and on-trend. Chairs are available in a wide range of sizes and styles. The site is also known for its fast delivery times. 

Target

Target company and logo on the store front.

The big box department store chain is a great place to find furniture like accent chairs. They offer stylish designs at affordable prices. Target has worked with interior design firms and is a favorite of many professionals. 

“There’s a lovely new collection called Project 62 from Target,” says interior designer Nina Takesh. “It has very elevated, very minimalistic items that are extremely affordable.” While Target doesn’t sell premium accent chairs, it’s a good option for shoppers on a budget.

The retailer also offers chairs in many styles. From club chairs to barrel chairs, it’s hard to top Target’s selection. 

Burrow

Burrow is known for modular furniture, but also has a terrific selection of accent chairs. The chairs are stylish and easy to assemble. Most of its designs take influence from mid-century and Scandinavian design. 

People love Burrow because the brand’s furniture is easy to put together and take apart. It’s a solid option for younger buyers that want to move in the future. Popular accent chairs include the Vesper Lounge Chair and Range Seat.

Interior Define

Interior Define offers made-to-order accent chairs. Many of its chairs have more than 100 fabric and color options. You can even order fabric swatches before you buy. 

This brand blends stylish design and comfort. They offer a large selection of accent chairs made from premium materials. If you want a custom accent chair, this is a very nice option.

Anthropologie

Anthropologie store front and brick floor.

This clothing brand also has a large selection of high-quality furniture pieces. Many of its accent chairs are statement pieces. If you like boho or vintage-inspired design, this is a brand you’ll want to check out. 

If you want an accent chair that feels unique, this is the perfect brand for you. Need some design tips? They also offer free home styling services.

West Elm

West elm store front for furniture.

West Elm is a socially-conscious furniture brand that designs its pieces in-house. They offer stylish, modern accent chairs in many styles. Most chairs are customized, and some offer more than 100 color and fabric options.

Some of the most popular accent chairs at West Elm are the Viv Swivel Chair and the Penn Chair. Their leather chairs are also a customer favorite. Since the brand has stores across North America, you can try out chairs in person. 

“The Carlow mid-century chair from West Elm is really special,” says interior designer Arvin Olano. “Because of the contract-grade quality, it’s going to last you a very long time.”

All Modern

Like the name says, this brand is all about modern furniture. Many of its accent and lounge chairs take influence from Scandinavian design. Chairs are available in neutral colors, as well as bright and bold shades. 

All Modern has a large variety of chairs available at many price points. With so many chairs to choose from, you can pick out something perfect for your living room. Best of all, there’s fast and free delivery for all accent chairs.

Serena & Lily

If you prefer coastal design to modern décor, you’ll love the accent chairs at Serena & Lily. This brand offers comfortable, well-made chairs made from eco-friendly materials. These chairs can make any home feel more welcoming. 

Popular styles include the Miramar Chair and the Beckett Chair. It’s the perfect brand for people that like casual and classic living spaces. Many of its chairs are also available in light, breezy colors.

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn store front and round tables.

Pottery Barn is an upscale furniture chain that’s known for its timeless designs. The brand has a huge selection and offers accent chairs in many styles. Bestsellers include the Balboa Swivel and Raylan Leather Armchair. 

Since Pottery Barn has lots of stores, you can try out chairs in person. The brand also offers free styling tips and design services.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an accent chair?

An accent chair is a piece of furniture that is both functional and aesthetic. Usually a stand-alone piece, an accent chair can bring out other details and features in a room. An accent chair is also a great focal point for bigger rooms.

It also provides a place for a guest to sit, making an accent chair a great addition to any room. The key is to have an accent piece that stands out while flowing with the original theme. When shopping for an accent chair, keep in mind what purpose it needs to serve for the entire room.

Can an accent chair be reupholstered?

Yes. Accent chairs can be upholstered like traditional chairs, and may benefit from a new look. Some chairs look completely different with new upholstery, giving life to an otherwise boring chair. While big furniture like sofas and loveseats usually require a professional upholsterer, smaller pieces like accent chairs can be done at home.

There are many tutorials available online that show how to reupholster different styles of chairs. Old dining chairs make great accent pieces after being reupholstered and polished.

