Accent chairs are usually chairs that are not part of a matched set of furniture. They can serve many different purposes. They might provide added seating, give extra color to a room, or fill a space that just really needs that little something extra.
They can be in a broad variety of styles and designs, ranging from a very ordinary stool chair that provides utilitarian extra seating in a kitchen to an extremely comfortable wingbackor even a recliner. Usually, however, accent chairs are low-key additions to an already carefully arranged room.
How Can You Use Accent Chairs?
Accent chairs can be used to provide extra seating or seating for a specific purpose.
If you ask guests to remove their shoes at the door, it is kind to provide a seat where they can easily undo shoelaces and perhaps pull on a pair of scuffs to protect your floors.
Since this will often be one of the first things your guests see when they enter your house, you will want a seat that is both attractive and functional. A padded bench is often a good choice, especially if it doubles as a storage chest for those hard-to-keep-track-of items that are used outdoors, but frequently needed at the door.
There can be all sorts of reasons for adding a chair to your normal living room furniture. Let’s suppose you have a nice sectional couch and a coordinated coffee table. An added chair might provide a splash of color if the sectional is a soft beige or brown.
It could be needed because you need one more chair to seat every member of the family. If the sectional is floral, the occasional chair might be a muted color that will help tame down the busy vibe from the print. Or it could just be a chair that you discovered and fell in love with.
A kitchen isn’t as likely to need an accent chair, but there can be exceptions. A tall bar stool that can help the cook rest while watching the food cook could be one example of a good use of a kitchen accent chair. You might also add a chair that contrasts with the current décor.
For example, if you are using a country theme in your kitchen, and most of your furnishings are blue and white checked gingham, then you might have a bright orange folding step-stool that doubles as a seat. That orange step stool can create a focal point for coordinating other splashes of contrasting color.
- Accent Chair in the Bathroom
Surprised? Don’t be. If your bathroom is large enough to have a vanity, then it needs a chair situated so that you can sit down to put on make-up, shave or whatever you need to do while looking in a mirror.
Bathroom accent chairs need to be water-resistant, sturdy, and moderately comfortable. They also need to work with the height of the bathroom vanity.
- Accent Chair in the Bedroom
There are so many ways to use an accent chair in the bedroom! The first use that comes to mind is for putting on shoes and socks, especially if your bed is the wrong height for sitting.
Your accent chair can provide a spot of color in a quiet room. It can be the focal point for creating a cozy nest to read and relax by yourself.
- Comfortable Spot on Your Patio
That’s right, folks. You can have an accent chair on the patio. Just be sure to select one that is made from weather-resistant materials.
Adirondack chairs make great accents, especially if you add a floral seat and back cushion. They can be painted any color you wish so your patio accent chair can be low key or it can have a bright color that really makes it pop.
How Do You Know Which Accent Chair to Purchase?
You can use those old newspaper reporter words: Who, What, When, Where and Why to drive your accent chair purchase.
Who will sit in the chair? Is it for a specific person, will it be for guests? Is it for a child or an adult? When it comes to chairs, size definitely matters. The person most likely to sit in the chair should not have feet that dangle, or knees scrunched up under their chin.
Measure up from the floor to the top of the seat. Measure from the front of the chair to the back. Measure the person from the bottom of the foot to the back of the knee, from back of the knee to the base of the spine. Or just have the person sit in the chair.
What material is best for the chair’s function? Will it need to be easy to clean? Should its paint be lead-free? Will it be outdoors or will it be inside? Do you want people to see it right away or should it blend in?
Front hall, living room, kitchen, dining room, bedroom, bathroom, patio, professional office, school or business lobby, the place you want to put it will affect your choice of chair.
Now that might seem like an odd preposition if you are thinking about chairs, but it applies. Does the chair go with the architectural age of the rest of your furniture? i.e., modern, Victorian, Edwardian, traditional native American, early settler…that’s a when.
The other when is when will you use it? Will you want to relax in the chair in the evening? Will you bring it out for guests? Will it sit beside your pool in summer? When you use a chair counts.
As a rule, one might think that the primary use of a chair is to sit in it. But how will the person who sits in your chair occupy that space? Will he or she sit decorously in one spot?
Or will they wiggle about and turn upside down? Will they be applying several hundred pounds to the seat? Will they sit there while playing a musical instrument? Will they be trying to put a child to sleep? How a chair will be used should affect your choice.
What is the Main Thing the Accent Chair Should Do?
The name says it all. An accent chair will enhance the appearance of your room. It might do it through an eye-popping color that creates a focal point, or it might do it by toning something down so that it doesn’t stand out quite so much.
An accent chair might just be providing a place to sit or it might fill up a space that just looks bare. There are so many different ways and places to put an accent chair, that each one is an individual choice. Best of all, they are so much fun to shop for, to select and to enjoy.