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How to Choose Accent Seating


How to Choose Accent Seating

The living room is one of the spaces where we spend most of our time, whether entertaining family and friends or relaxing with a favorite book after a long day. It’s a space that should always feel comfortable, while beautifully exuding your personal style.

Although it may not be the first thing you think of when composing your ideal living room, accent seating is essential in pulling together the aesthetic and functionality of the space. If you’re looking for a way to spice things up, incorporating the strong silhouette of an occasional chair can be a surprisingly simple way to embolden a space. If maximizing your seating is the goal, accent chairs are a straightforward way to fulfill this need while making a statement through custom fabric, finishes and styles that complement the rest of your look.

When choosing your accent seating, there are many styles to consider. To narrow down your options, first choose your piece based on functionality, considering how it might be used day-to-day and how it fits in the space. From there, you can get creative with customizations to make it your own, and a one-of-a-kind piece.

Types of Accent Seating


Give yourself the ability to face one direction – a window view or cozy fire – and spin back to face the room. A swivel chair works well in any space, but is particularly suited to an open floor plan, an entry or a reading nook.


Customize a unique silhouette with a fun fabric and finish and suddenly you’ve got yourself a piece of functional art. Statement seating can be fun in a living room or bedroom space.

classic chair

If sophistication is your aesthetic goal, a wing-backed style is an excellent addition to your room. Classic accent chairs are really transitional and can fit well in many spaces. Feature a pair in your living room or place a single chair in your office or bedroom.

chair and a half

Chair and a Half
This ultra-cozy style is the perfect piece to curl up with a good book and a textured throw. By providing a bit more space to spread out, the chair and a half will become your favorite spot in the living or bedroom.

chaise lounge

Placing it under a window, by a fireplace, or as a seating bench at the end of a bed or against a wall, a chaise adds a dramatic element to your schematic. With the wide variety of styles and customization options, it’s the perfect piece to balance masculine and feminine preferences.

relaxer chair

Motion pieces allow for maximum comfort, and with ultra-chic, modern options, there is no need to sacrifice style for the ability to recline. Relaxers are ideal in a large living room or entertainment area.

Ultimately, when choosing accent seating, don’t be afraid to mix and match different styles in different spaces to add depth and interest. Looking for more how-to's to help revamp your space? Check out our blog on How To Choose Accent Lighting.

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