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Accent Chairs 101: the Style and Function of This Décor Staple

by BrandSource Canada

Accent chairs, like a great piece of art, can finish any room perfectly. They can boldly dominate the room or have a subtle presence as you would like them to have. In order to get to know accent chairs better, let’s have a look at the style and function of this décor staple.

Wingback Chair

Definitely one of the most historically popular and classic accent chairs, the wingback is 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. The wingback chairs are a great choice for office, library, reading room, or even flanking the dining room table.

Lorenzo Wing Back Chair by England

Andrea Wing back Chair by Best Home Furnishings

Andrea Wingback Chair by Best Home Furnishings

Club and Tub Chairs

The club chair is next on the popularity list. This is a fully upholstered chair having solid sides. It usually features low semicircle back with the wings or arms. Club chairs are versatile and fit many rooms, styles, and décor and like any good club, they are usually found in pairs or more.

Bailey Tub Chair by Simmons Upholstery

Bailey Tub Chair by Simmons Upholstery


Slipper Chair

The slipper chair gets its name from the easy effortless way it would help Victorian ladies put on or remove their slippers. Armless, the slipper chair is always upholstered and features short legs allowing it to sit lower to the ground. Just like its namesake, one can slip in and out of this chair with ease making it the ideal accent chair for the bedroom, a dressing room, or any other room of the house short on space. Ravity Slipper Chair by Signature Design

Ravity Slipper Chair by Signature Design

Occasional Chair

The occasional chair is quite literally any portable chair that is used less frequently or a chair that's used for additional seating, usually offering up a small dose of beauty in its armless and light package. Due to its versatile look, an occasional chair it can be used in any room in the house providing extra seating in the living room, dining room, and it could be used as a spare desk chair. Isabelle Occasional Chair by Simmons Upholstery

Isabelle Occasional Chair by Simmons Upholstery

Bergère Chair

This French fauteuil (armchair) might not be easily named, but it is easily spotted and recognized. Distinct for its wooden frame and enclosed upholstered seat and back, this chair is very often used in pairs in the living room or with an ottoman in an office or bedroom.

Irwindale Accent Chair by Signature Design

Irwindale Accent Chair by Signature Design

So you see, an accent chair isn’t just a chair; it can be the critical accent or punctuation mark your room has been looking for. By picking the right accent chair, your room can get more stylish and more functional all in one.

Alex, Your Furniture Expert