Adding an accent chair to a space does not only add additional seating but also provides the necessary style reference for the entire room. There are many considerations to think about when choosing an accent chair. Apart from the style, you also need to ensure that you are selecting the right material, dimension, and size that will fit your lifestyle. As a guide to choosing an accent chair for the intended space, you can begin by asking yourself the following essential questions.
What is the practical purpose of the accent chair?
Do you intend to use the chair sparingly, or will it provide primary seating space for the room? How often the chair will be used will matter in choosing the type of material and the design. Are you looking for a lounge chair for the corner of a room where you can comfortably sit and read a book? Is the accent piece only intended to add colour to the room and will be seldom used?
Where do you intend to put the chair?
If you are eyeing a piece from a collection of iconic chairs that you want to become the focal point of a room, think about its function and comfort level. Accent chairs that will serve as additional seating for a dining area need to be comfortable and match the size of the table. Accent chairs to match a living room sofa need not match perfectly but must add to the cohesiveness of the interior design.
What size fits the space?
The place where you put the accent chair will also affect your decision on the right size. The scale and dimension of the accent chair need to fit with existing furniture in a room. An oversized plush accent chair does not make sense if the room is small and cramped. Accent pieces should not overpower other furniture in the room that is meant to be the focal point. Design elements such as the chair material, texture, and colour will also help in finding the right piece.
What type of material fits your lifestyle?
Your lifestyle is also a consideration when buying any furniture. If you have pets or small children, for example, you need to choose a material that is resistant to staining. Genuine leather is always an excellent option because it is durable and will stand the test of time. If you prefer a more modern style, there are chairs made of plastic and metal which you can easily clean and maintain. For upholstered chairs, consider how well it will age and whether you can commit to regular cleaning.
How will the accent chair tie the room together?
Accent chairs provide the opportunity to complete the look of a room, and at the same have a practical purpose. A chair with a contrasting colour can make a room look lively, while one that complements existing furniture pieces will add depth to the space. No matter the reason for choosing an accent chair, always keep basic design principles in mind, and you will never go wrong.