Can accent chairs be repaired?

Yes. Accent chairs, like traditional furniture, can be repaired if the damage isn’t extensive. Reupholstering only involves the material part of the chair, but repairing involves the entire chair structure. A furniture repair shop can tell if a chair can be repaired or not.

Repairing a chair can become costly — it may be best to buy a new accent chair to save money.

What color accent chair goes with a grey sofa?

An accent chair in bright, bold colors like mustard yellow or vibrant blue goes well with a gray sofa. You can also pair an accent chair in a neutral tone like cream, ivory, or beige with a gray sofa if you want something more muted and subtle.

What color accent chair goes with a blue sofa?

Pair a white accent chair with a blue sofa for a nice contrast. You can also add an accent chair in emerald green, mustard yellow, or blush pink to your living room if you have a blue sofa.

What color accent chair goes with a brown leather sofa?

Pair a blue accent chair with a brown leather sofa for an elegant look or try bright mustard yellow for a bright contrast. You can also pair a green or gray accent chair with a brown leather sofa.

What color accent chair goes with a red sofa?

Colors like black, white, and gray look attractive with red furniture, so choose an accent chair in one of these colors if you want to pair it with a red sofa for a bold, modern aesthetic.

What color accent chair goes with a beige sofa?

Beige is a warm, neutral tone, so pair your beige sofa with a bright white or sage green colored accent chair. These classic colors will complement the beige color of your sofa to create a warm, organic look in your home.

What accent chairs go with a chesterfield sofa?

A Chesterfield chair goes nicely with a Chesterfield sofa for a classic look, or you can pair it with a more modern, contemporary, or industrial-style accent chair to create an interesting visual contrast.

How much does it cost to reupholster an accent chair?

It may cost between $200 and $1,000 to reupholster an accent chair, but your total price will depend on how large the chair is, who you hire, and the type of material you choose. Most upholstery fabric ranges in price between $30 to $60 per square yard, and the labor is typically between $50 and $100 per hour to complete the reupholstery.

Do accent chairs have to match?

No, your accent chairs don’t have to match. In fact, you can mix and match various styles to give your living room an eclectic, casual vibe if you choose. However, if you prefer your living space to be more cohesive, then choose matching accent chairs.

Should accent chairs be the same height as the sofa?

No, accent chairs don’t need to be the same height as the sofa, but they should be at least within four inches of the seat height of your sofa. They don’t have to be the exact same height. If your sofa seat height is 18 inches high, your accent chairs should have a seat height of between 15 and 21 inches, for example.

How many accent chairs are in a living room?

Most living rooms have between one and two accent chairs in total. For a standard living space, you should have at least four to five seats, and this includes your sofa, loveseat, and any additional chairs you have including accent chairs or recliners.

What are accent chairs used for?

Accent chairs add a pop of color and design to a living room. These chairs are also used to provide comfortable seating to your guests whenever they are in your home. You can also use accent chairs to fill an empty corner of the room to make it look fuller and cozier.

Are accent chairs comfortable?

Yes, most upholstered accent chairs are comfortable to sit on. Look for accent chairs with thick, push cushioning on the arms, back, and seat as well as soft upholstery to ensure maximum comfort whenever you sit on them.

Can you sit in an accent chair?

Yes, you can sit in an accent chair. These stylish chairs are designed to provide comfortable seating for yourself, your family members, and any guests who come to your home. Look for chairs that are beautiful to look at, but that are also comfortable to sit on for maximum functionality and enjoyment. 

Can you use an accent chair as a desk chair?

Yes, you may use an accent chair as a desk chair but it’s important to make sure that it’s the proper height. Accent chairs with arms and tall backs are recommended if you’re planning to use them at your desk. Ideally, you should choose office chairs with an adjustable height, back, and other features for the best support and proper ergonomics.

This is especially important if you work at a desk for several hours at a time.

What are the different types of accent chairs?

Accent chairs are a great addition to any house because they come in all shapes, styles and designs. Most accent chairs are big armchairs found in living rooms, but they can be any kind of chair that fits your needs. Antique dining chairs and reupholstered kitchen chairs make great accent pieces.

