Accent Chairs 101

As well as providing extra seating, accent chairs are a great way to add a new silhouette, style reference, or color to a room. We’ve gathered our favorite styles with tips for how to spot them and there to place them.A

The Club Chair

CLUB CHAIRS

KEY FEATURES: An upholstered, roomy armchair with extra-deep seats, perfect for curling up with a book. As accent chairs go, this one is most likely to be filled with a happy (and perhaps snoozing) occupant.

FREQUENTLY SPOTTED: In pairs making up a cozy nook or as the ideal companion alongside a living room sofa.

MOST LIKELY TO: Have leather upholstery or nail-head trim (or both).

FUN FACT: The club chair’s name often connects it to gentleman’s clubs, but it originated in the chic design studios of France under the name fauteuil confortable. Translation: comfy chair.

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The Slipper Chair

ACCENT CHAIRS

KEY ATTRIBUTES: Armless, upholstered accent chair with a petite silhouette and a seat that’s likely closer to the ground than you’re used to. If space is a scarce resource around your home, a slipper is a great option.

FREQUENTLY SPOTTED: As extra seating next to a coffee table, particularly in small apartments, or prettying up the boudoir as a duo at the end of the bed.

MOST LIKELY TO: Be the seat of choice for anyone who’s petite. The low seat height can make them a somewhat awkward affair for tall people with legs for days.

FUN FACT: It was the 18th-century and the need among ladies for an easy chair to get in and out of when slipping on shoes that landed this accent chair its name.

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The Occasional Chair

OCCASIONAL CHAIR,

KEY ATTRIBUTES: These accents chairs run the gamut in terms of shape and style, but the one common denominator is that they’re lightweight and easy to move when the need, or “occasion,” for more seating arises. Most are armless due to the weight factor.

FREQUENTLY SPOTTED: Anywhere and everywhere, which is the beauty of this type of accent chair.

MOST LIKELY TO: Have an especially eye-catching or shapely design. Because occasional chairs need to function anywhere in the home, they typically bring the entire design “moment” with them wherever they go.

NOTABLE MVP: The Chiavari chair is one you’ve likely sat on during a fancy wedding, but it’s also one of the most widely used occasional chairs thanks to its sinuous silhouette and ultra-lightweight design.

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The Wingback Chair


KEY ATTRIBUTES: An easy-to-spot accent chair thanks to its signature winged sides and typically tall back. The generous size of a wingback makes it an ideal counterpart to a large sofa, since it can give the room a sense of balance in scale.

FREQUENTLY SPOTTED: Perched next to a fireplace. Protecting the inhabitant from drafts and the heat from a roaring fire was the original purpose of the chair’s side wings, and some things, like winter, never change.

OUR FAVORITE UNEXPECTED USE: As end chairs at the head and foot of a dining table. There’s something undeniably thronelike about the stately shaped of wingback chairs, and as dining chairs they give meals added gravitas.

MOST LIKELY TO: Stay put in its designated spot. The size and heft of most wingback chairs means they’re not the easiest to move when there’s a need for extra seating during a party.

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The Bergère

BERGERE

KEY ATTRIBUTES: The regal lines of a bergère are easy to spot thanks to its exposed wooden frame surrounding an upholstered seat and back. The loose seat cushion is what keeps it from feeling overly formal.

FREQUENTLY SPOTTED: Used in pairs opposite a sofa or tucked into the corner of a bedroom with a matching ottoman.

OUR FAVORITE UNEXPECTED USE: Adding an air of elegance to especially contemporary rooms. Their ability to fit in anywhere speaks to the timelessness of these accent chairs.

FUN FACT: Bergères first gained popularity as a part of palace life among 17th-century French nobility, but they’re also part of stateside “palace” life, with a notable number used in the White House.

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Eleanor Slipper Chair, Onyx Toile

Eleanor Slipper Chair, Onyx Toile

Eleanor Slipper Chair, Ivory/Light Blue

Eleanor Slipper Chair, Ivory/Light Blue

Whitman Accent Chair, Natural

Whitman Accent Chair, Natural

Sydney Roll-Arm Accent Chair, Natural

Sydney Roll-Arm Accent Chair, Natural

Zephyr Chair, Gray/Rose Gold

Zephyr Chair, Gray/Rose Gold
$979.88 $2,470.00

Zephyr Chair, White/Rose Gold

Zephyr Chair, White/Rose Gold

Chiara Chandelier, Polished Nickel

Chiara Chandelier, Polished Nickel
DIMENSIONS: 32″Dia x 32″H, $2,175.00 $4,349.00

Myrna Chandelier, Polished Nickel

Myrna Chandelier, Polished Nickel
DIMENSIONS: 33″Dia x 21″H,$1,834.50 $2,299.00

Hackney Large Chandelier, Antiqued Brass

Hackney Large Chandelier, Antiqued Brass
DIMENSIONS: 42.25”Dia x 63″H
FINISH: base, hand-rubbed antiqued brass; shade, white
MADE OF: base, brass; shade, paper, $1,514.50 $1,899.00

Classic Ring Chandelier, Antiqued Brass

Classic Ring Chandelier, Antiqued Brass
DIMENSIONS: 33.25″Dia x 28″H; canopy, 5.5″Dia; shade, 3″ x 6.5″ x 5″
FINISH: fixture, hand-rubbed antiqued brass; shade, white
MADE OF: fixture, brass/steel; shade, natural paper, $1,114.50 $1,399.00

Darlana Large Two-Tiered Ring Chandelier

Darlana Large Two-Tiered Ring Chandelier
DIMENSIONS: 33″H x 40″W; canopy, 6″Dia
FINISH: aged iron
MADE OF: iron, $1,389.50 $1,739.00

Linfort Basket-Form Chandelier, Brass

Linfort Basket-Form Chandelier, Brass
DIMENSIONS: 24”W x 36″H; canopy, 5.75″Dia
FINISH: base, antiqued burnished brass; glass, clear
MADE OF: brass/glass, $3,434.50 $4,299.00

Classic Two-Tier Ring Chandelier, Antiqued Brass

Classic Two-Tier Ring Chandelier, Antiqued Brass
DIMENSIONS: 47″H x 45″W; canopy, 5.5″Dia; shade, 3″ x 6.5″ x 5″
FINISH: fixture, hand-rubbed antiqued brass; shade, off-white
MADE OF: fixture, brass; shade, paper,$1,914.50 $2,399.00

Large Orvieto 10-Light Chandelier, Gild

Large Orvieto 10-Light Chandelier, Gild
DIMENSIONS: 33.5″Dia x 43.75″H
FINISH: gilded iron
MADE OF: brass

Darlana Large Linear Pendant, Aged Iron

Darlana Large Linear Pendant, Aged Iron
DIMENSIONS: 26.5″L x 54″W x 25.5″H; extension, 17″; canopy: 6″ x 26.5″ rectangle
FINISH: aged iron
MADE OF: iron, $1,044.50 $1,309.00

Linear Chandelier, Bronze

Linear Chandelier, Bronze
DIMENSIONS: 5.75″L x 45.25″W x 37.5″H
FINISH: fixture, bronze; shade, white
MADE OF: fixture, bronze; shade, paper

Brompton Sconce

Brompton Sconce
DIMENSIONS26″W x 79″D x 25.5″H, $649.99 $1,017.00

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