Sometimes sofas don’t always suffice when it comes to seating. That’s where accent chairs come into play. Whether you’re looking to add a pop of color or simply more seating, accent chairs can make a great addition to any room in your home, including your living room, dining room, or bedroom. So what are you waiting for? Pull up a chair and let’s get this seating breakdown started.
Barrel chairs feature frames constructed to resemble the shape of an old-fashioned nail barrel with one side cut out to allow seating. The back padding of a barrel chair, along with a higher back and arms, creates a cozy seating nook. Generally speaking, barrel chairs tend to be swivel chairs and fit in well with more casual spaces and décor. They can also be a great addition to a seating area or a unique touch at a dining table.
These roomy, upholstered armchairs are typically covered in luxurious leather and work well in pairs, making them the perfect choice to pair in a reading nook, especially considering the extra-deep seats that are a hallmark of club chairs. Given their propensity for pairing up, these accent chairs are also a logical choice to flank a fireplace or sofa. And while it’s assumed that club chairs earned their name from their frequent appearance in gentleman’s clubs, the club chair was originally created and named in France, where it was referred to as the fauteuil confortable, or “comfortable armchair.”
Corner chairs are true to their name and relatively self-explanatory; they were designed in the 18th century to save space by fitting efficiently into a corner. These interesting, antique-inspired accent chairs have a two-sided back with a corner seam in the back center and typically feature a square seat. While corner chairs obviously fit well into a corner, they’re not limited to that usage – try using a corner chair as a desk chair, or pair two corner chairs together with a small accent table in between to create a unique accent chair arrangement.
With its signature curved shape and cocoon-style seating space, the egg chair is impossible to miss. The original Egg chair, which combined form and function, was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 for the Radisson SAS hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark, and is still a hallmark of Danish modern design. Many egg chairs are hanging chairs and well suited for outdoor spaces and living, much like a sturdier version of a hammock. The shape of the chair follows the curve of the human body, allowing its occupant to truly sink into the chair.
What’s better than a bicycle built for two? A chair built for two … or rather, one and a half. An oversized chair, or chair-and-a-half, is decidedly larger than your regular chair but smaller than a loveseat and designed for relaxing. So whether you’re ready to curl up with a good book or a cozy companion, a chair-and-a-half is your perfect match. Ideal in a den, media room, or family basement, these oversized accent chairs are perfect for lounging and can even double as an occasional sleeping space.
Sleek, streamlined, and armless, Parsons chairs were first created in the 1930s in an effort to maintain function and comfort while eliminating excessive ornamentation. Parsons chairs derive their name from the Parsons School of Design in Paris, France. The simple, armless design of the Parsons chair means it’s able to blend in with nearly any room or décor, but Parsons chairs are particularly well suited to dining rooms. Opt for a matched set, or place a pair of Parsons accent chairs at the head and foot of your dining room table to create visual interest.
With an armless, upholstered frame and lower profile, slipper chairs are a space-saving seating choice. These sleek accent chairs also work well in pairs and add a refined feel to any sitting area, thanks to their elegant origins. The slipper chair draws its name from the Victorian era, when well-dressed ladies needed an easy chair to sit on while slipping in and out of their shoes. Nowadays, slipper chairs offer an easy perch thanks to shorter legs that place the seat lower to the ground, making for stress-free seating, regardless of whether its occupant needs to swap shoes or not.
Wingback chairs are easy to identify thanks to their tall backs and signature “wings” on each side. These wings aren’t just stylish, they’re functional as well – they were originally designed to enclose the person sitting in the chair, protecting them from drafts and trapping heat from a fireplace. Wingback chairs are typically larger accent chairs, making them better as stand-alone pieces. Try pairing your wingback chair with an equally substantial sofa or stationing it at the head of a dining table as a statement piece.