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The Accent Chair 

Styling Guide 


Add additional seating or create an eye-catching focal point in a room by adding an accent chair. Follow our guide on how to uplift your room and style this versatile addition to your home decor.

Provide extra seating or create an eye-catching focal point in a room by incorporating an accent chair. 

Follow our guide on how to uplift your room and style this versatile addition to your home decor.

“If your space is lacking a focal point, or feels a little off, consider adding in this mighty piece of furniture.

They effortlessly pull rooms together and good ones are chic and timeless.  From deep, comfy occasional armchairs with plush seating to something more lightweight, you can never have too many chairs. They can add formality or a casual vibe. When you mix opulent and upholstered with sleek, rugged and worn, something amazing happens. AA has accent chairs everywhere, from landings to alcoves.


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What is an accent chair?

An accent chair is a seat that creates an eye-catching focal point and provides an additional seating option. It doesn't need to match the rest of your furniture and can be a swoon worthy design in a contrasting colour or pattern.  So versatile, you can plonk them everywhere and anywhere and they can immediately take your room from drab to fab!  Pop a cute side table next to it and style it up with a fabulous table lamp and some botanicals and, voila,  you've created an enticing nook full of textural layers. 

How an accent chair can transform your space.


1. Provides a focal point within your room

In Abi's interior books and previous masterclasses she would always include a chapter about statement pieces and recommends that every room contains at least three to intrigue and excite the eye. The accent chair is an ideal candidate, especially if it’s oversized and/or made of an exciting material. Just ensure that you repeat that material or colour somewhere else in the room, even if it’s a small accessory or sculpture as this will create a more balanced look and feel to your space

How an accent chair can transform your space.

1. Provides a focal point within your room.

An accent chair can pull together the look and feel of the room through their colour, material and shape. Adding layers of texture and contrasting colour to a room excites the eye and adds depth.  Add cushions and throws to style your accent chair or leave it bare to appreciate the intriguing  pattern and/or shape. 

2. Creates a contrast of style and texture

An accent chair can pull together the look and feel of the room through their colour, material and shape. Adding layers of texture and contrasting colour to a room excites the eye and adds depth.  Add cushions and throws to style your accent chair or leave it bare to appreciate the intriguing  pattern and/or shape. 

3. Adds a pop of colour

Accent chairs are the perfect way to add a pop of unexpected colour to your interior decor. Just ensure that it contrasts with the other colours used in the room but also that you repeat that pop of colour by way of a cushion on your other furniture or an accessory or piece of art that also contains your chosen hue. As you can see in this pic, the colour of the faux fern leaves add balance but the focal point stays mainly on the Olivia Velvet Chair.

3. Adds a pop of colour

Accent chairs are the perfect way to add a pop of unexpected colour to your interior decor.  Just ensure that it contrasts with the other colours used in the room but also that you repeat that pop of colour by way of a cushion on your other furniture or an accessory or piece of art that also contains your chosen hue.  As you can see in this pic, the colour of the faux fern leaves add balance but the focal point stays mainly on the Olivia Velvet Chair.

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How to style an 

accent chair.


1. Create a Cosy Corner

Where you place your accent chair in your room layout needs to also be considered. All furniture placed round the perimeter of the room reads as extremely stuffy and boring. The idea is to create conversational nooks that look welcoming and entice you to nestle in for an afternoon cuppa or an evening read. One of the best ways to get your furniture placement right is to experiment. Don’t get stuck into one layout, shift, reorientate. It will ensure that your accent chair sits beautifully and gets the attention that it commands.

How to style an accent chair.


1. Create a Cosy Corner

Where you place your accent chair in your room layout needs to also be considered.  All furniture placed round the perimeter of the room reads as extremely stuffy and boring. The idea is to create conversational nooks that look welcoming and entice you to nestle in for an afternoon cuppa or an evening read. One of the best ways to get your furniture placement right is to experiment. Don’t get stuck into one layout, shift, reorientate. It will ensure that your accent chair sits beautifully and gets the attention that it commands.

2. Level up your guest room

Ensure your guests feel welcomed and relaxed by adding in some extra seating in the guest room.  When you have family or friends staying, create a magical retreat for them and add in chair that will not only add to the design of the room but create somewhere they feel they can relax and chill  outside of the bed.

3. Don’t shy away from unusual combinations

Always try to think of unusual combinations when it comes to mixing furniture. So for your accent chair think about putting a sweet upholstered footstool or cute side table next to it. Style it up with a lamp and some botanicals to introduce some more textural layers.

3. Don’t shy away from unusual combinations

Always try to think of unusual combinations when it comes to mixing furniture. So for your accent chair think about putting a sweet upholstered footstool or cute side table next to it. Style it up with a lamp and some botanicals to introduce some more textural layers

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