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Best Accent Chairs for Every Design Aesthetic

Updated: May 7

There’s no denying that your home should reflect your style — and adding an accent chair is one of the best ways to do so. Accent chairs are an effective way to showcase your taste in design, all while providing extra seating space. Plus, when we don’t have enough room to toss in another three-seater, an accent chair makes for a compact addition that provides similar benefits.

However, the vast collection of chairs can make it overwhelming to choose the one that you love best. So, we’ve scoured plenty of styles and handpicked our top favorites. Below, you can find a compilation of some of the most unique options in accent chairs, sure to tie any space together.

Scallop Lounge Chair

When in doubt, go for a scalloped back. This Scallop Lounge Chair by Urban Outfitters is a cozy accent chair that can make a chic statement in your interior. It is upholstered in plush woven fabrics — so you can use it to diversify the textures in your space. The chair also comes in a beautiful pink. Whether you’re using it to add a pop of hue in your living room or as a part of the reading nook in your bedroom, this great-looking and especially comfy chair will serve the purpose.

Playmate Corner Chair

Rejoice, apartment dwellers! If you’re short on space and can’t figure out where to put that accent chair, the Simple Living Playmate Corner Chair at Bed, Bath & Beyond is just what you need. Unlike a traditional accent chair, it will fit into any vacant corner of the room. Its angled corner, as well as its suitability to fit in tight corners, makes it one of the most unique additions to a compact living area. The chair comes in three color variations and a tufted back, and adds a beautiful mid-century modern touch.

Bonus: You can purchase a loveseat (or two) later down the lane to create an extended seating arrangement!

Eames Lounge Chair (and Ottoman)

Furniture infatuations come and go. But the Eames lounge chair? Not going anywhere. It’s a timeless piece (and it debuted in 1956!). The chair is an ergonomic dream — you can sit in it in multiple different positions and be equally comfortable in each. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious office chair or a recliner to relax in, this dramatically tilted swivel chair will be your best friend. It is pricey, but oh so worth it.

Cammy Armchair

Credit: Castlery

If your design aesthetic inclines towards structured design elements, this Castlery Cammy Armchair has a simple form but a super comfortable seat (despite its thin frame). Using it as an accent chair to your contemporary interior can add an interesting twist of mid-century modern — singlehandedly adding to the visual appeal. Pair it with a minimalist table, and you’ll have a spot to rest against a lumbar, lost in your favorite book.

Fields Cane Back White Accent Chair

Who doesn’t enjoy an outdoorsy vibe indoors? With its rattan frame and soft upholstery, this Fields Cane Back White Accent Chair at Crate and Barrel is the perfect mix of indoors and outdoors. It can help create an airy vibe in your living room while providing a comfortable seating spot. The piece takes a modern take on the traditional barrel chair — embracing its curvy forms but keeping it contemporary.

Astrea Jacquard-Woven Delaney Chair

For those seeking to create a statement, Anthropologie’s Astrea Jacquard-Woven Delaney Chair is a head-turner! The floral (and vibrant) upholstery can make a stunning statement in your living room, while the cushion and armrests are great for relaxing. However, the fabric should only be cleaned by a professional — so those with little ones/pets around should give it a second thought.

Dawson Upholstered Barrel Chair

The economical homeowner’s pick should be this cost-effective Dawson Upholstered Barrel Chair by Willa Arlo Interiors. It makes for a glamorous (yet minimalist) accent chair with a cocoon-like feel. We love how its golden legs add a touch of sophistication to the otherwise cozy piece — ensuring you get the best of functionality and style. It’s available in various colors, so you can pick the one that suits your design style best.

Greta Chair

The legless Greta Chair at Urban Outfitters can instantly add a breath of fresh air to your interior. It takes a unique approach to modern chairs, while its curvy silhouette adds organic forms to your interior. It also straightens back to form a comfortable area to lie down — for those eyeing double-duty, this is ‘the piece’!

Paloma Boucle Armchair

Credit: Castlery

Add an interesting touch of asymmetry to your interior with this three-legged Paloma Boucle Armchair by Castlery. It is upholstered from top to bottom and features a unique build that can create an architectural statement in any room. As such, this piece can easily incorporate a designer feel into your living space without creating a hole in your pocket. It is more of an occasional seat than a lounger, though!

Medoc Swivel Chair

In for a bold statement? Consider this ultra-cozy Medoc Swivel Chair by Crate and Barrel. It is upholstered in plush velvet and features a wrap-around back. Whether you use the chair alone or as a pair, it has a dominant presence in any room — putting a modern spin on the otherwise classic design. (With the holiday season coming up, it also works well for Christmas decor — and otherwise!).

Final Words

We can all agree that placing an accent chair in your home is so much more than just adding seating space. Accent chairs have a lot to say about your personal taste (and design aesthetic), so we always recommend: browse before you buy. After going through our top picks, we hope we helped you find the accent chair of your (design) dreams 😉


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