Accent chairs can make or break the decor of a room! Choosing the perfect chair can add a layer of interest and style and a fresh look but choosing one that is not right can stick out like a sore thumb! I’ve been looking for an accent chair that works for my family room for quite awhile and have asked myself some important question to get this chair decision right. I did find my perfect chair and I want to help you find yours too!
Here’s some important questions to ask yourself when trying to choose the perfect accent chair…
THINK ABOUT USE
How will you use an accent chair? Will it get lots of use, will it primarily be decorative, will you read in it or watch tv? If your chair will get lots of use make sure it has a sturdy construction and fabric that will hold up to wear. If it’s mostly decorative design and style may be considered over construction. Saying that, a chair must be sturdy enough to sit in! But you already knew that I’m sure.
I needed extra seating in my family room. And wanted to tuck a small chair between the hutch and the french doors. I have been looking for quite awhile and found the Alcott chair from Birch Lane. It’s petite, well made, gracefully styled and an excellent price!
THINK ABOUT STYLE
Do you want a club chair, or a wingback? A trendy chair or a traditional one? What style will work with the decor you already have? Or do you want to bring a little fresh new look in your room? Do you want a patterned chair, a solid color or a just-now graphic design? It’s important to know what style will fit into your room.
I wanted a solid chair that had some great detailing to make it interesting. I love love love the nail heads on the Alcott chair! I also like the rolled arms, and the straight exposed legs.
THINK ABOUT COMFORT
You will need to answer just one question when we are talking comfort… IS IT COMFORTABLE?
“Pretty” is important but comfort, when it comes to chairs you will actually use, trumps pretty EVERY TIME! No one want to sit in an uncomfortable chair!
The Alcott chair is amazingly comfortable. It has a deep seat for being a smallish chair. It sorta wraps its arms around you! This is a great chair to read in!
THINK ABOUT SCALE
Does the chair you are considering look like it “fits” into the room? Is is too big, too small or perfect! If it’s not a perfect fit for the rest of the room… walk away! Scale is as important as style and comfort!
Although this chair is on the small side, it works with the rest of my room. It has a much bigger presence than the space it takes up.
THINK ABOUT PLACEMENT
Do you have enough space in your room for an accent chair? Make sure you have enough space for another chair. You don’t want your room to look too crowded. If you really need extra seating try rearranging your furniture to make room for an small accent chair.
I had a small dining room type chair in the family room and replaced it with this pretty chair! The nook I put my new chair in got a big upscale!
THINK ABOUT EXISTING FURNISHINGS IN THE ROOM
Does a chair you are considering work with the rest of the furniture in your room? Does the chair look like it belongs or does it look like it is just “visiting”? An accent chair needs to add not only seating but design and style to a room. If it doesn’t, pass it up!
I needed a neutral, not white, not patterned, smallish accent chair for my family room. One that was not boring or too loud. I wanted it to bring a layer of style and interest to my family room without “sticking out” or feeling out of place.
THINK ABOUT WHAT TO ADD TO THE CHAIR
Will the accent chair you are considering stand alone? Can you add a pillow or throw? Will you be adding a side table and/or a lamp? How about a pole lamp? Will you add art above the chair? Do you need a basket on the floor for books, magazines or other things? Assess the extras you add to the chair by looking at the room as a whole.
This is my favorite part of decorating. I love to embellish almost anything! This chair and my family room could handle a pretty pillow and throw.
The Marguerite pillow and Ayla throw are also from Birch Lane. They work wonderfully with the Alcott chair and the rest of the room by bringing a little soft golds and grays to freshen up the room. The gold color works with the burlap lampshades and a couple other pillows in my family room. And the touch of gray is so on trend! My whole room benefited from a little soft, updated color.
I also added a small black mirrored table and a lamp next to the chair. The table is a great match in size and scale. But the lamp is quite big. Because it is glass the chair and table can handle its size. And the lampshade color accents the chair and pillow.
This nook in my family room has become my favorite place to read and go though decorating books… my favorite pastime!
I hope this has helped you and given you lots of questions to ask yourself so you can find the perfect accent chair!
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