If you are on a quest to plan a living room makeover, adding an accent chair is a great place to start with. In my opinion, if you can mix and match them perfectly, you’ll have a much more interesting and unique space.
So, remember, when placing accent chairs in the living room, they don’t have to match with other furniture pieces.
But still, make sure they fit with your overall room design and style, bringing something different visually to the space and picking the ones that complement each other to help you achieve a cohesive look.
If you have more than one chair, you can use them to create a conversation area. This is usually done by placing two chairs facing each other with a coffee table in the middle – you can use two end tables if you don’t have a coffee table.
Another option is to use your non-matching accent chairs to create a reading nook by simply placing a comfortable chair near a window with a good reading lamp. Then, add a small side table to hold your book and cup of coffee.
You can also use your chairs to create a focal point in the room by choosing an accent chair with an interesting shape or design and then arranging the rest of the furniture around it.
Below in this article, I will discuss a few more exciting ideas revolving around mixing, matching, and decorating your living room with accent chairs.
So, be sure to stay with me till the end of the article if you are interested in learning more about it.
Decorating with Accent Chairs
An accent chair is both a stylish and functional piece of furniture that can provide comfortable seating while also enhancing the look of a room with its unique style.
Here are some tips for you to decorate your living room with a set of accent chairs:
1- The Type
The type of accent chair refers to the chair’s basic design, which includes aspects like its legs’ look as well as the seat and back that’s upholstered in a different fabric than the rest of the furniture set.
Some of the most popular ones include armchairs, slipper chairs, barrel chairs, wingback chairs, parsons chairs, chesterfield chairs, lounge chairs, and Papasan chairs.
You could choose between the different types of chairs depending on your needs, preferences, and the design of the room you want to put them in – whether vintage or modern.
2- Do Not Overstuff
When choosing and placing the accent chair, remember that you don’t want to overstuff your living room.
You should have enough space to move around freely, and the chairs shouldn’t be so big that they block the flow of traffic.
A renewal rule to make your living room look spacious – ensure there are at least 15 inches of space between the pieces of furniture.
3- Mix and Match the Styles
In general, you don’t have to get accent chairs that match your couches or sofas, but they should go well with the colors and overall design.
While planning, the good thing is you’re not limited to just one style. Just keep in mind the theme of your room to maintain a coordinated look throughout.
For instance, some people might prefer a Nordic home look, while others like something more hippie. Many other possibilities for choosing accent chairs also include coastal, farmhouse, country, rustic, iconic mid-century, ultra-modern, and more.
4- Selecting the Chair Colors
The same goes for mixing and matching styles with different colors – as long it looks good together.
You could buy white or cream accent chairs to go with a yellow couch, which works pretty well because of the light color contrast.
White with dark blue or black also looks good. But if you want to make a small alluring style room look bigger, go for light colors because they help brighten up a space.
Here are a few more ideas to choose the right accent chair color based on your home decor…
- Pair a white accent chair with a blue sofa for a nice contrast.
- Add an emerald green, mustard yellow, or blush pink accent chair to your living room if you have a blue couch.
- For an elegant look, pair a blue accent chair with a brown leather sofa.
- Or, for something more daring, try bright mustard yellow instead. If you want something more subtle, go for green or gray.
- Black, white, and gray are colors that always look good with red furniture. If you want to create a bold, modern aesthetic in your home, pair a red sofa with an accent chair in one of these colors.
- Bright (or dull) colored accent chairs like mustard yellow or vibrant blue compliments a gray sofa.
- You can also find an accent in a neutral tone like cream, ivory, or beige with a gray sofa if you want something more postponed and inconspicuous.
Above all, beige is a warm, inviting color that goes great with classic colors like white or sage green.
These colors will complement the beige of your sofa to create a welcoming, organic look in your home.
5- Select the Right Size and Fabric
Let’s face it – picking the right accent chairs can be tricky – they may look bigger or smaller at different times.
To ensure you get a perfect size, make sure to measure the area where the chair will go before making your purchase.
The amount of foot traffic your room will receive, whether the accent chair is for formal or informal seating, and how many furniture pieces are already in the room are all factors that should also be considered.
You should also take note of the fabric; for example, velvet and leather are considered warm fabrics, while something like cotton is cooler.
If you accidentally bought a cool accent chair for a warmer space, try adding warmth with a wool ball or blanket.
6- Add Extra Seating with an Ottoman
If you want to add even more seating to your room without buying another chair, consider purchasing an ottoman.
Ottomans are great because they can double as a footrest or coffee table and come in many different styles to match any room. You can also put one in between your two accent chairs to create a cohesive look.
The best part is they are relatively inexpensive, so you can easily find one that fits your living room makeover budget.
7- Use Throw Pillows for Comfort and Style
Want to add some extra comfort factor to your accent chairs – consider adding throw pillows that come in many colors and patterns.
Although not always necessary, many people choose to use throw pillows on accent chairs for both decorative and functional purposes based on their home’s theme.
For instance – if you have chosen a glam theme for your room, adding sequined or satin cushions to your velvet or leather accent chairs will give them an elegant look and complete the overall atmosphere.
For a specific theme to decorate your home, you could even use geometrically shaped pillows like round or square on the chairs.
Where to Place Accent Chairs in a Living Room?
Unlike bedroom accent chairs, often grouped around a table or placed in the corner of the bedroom, living room accent chairs are often placed in pairs.
When placing your chairs, you can have these ideas in mind:
a) Place it Beside a Bookcase
Place a bookshelf beside the chair and fill it with your favorite reads so they are within easy reach. It’s a great way to make a reading nook.
b) Put it Along the Fireplace’s Side
Placing two accent chairs around your fireplace (rather than one large sofa) creates a warm and inviting seat for yourself or your guests.
c) Pairing with an Ottoman or Around the Coffee Table
Place your ottoman in front of your accent chairs and use it as a footrest or coffee table.
Ottomans are also excellent for adding extra seating without adding another chair for creating a conversational area around a coffee table.
This way, when you have guests, everyone can see each other and carry on a conversation.
e) In the Entryway or Foyer, Next to the Window
If you have a large entryway or foyer, placing an accent chair in this space can create a welcoming spot for guests to wait while you’re getting ready.
It’s also a great place to put on your shoes or take a break from carrying groceries inside.
Placing an accent chair next to your window is also an excellent way to enjoy the outside view without leaving your comfortable seat.
How Many Accent Chairs to Have in a Living Room?
Most homeowners prefer having two accent chairs to balance out the look perfectly in their living room.
However, it’s not a thumb rule that needs to be followed. If your living room is big, you could have three accent chairs and a small couch.
Some designers also recommend having at least four or five seats in a living room, including sofas and accent chairs.
The number of accent chairs you need in your open living area many times depends on how many seats are in your dining room.
For example, if there are four chairs in the dining room, go for a couch or two in the living room and two to three accent chairs.
But if you have more than four chairs in your large dining room, and they fit comfortably, leaving some extra area to fill, you can always increase your number of accent chairs.
So, do accent chairs have to match in a living room – what are the end thoughts?
When choosing accent chairs, remember it’s a process you should put some time into to get the perfect look.
While there are no sturdy rules, and you don’t necessarily have to get all the chairs to match each other, they should go together well and provide contrast or visual interest.
Think of them as an accessory that can have different styles blending stylishly while enhancing the overall look of your living room and home.
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