What’s an Accent Chair & Why does Everyone Want Them …

Quite simply and Accent Chair is a single seated chair which is typically more substantial in size and design. The fun part … express yourself – Accent chairs are used in many areas of the home to create décor interest- pizzas and the obvious, additional seating. That’s why they’ve are so popular – they add a new look, feel, extra seating, colour and fun to any room.

Here are some of the more popular style names, defined on Wikipedia.

Club and or Tub ChairClub and or Tub Chair: club chair – a fully upholstered chair having solid sides and a low back and an easy chair having a semicircular back and, with the wings or arms, forming a single upholstered piece.


Slipper ChairSlipper Chair: an armless, upholstered chair with short legs so it sits lower to the ground.


Occasional Chair Occasional Chair: portable chair that is used less frequently or a chair that’s used for additional seating.


Wingback ChairWingback Chair: an easy chair or club chair with “wings” mounted to the back of the chair, typically, but not always, stretching down to the arm rest.


Bergère ChairBergère Chair: an enclosed upholstered French armchair (fauteuil) with an upholstered back and armrests.


Now the fun stuff: what’s your need/want?

Want to spruce up a bay window, an entrance, your bedroom, create a conversation area, a reading nook to cozy up to a good book, or just need more seating for your living room?

What’s your style?

Using the definitions you learned, is there a shape that you’re drawn to: modern, traditional, transitional, high or low back, which ‘feel’s most fitting to you?

What space do you have, do you want one, two or more chairs?

Think, a single, cozy – larger scaled Accent chair with an ottoman or pouf and create a reading or relaxing area for yourself.

Group a few Club/Tub or Slipper chairs with an accent table and you have a conversation area or add another one and create adaptable seating instead of a loveseat.

Your bedroom has a lovely area in front of the window; place a wingback chair, an accent table, a magazine rack and a comfy through – voila, your own little hide-away.

Don’t forget to be adventurous by incorporating colour, style, texture, patterns and accessories. Here are a few examples to inspire you …


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