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Accent Chairs 101: How to Choose an Accent Chair

Accent chairs are designed to stand out. They're meant to add something of visual interest to your room. They might tie the whole color scheme together, or they could become the focal point of the space.

Accent chairs are one of our favorite pieces of furniture at Viesso. They can be fun and charming, and shopping for them is always a joy. But how do you choose the best kinds of accent chairs for your living space? How do you decide between a wood accent chair and a black accent chair?

This guide will give you all you need to know so that you can choose the right accent chairs for your living space. Take a look to get started now.

What is an Accent Chair?

An accent chair is a piece of furniture, usually smaller than a sectional or sofa, which is used as a decorative piece. There is no one singular style that defines an accent chair. In fact, the different styles and shapes are what make accent chairs a unique piece of furniture in your space.

Accent chairs can come in a variety of different fabrics, too. Popular choices at the moment include velvet lounge chairs, leather upholstered chairs, and patterned textile chairs. They also commonly sport unique decorative styles, like tufting, nailhead trims, and sometimes even tassels! But have no fear; if you're looking for something more minimalist in your occasional chair, you can find one of those, too.

Different Styles of Accent Chairs

The right accent chair for you will vary depending on your personal style. Fortunately, there are lots of styles to choose from.

Traditional Armchairs

Traditional accent chairs, like the traditional club chairs, are often made with a wooden frame and have intricate carvings. Upholstery is often something like damask, brocade, or velvet.

At Viesso, our style tends to lean more towards the modern, but if you're looking for traditional extra seating with a modern twist, then our Tallinn Chair or our Bonaldo Lounge Chairs could be the perfect option for you.

Contemporary Lounge Chairs

If you're looking for something a little more modern in your additional seating, then a contemporary accent chair is the one to choose. These accent chairs often favor clean lines and minimalist features, and the upholstery is often a solid neutral color scheme.

Accent chairs in our collection that fit this style include the Temi Side Chair, which is an incredibly minimalist white accent chair, and the Miami Lounge Chair.

Industrial Accent Chairs

Industrial chairs are the perfect accent chair for a clean and minimal space. Industrial styles tend to favor materials like metal and leather and are often composed of sharp angles.

Industrial lounge chairs that we offer in our collection include the Andy Easy Chair, which has clean lines and metal legs, and the Kelso Chair, which comes in two color options that would suit industrial decor.

Rustic Lounge Chair Styles

Rustic styles cover an extensive range of accent chairs, including wooden chairs, rocking chairs, and even Adirondack styles. A rustic accent chair will usually be made of wood, may have woven elements, and has natural and sometimes distressed features.

At Viesso, we love natural materials, and an excellent option for a rustic lounge could be our Virkelyst Chair. For a fully wooden accent chair, you could try our Eye Lounge Chair or our Le Roi Chair.

Wingback Accent Chair

A wingback accent chair is an excellent option for a more traditional lounge chair. Known for its 'winged' and tall back, this traditional armchair comes in a variety of styles, including very traditional upholstered chair styles and minimal options.

If you're looking for a minimal and contemporary winged-back chair, our Elk Chair is a brilliant choice.

Slipper Chair

Slipper chair styles are known for having no arms and are a superb choice for contemporary living rooms. We offer a few different armless upholstered chair styles that could work alongside an accent table or alone in small spaces.

Our slipper chair styles include our MLB Easy Armless Chair and our Byron Single Seat Armless Chair.

Boldly Colored or Patterned Chairs

If you're choosing an accent chair that will stand out against a simple coffee table and sofa configuration, then a boldly colored and intricately patterned accent chair could be the right accent chair for you.

Bold patterns can be contrasting or complementary to the surrounding interiors, and we offer some great options in our lounge chair selection.

The X Chair is an excellent choice for a blue accent chair, and if you're looking for a bright green accent chair, then our Patara Spider Chair is a good choice. Both come in other colors, too, so you can find the perfect accent chair for your space.

How to Choose an Accent Chair

So, with all these different accent chair options, how are you supposed to find the right one for your space? Choosing an accent chair is actually simple once you've answered a few questions.

These questions are as follows.

  • What is the purpose of your accent chair? Are you tying colors together, or are you creating a new focal point? If you want to tie colors together in a color scheme, choose a complementary color. If you want a focal point in your room, then an elaborately shaped chair or attractive pattern could be the best choice.
  • How much space do you have? If you've only got a small space, then a large club chair or tub chair might not be the best choice. However, you can find lots of minimal styles that fit into small spaces, too!
  • What material do you want for your lounge chair? This can make a huge difference depending on personal preferences. You might prefer fabric chairs over leather chairs, or you may want a simple wooden chair.
  • Who is going to be sitting on the chair? Is the chair going to be used for additional seating, only used when really necessary, or is it going to be somewhere you choose to sit with a book on the weekend? This can significantly affect the style of chair you choose.


Choosing an accent chair can be difficult if you don't know what it is you want. Our advice is to choose a style and consider what the chair's purpose is. Then, spend some time going through our extensive collection of accent chairs to find the perfect chair for your space!

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