It’s best to pick a chair that offers functionality for the room. A dining room accent chair would work well in a kitchen, for instance. Choose an accent chair that fits the purpose of the room without taking away from the theme.

Are recliners accent chairs?

Recliners can be accent chairs, but not all accent chairs are recliners. A recliner is a popular choice for an accent chair, but it is not a requirement. It is a great accent chair option because it provides a comfortable statement to any room.

While most recliners are sold in sets, they can be purchased separately.

Can accent chairs be used in bedrooms?

Yes! Accent chairs can be in any room, including bedrooms and guest rooms.  Here’s a great example of a sumptuous bedroom with an accent chair:

Bedroom with accent chair

Though they’re mostly found in more social rooms like living rooms and lounges, accent chairs can be found anywhere in the house. Bedrooms can instantly be improved with a nice accent chair, as well as providing a place to sit. Even kitchens and bathrooms can have an accent chair, depending on the size of the rooms.

Can accent chairs be placed in living rooms?

Oh yeah. In fact, that’s the most common room for an accent chair.  Here’s an example of an accent chair in the living room:

Example of an accent chair in the living room

Are accent chairs in style? 

Yeah they are.  It’s not so much whether accent chairs are in style but more a question of which accent chairs are in style. Here’s a Trend Chart for “Accent Chair”

Best accent chair options by room and space

Three accent chairs for a living room 

Wide Tufted Accent Chairs are among the favorites for many homeowners and interior decorators. Take a look at this one from Wayfair, made of velvet fabric. The teal green helps to give it a contemporary look while still maintaining an eccentric design. 

Floral Armless Accent Chairs are great for any space, but especially smaller ones. This one is from Ashley Furniture. These earth tones work two ways: blend in with a wide array of colors or lend color to a light-shaded room.

The soft colors make this a dual-purpose chair as it will fit nicely in the bedroom, too. 

The Wicker Accent Armchair takes our living room to a whole different level. This set, for instance, from Wayfair, dramatizes your living room. The barrel-shaped seat with cushion and contoured back adds another layer of attractiveness to any plain or well-designed room.

Wicker is always great and this particular set suits your outdoor or indoor living space, no matter the size or color.

Three accent chair options for a bedroom 

Curved Back Accent chairs such as this one found on Amazon will turn up any living room a few notches. They are elegant and allow you to position yourself almost like you’re lounging on the pool deck. This particular one is quite elegant and comes with brown wooden legs that accentuate the cream upholstery.

You can’t ever go wrong with a Tufted Accent Armchair for the bedroom, especially when it comes with an ottoman. This natural chair on Amazon is great for any size or colored room as it will blend in nicely.  The simple yet refined design is meant to offer comfort as well as functionality. 

A Tufted Wingback Accent Chair is always a great choice for a large or irregular-shaped bedroom. This one from Wayfair lends to the grandeur of any room. No fancy stitching and buttons, yet it remains elegant and adds appeal. 

Three accent chair examples for small spaces 

Wingback Accent Chair: Who said you can only put a wingback accent chair in a large space? Well, check out this lovely chair created by Roundhill Furniture and sold at Walmart online. It comes in gray mauve and white, and suits any small space.

It gives the impression of a larger space as opposed to making your small space feel cramped.

Armless Accent Chair: It is always the ideal choice for small spaces because it takes away the crowded feel. This example from Rooms to Go is the prime example of simple but elegant. It’s a Winbourne White Accent Chair and the curved crossed legs are so attractive.

If you have a simple space and add this chair, the wows elevate several notches. Add a throw blanket for emphasis when you’re not using it and you’ve just increased the value of your space.

Rocking Accent Chair: Need something to soothe you or maybe help relax your young ones? This is the ideal accent chair choice for the bedroom. This natural beauty abounds in this decorative chair.

The modest and welcoming quality of the light wood frame plus neutral cloth is conveyed. A reading corner or resting space can benefit from a slender rocking chair design. And with cushioning so soft, you’ll be able to unwind for a while.

It’s available at Ashley Furniture.

