How to Pick a Good Accent Chair

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How to Pick a Good Accent Chair

Staff Writer · Jul 13, 2010

When picking an accent chair for you apartment, you’ll need to consider the decor. Your choice will be dependent then on the design theme of your apartment. Therefore, picking the right accent chair can tie in the whole look of the decor you’ve selected for your apartment.

A Victorian Chair

If the decor of your apartment revolves around a Victorian theme, then an accent chair in painted wicker might be a good choice. This type of chair will go well with painted wood or pine but don’t include it in a Victorian theme that features many dark woods such as mahogany, walnut or rosewood. With these types of furnishings, it’d be better to choose a nicely carved and ornate chair in the same dark woods. Search flea markets or antique stores for the perfect look.

An Arts-and-Crafts Look

Furniture in the Arts-and-Crafts Style or Mission styling is straightforward yet elegant. The furniture is handcrafted and made of woods such as oak or walnut. Choose a chair that reflects the Mission style’s emphasis on nature and the use of handmade materials. A handcrafted chair made of oak then is ideal for the simple and clean lines that depict the Mission style.

The Minimalist Style

If your apartment tends to favor a minimalist look, then an ultra-modern accent chair might complement the theme. Choose a an armless chair made of natural woods with tan, white or brown leather upholstery or select a chair made of chrome and cushions covered in a bright tint that go well with the primary colors in your apartment. For instance, an orange butterfly chair might enhance a blue and tan color scheme or a red swan chair might go well with a dark green contrast. Choosing a slipper chair in a neutral color can also impact the look.

Adding a Floral Pattern to a Contemporary Look

Include a floral accent chair to a contemporary setting to add a hint of romance. Flowers in floral designs should be larger in size and fewer in quantity for modern fabrics. Use fabrics depicting designs such as lilies, roses or orchids to enhance the look. Pick spring-like colors such as reds, pinks, oranges, blues and greens which typically work well in a neutral modern decor. Or, for a more sophisticated style, add floral combinations in colors such as deep violets with muted greens. Oriental floral motifs also work well for accent chairs in this kind of scheme. Choose arm chairs made with these patterned fabrics and light-colored woods to augment the look.

Traditional Styling

For traditional styling, darker woods typically work best such as rosewood, mahogany or walnut. Select from a Parsons chair with tan leather upholstery or a Georgian styled chair covered with gold and beige stripes. Or include an accent chair constructed with a lighter colored wood such as distressed fruitwood for an antique effect. French arm chairs made with cabriole legs and open scroll arms also lend to the beauty and charm of a traditional look.

Choose an accent chair that defines your decor or the style you want to convey. Include a touch of your personality and you’ll make it an interesting furnishing or conversation piece.

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