Accent Chairs: 5 Rules to Follow - Chairish Blog

We asked lifestyle blogger, Kyla Herbes of House of Hipsters to give us the inside scoop on all things accent chairs and her step by step guide on how she shops vintage for just the right chair. Shop like a boss and take her advice!

Want to add personality, a splash of color, and extra seating to your space without breaking the bank? Try a stylish accent chair! They’re kinda like shoes – you can never have too many and they come in hundreds of styles.


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Whenever I see a new accent chair, I make a beeline for that baby. Yes, I openly admit, I might have a slight chair problem. Right now, Mid-Century Modern loungers paired with rattan decor and sheepskin rugs are my jam. A close second is a good wingback chair. My mother has been hiding two in her basement from me and mark my words, they will be mine. I could fall asleep in one of those bad boys for days.

So how do you know which accent chair is right for you? Let’s lay down some ground rules to follow.


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Rule #1: Check For Comfort


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The number one thing I won’t compromise on is comfort. If the chair ain’t comfy, let’s face it, you’re never going to use it and neither will your guests. This chair shouldn’t be a piece that you leave in the corner. Ask yourself, is this a chair I would curl up in with a good book? Is this a piece that I could handle sitting in for a couple hours while having a cocktail with friends? If you’ve answered yes to either of these, proceed to the next rule.

Rule #2: Steady As She Goes


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The main reason an accent chair lives in a room is to provide extra seating. Your new accent chair is going to be a staple piece so be sure it’s a sturdy one. When buying vintage, a snag in the upholstery or a missing button isn’t uncommon and can be easily repaired. However, a broken leg or a major wobble – well let’s just say no one needs grandma falling on her bum during Thanksgiving. If it’s not fixable, you need to part ways with the chair. Always look for good bones.

Rule #3: Match Your Existing Decor


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It’s one thing to make a great splash with an accent chair, but it’s another to accidentally create an unpleasant bellyflop. I love the look of mixing different decor styles, but be smart about it. The same rule applies to color. It’s fun to experiment, but keep in mind, the chair should complement your existing decor, not overpower it.

Rule #4: Don’t Break the Bank


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Accent chairs are normally quite reasonably priced, but when shopping vintage, I seem to be drawn to that drop dead gorgeous designer piece with a zinger price tag. On Chairish, you are given the option to search by price so you can easily stay within your price range. Also, with thousands of chairs to choose from, a price search will help you find what you’re looking for easier and faster.

Rule #5: Choose the Right Size and Style


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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve purchased a piece of furniture and hauled it through the front door only to discover it’s not the proper size. Heartbreak usually ensues. Map out the area where the accent chair will live and measure not once, not twice, but three times. Also refer back to Rules #1 and #3. With so many types of accent chairs to choose from, you really want to know what style will look best in your home: wingback, tub chair, armless slipper, club chair, chaise lounge, rocking chair… the list goes on. Don’t know what style works best for you?

That comfy, beautiful piece that will complete your room and show off your personality is waiting for you. Add that extra pop of wow and make your room sing today.

For more inspiration and home decorating ideas, visit Kyla at House Of Hipsters


Thanks Kyla!

August 22, 2015

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