Three accent chairs to take a look into for a home office  

Swivel Accent Chairs are a big deal and many offices have been investing in these beauties. This one from Wayfair is built to maintain the professional look of an office but offers comfort and usefulness at the same time. They come in many shades.

You can turn without moving the entire chair and scratching the floor. It also helps the visitor or even employees to feel relaxed. So, if you’d like to take the edge off when people visit your office, I’d recommend this. 

Wood Trim Accent Armchair: Executive office spaces are incomplete without a piece like this armchair from USA Furniture. This lovely chair gives off a classy yet professional vibe. You know you’re meeting with a boss when you step into an office that has a chair like this. 

The plaid upholstery tones down the stiffness, allowing one to feel a bit more relaxed going in for a face-to-face meeting.

Wing Accent armchairs at offices are popular, particularly for executives. Check out this leather accent chair sold by the Bowery Hill Store on Amazon. No matter how simple or elegant an office is, it will fit right in.

The studded arm and wooden legs add to this chair’s appeal. 

Three accent chairs that are great reading 

A Sculptural Accent Armchair is usually perfect for reading. It keeps you comfortable yet alert. This one from Allmodern has wooden arms and legs with a unique design while the seat and back are upholstered. 

Armless Accent Chair: Who says you can’t read in style? The beautiful pebble chair comes in many colors and you can fit it in easily anywhere in your home, or office when you’re ready to read. If you like to stand out from the crowd, the faux leather accent chair is for you.

Using four nicely padded cushions, linked by a metal spine, which has a curving seat plus a high backrest, you’ll have great back support. Its chrome legs are sure to draw attention with its slightly nostalgic, yet contemporary design.

More Details

There are a few important factors you should keep in mind behind the type, style, and design of your accent chair. First up are additional considerations. These range from thinking of a flow plan of how the piece looks with the rest of your furniture/décor to comfort versus fashion.

Next up is how the chair will be used. Is it primarily for looks or will it regularly be sat in? Finally, we discuss how all of your decisions affect the final price you pay for your new piece of furniture.

A. Additional Considerations

You shouldn’t just buy an accent chair willy-nilly. It’s essential to do your research to select a piece that you not only like, but also fits well with the overall design and décor of the room it will be located in.

Here are a few additional considerations to keep in mind while shopping:

  • Look for Inspiration – Interior design is all about inspiration. Our posts on 50 attractive accent chairs for under $100 is as good a place to be inspired as any.
  • Find Your Style – Use your inspiration to find the style you prefer. Build off this to find a piece that will complement the rest of your home décor.
  • Create a Floor Plan – Don’t just throw down your new piece. Instead, brainstorm and create a floor plan that emphasizes its looks without interrupting the walking flow of the room.

B. Interior Design Options

As mentioned above, it’s essential to consider how your new accent chair will look with the rest of your room’s décor and furniture. Not only does the piece itself need to complement the overall style of the room, but it must also be situated properly in the room. The feng shui of the room’s layout will create a more relaxing and welcoming space.

Another interior design consideration is how the chair will be used. Are you buying it primarily for style? Or will it be used often as well?

The use of your new piece of accent furniture will dictate the type and style that’s best for your home.

C. Cost and Budget

The cost of accent chairs varies wildly depending on numerous factors. Chief among these is type and style. Certain types and styles are much more expensive than other types and styles.

Materials used also play a big role in overall cost. Expensive materials including real leather. A more affordable substitute is faux leather.

With that said, budget models are available for under $150. The majority of models, however, range between $150 and $500 in price. More expensive models are anywhere from $500 to $1,000.

Top of the line designer models cost well over $1,000. The most expensive models commonly available cost around $2,500. Wayfair even has one designer model available that normally costs over $12,500!

Set your budget ahead of time to a price you feel comfortable with. The best online retailers have search tools that enable you to look only at products within your preferred price parameters.

Where to Buy Accent Chairs Online

There are so many places to buy accent chairs that the options can quickly become overwhelming. We’ve done the legwork for you, narrowing down the options to the best of the best. These online retailers carry the widest selections at the best prices.

Their intuitive search tools enable you to search for specific items based on type, color, price and more.

Here are five of the best places to buy accent chairs online: