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Style Profiles: Accent Chairs

Discover your style and enhance your room’s identity with a style-specific accent chair. Upholstered chairs make a statement and have the ability to add loads of style to any room. If you are looking to give your living room or bedroom a makeover by introducing some coastal or industrial flair, try working in a chair that reflects your tastes. When done right, your room will pack a subtle punch of style that you’ll love.

Published February 19, 2016 | Share

Coastal life is comfortable, relaxed, and unfussy. Look for chairs in natural fibers and textures like linen and wicker as well as light, weathered woods. Beachy colors such as blues, greens, and whites are common as well as themes reminiscent of the sea like anchors, seashells, and nautical stripes.

Craftsman, or Mission, style is defined by solidly built furniture featuring clean, simple lines. This style highlights the beauty of natural wood grain and the fine craftsmanship of handcrafted furniture. Textiles are also simple with linen, cotton, canvas and leather amongst the most popular.

Farmhouse, or cottage, style marries old-world sensibility with an edge of sophistication that keeps it fresh. Chairs with a slipcovered look as well as floral and plaid patterns align to the comfortable and casual vibe of farmhouse style. Wood finishes tend to have a worn, distressed look implying that each piece has a "story" behind it.

Glam style, also referred to as Hollywood Regency, is reminiscent of old Hollywood and its silver screen starlets. Accent chairs exude flashy elegance in luxurious fabrics such as velvet, satin, and animal print. Tufting and rhinestone accents as well as metallic and glossy finishes round out this flamboyant style.

Global style evokes a well-traveled look that lends itself to an eclectic approach to design. Accent chairs in bold colors with ornate details along with mix and match patterns achieve an equally interesting and exotic style.

Industrial style is all about raw, unfinished pieces making for a worn, interesting aesthetic. This style truly gives meaning to the saying, "one man's trash is another man's treasure," as reclaimed and repurposed pieces along with found objects are paramount in achieving an authentic industrial design. Look for chairs in neutral, unfussy fabrics and leathers with rustic wood or steel frames.

Mid-century modern is perhaps the most famous and widely recognized of all styles. Its popularity dates back to the mid 1940s to 1970 and has seen a resurgence in recent years. MCM's emphasis on function and simplistic design make its iconic furnishings, especially its accent chairs, almost artful in their appeal.

Modern, also referred to as contemporary, furniture pieces feature clean lines and smooth surfaces. Light-colored woods, frosted or clear glass, stainless steel, and chrome are common. Accent chairs in neutral fabrics complemented by bold-colored or geometric-patterned pillows are popular.

Rustic-styled interiors have a sense of history and tend to bring forward thoughts of a warm and cozy cabin. Look for natural upholstery fabrics like leather, wool, and cowhide. Warm color palettes and patterns from basic plaid to Southwestern-inspired prints make for complementary standouts against leathers and woods. Rough edges and imperfections in furniture pieces only add to their rustic charm and connection to the past.

Refined furniture, polished textiles, and reserved colors are staples of this classic and enduring style. Traditional accent chairs tend to be symmetrical and formal with soft edges and conservative colors. Dark leathers and rich wood tones are common along with elegant, patterned fabrics like jacquard, damask, and brocade.

Transitional style marries traditional and contemporary styles to create a classic, timeless design. Furniture lines are simple and sophisticated with straight or round profiles. Neutral colors like tans, creams, and grays dominate in fabrics, keeping the color palette subtle, clean, and polished.

Tropical style evokes the feeling of a permanent vacation in your home. It celebrates natural textures and materials like bamboo, rattan, and jute as well as exotic woods such as teak. Look for chairs with large-scale, bold prints in island motifs, florals, tropical plants and palm trees.