Creating a unique home or apartment means decorating with unique pieces. Sure, it's easy enough to go to a furniture store and buy a matching living room set. But if you really want to make a room look special, you'll need to add one more thing: a great accent chair.
Wingback chairs. Club chairs. Slipper chairs. Barrel chairs …
Accent chairs come in dozens of different silhouettes, fabrics, patterns and finishes. Unfortunately, deciding which one to buy can be a tough decision.
If you're in the market for a new accent chair, check out this list of the 17 best accent chairs to spruce up your space.
What to Look For in a New Accent Chair
Before you start clicking and adding accent chairs to a dozen different online shopping carts, there are a few things you'll want to take into consideration.
For starters, consider the shape. An accent chair should be an accent – it doesn't need to match the shape of your existing couch or loveseat. So if you have a classic couch with square arms, you might want to consider adding a round chair to give your room an extra bit of contrast.
Think of the color and pattern. If you have a solid grey, beige, or brown sofa, as so many of us do, a colorful accent chair can give your room the pop of color it needs. On the other hand, if you've got a brightly colored couch or colorful accents throughout the room, it's best to stick to a solid chair in a classic, neutral hue.
You'll also want to make sure that your accent chair is comfortable. Buy one online, and there's no real way to know if it's comfy until it arrives at your door. But you can (and should) read online reviews of what other customers are saying.
If it's an uncomfortable seat, you can be sure that plenty of other buyers have mentioned that in their reviews!
Here's the main thing to keep in mind: the perfect accent chair will coordinate and contrast with your existing décor.
Now that you know what to look for, it's time to start shopping!
Barcelona Chair, $6,479
The Barcelona Chair is a modern classic. Designed by architect Mies Van Der Rohe in 1929, you'll find this accent chair in luxury homes, hotels and offices around the globe. And it only gets better with age.
This isn't just any old chair. This is a work of art, a modern masterpiece to put it mildly. It's sleek, sophisticated, and timeless – just what the perfect accent chair should be.
Don't have $6,000 to drop on a single piece of furniture? There are tons of knock-offs out there, but the real thing is always better (if you can afford it).
Bliss Chair-and-a-Half, $849
The Bliss Down-Filled Chair-and-a-Half from West Elm is super cozy and comfy – and it's extra-wide, which makes it perfect curling up with a good book. Custom made to order in dozens of colors and fabrics, this chair features solid ash wood legs, a deep seat and down-filled cushions that make it extra comfortable.
Ranging from $849 to $999, depending on the fabric, this chair would look perfect in the corner of any living room or bedroom suite.
Restoration Hardware has been producing gorgeous, luxe leather seating for decades. But the 1950s Italian Shelter Arm Swivel Chair is one of our favorites.
Made to order in your choice of different fabrics and soft leather skins, this chair is simple and elegant with rounded edges and a rotating base so you can swivel and spin.
In fabric, it would be a beautiful addition to a living room decorated with clean lines and modern décor. In leather, it would be a perfect addition to a home office or reading room. Either way, it exudes mid-century modern design, making it both retro and contemporary at the same time.
Womb Chair, $4,620
With a metal frame and a matching ottoman, the Womb Chair lets you relax and lounge in ultimate style. Available in a variety of colors and textures in fabric and leather, this custom made chair can be produced with either chrome or black legs. Both options work beautifully with modern, contemporary décor.
The unique shape makes it perfect for buying in a pop color – that is, if you want your accent chair to be the stand-out piece of furniture in your living space.
FYI, the matching ottoman is not included in the price. That'll run you an extra $1,346.
Daulton Side Chair, $135
Looking for a great accent chair that won't break the bank?
With gold-tone legs, a pleated back and plush velvet upholstery, this armless chair is a super soft addition to any interior. It comes in a variety of colors, and if you have the space, we suggest buying a matching set!
Leila Barrel Chair, $1,400
In plush velvet with a rounded back, the Leila Barrel Chair adds retro-inspired style to any living space. The rounded back makes it ideal for positioning in a small corner, while the gold-tone base adds a touch of glam and luxury.
The seat and back are made of a high-density foam padding on making it a comfortable seat to sink into. Plus, the sculpted silhouette creates a super chic look from the front, back, and side.
Nathalie Side Chair, $236
Gold tapered legs add a glam touch to this pleated accent chair. With open sides and a curved back, the Nathalie Side Chair in velvet lends instant elegance to any room.
This armless accent chair comes in many bold, rich colors, and it's perfect for a living room or bedroom that needs a cozy seat and a vibrant pop of color. It's both timeless and modern, so it's the type of piece you'll be excited to have on display for years on end.
Arlon Armchair, $450
A natural wood frame and a neutral cushion make the Arlon Armchair a gorgeous addition to any rustic, boho or farmhouse-chic living room. The wood base is architectural, while the overstuffed cushions make it super comfy for lounging, reading or enjoying a cup of coffee.
This design is available in several different wood finishes and several cushion colors. Just add a funky accent pillow and a small side table, and you've got an instant reading nook!
