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3 Accent Furniture Tips

Never underestimate the power of accent furniture. Anchor pieces might take up most of the real estate in a room, but extras like accent chairs or decorative chests play an important role. These smaller pieces come together to round out a look, offering the balance and added interest a space needs to feel thoughtful and finished. That's why it's important to choose wisely. Keep these three tips in mind as you pick accent pieces for your space.

1. Think Mix Not Match

Accent pieces might be the supporting characters in your scene, but that doesn't mean they have to echo everything your other furniture is already saying. This is your chance to mix it up. Adding some contrast or unexpected elements gives the overall look that depth and dimension professional designers have a knack for adding.

Have a traditional sofa? Consider a mid-century coffee table. A rustic console table might go well with a farmhouse feel. Glam end tables can add a little something extra to a transitional room. Feel free to go all-out eclectic or follow the 80/20 rule, which encourages choosing one main style (80% of the room) and a supporting style (20% of the room). Many people like elements of several different styles. Accent pieces offer a way to play that up and express your personal taste.

2. Add Style + Function

While it plays an important role in the style of your home, accent furniture is also an opportunity to make a room even more livable. Short on space? Storage chests and ottomans offer a place to stash remotes, throws, and more. Similarly, garden stools provide surface area without the footprint of a large table.

If you opt for a coffee table, choosing one with a lift top means you can use it as a work surface, too. Benches often come with storage or shelves and an accent table with a drawer provides even more space. Things like accent chairs may not have extra perks, but it's still important to think about functionality here. How comfortable is it? And is it built to last? Keep these considerations in mind while you style.

3. Be Bold

Because it's often smaller, accent furniture gives you a chance to be a little braver with your choices. Feel free to break away from the expected. You could add some shine with a mirrored chest or end table. Look for benches with texture. Choose an etagere with interesting lines. Opt for an accent chair in a color that pops. Taking a little more risk with the finishing details will result in a look that's less ordinary.


While they often act as the finishing touches, accents shouldn't be an afterthought. They're an integral part of your overall design. Choose them thoughtfully and they'll elevate your style.

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