Coe Swivel Balloon Chair, $1,002
If mid-century design is your aesthetic, the Coe Swivel Balloon Chair will take your home to a whole new level. Beautifully sculpted with a tall back and a scooped seat, this chair evokes the classic egg-chair shape. Bonus: the metal base allows for 360-degree rotation. And could even be used as an unconventional office chair.
This retro-inspired accent chair is available in a variety of colors. But even in a neutral hue, the shape makes it a stand out!
Harper Ivory Accent Chair, $1,641
Create a classic, traditional and elegant living room with the Harper Ivory Accent Chair. In a half-moon silhouette, this chair features a durable hardwood frame, a cozy seat cushion and carved wood accents.
It offers a sturdy, inviting look, and it comes with a geometric print throw pillow for added comfort and added style. We could easily see this in an elegant foyer, in the corner of a living room, or by a window in your master bedroom suite.
Salamanca Accent Chair, $400
Curved lines and an open back make the Salamanca Upholstered Accent Armchair ideal for a living room or entryway that needs a fresh, new look.
With tapered wooden legs, it's easy to coordinate with any traditional, modern or transitional room design. It also comes in fun, yet subtle, colors that can be easily mixed and matched with all sorts of other fabrics and finishes.
Circle Hoop Lounge Chair, $1,636
Turn your living room into a boho, tropical-inspired retreat with the Circle Hoop Lounge Chair. Doing double duty as a statement piece and a comfy seat, this chair is made with a round walnut wood frame, a rope back and a cushioned seat pad.
A small pillow against the back serves as head and neck support, while angled legs and slanted supports give it a cool, unique shape.
Place this accent chair in a corner near some potted plants, and you'll surely feel like you're chilling on an island.
Tafton Floral Club Chair, $199.99
Add a touch of romance and a bit of feminine charm to your living space with the Tafton Floral Club Accent Chair. In a wingback silhouette with sculpted arms and a tufted back, this chair features a beautiful allover floral print in pale shades of grey and blue.
Diamond tufted accents and nailhead trim make it a cozy addition to any room decorated in traditional or transitional décor.
Hanging Rattan Swing Chair, $689.99
Crafted from natural wicker and rattan, the Hanging Rattan Swing Chair is guaranteed to become your favorite seat in the house. With open slats and a comfortable white cushion, this chair is designed to swing freely from the ceiling. Cross your legs or curl up your feet to sit and read or watch the sunrise. Who needs a rocking chair when you can have a swinging chair.
And while this hanging chair has an undeniably outdoor feel, it's only suitable for indoor use.
Blue side panels against a stark white frame and cushion make the Blue Circles Leather Lounge Chair a stunning addition to any modern space.
In maple with acrylic side panels, this chair features a series of overlapping circles that contrast the square wood base. It's those contrasting shapes that make it such a striking option. Talk about a focal point!
The best part? The side panels are interchangeable. You can create dozens of different looks just by adding different side panels to your existing frame.
James Roll Arm Recliner, $1,099
Sometimes sitting comfortably isn't enough. Sometimes, you just need to recline.
The James Roll Arm Upholstered Recliner from Pottery Barn is a classic. With a high back, a soft down-filled cushion and nailhead trim, it's a beautiful addition to any room decorated in traditional, elegant décor.
The back and seat cushions are fixed, so you don't have to worry about them sliding around when you recline. Rolled arms, cutaway details and dark walnut legs give this upholstered chair a sturdy look and feel. Plus, it's available in a variety of custom colors to coordinate with your existing décor.
Koarp Armchair, $169
If you're a fan of the simple Scandinavian look, IKEA is your go-to place. And, like all IKEA products, the KOARP Armchair offers excellent style and value.
A high-resilience foam cushion makes it soft and comfortable, while squared armrests let you sit in any position you like. But what we really love about this chair is that the cover is machine washable. So if you spill a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, you can remove the cover and just toss it in the washer.
Another cool factor is that the cover has a hidden storage pocket in the back so that you can conceal magazines, books, and all sorts of slim items from view.
What Are the Best Accent Chairs for Your Home?
Depending on your style, taste and budget, amazing accent chairs exist for every type of decorator and designer.
From traditional to mid-century modern to rustic, there's an accent chair out there to suit everyone's style.
Just remember: if you want your accent chair to accentuate your room, choose one that doesn't match your sofa and loveseat. Don't be afraid to mix texture, color, and blend fabrics. The more dimension and depth you add to your home, the more interesting it will be.
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The 17 Best Accent Chairs:
- Barcelona Chair
- Bliss Down-Filled Chair-and-a-Half
- 950s Italian Shelter Arm Swivel Chair
- Womb Chair
- Daulton Side Chair
- Leila Barrel Chair
- Nathalie Side Chair
- Arlon Armchair
- Coe Swivel Balloon Chair
- Harper Ivory Accent Chair
- Salamanca Upholstered Accent Armchair
- Circle Hoop Lounge Chair
- Tafton Floral Club Accent Chair
- Hanging Rattan Swing Chair
- Blue Circles Leather Lounge Chair
- James Roll Arm Upholstered Recliner
- KOARP Armchair