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While an accent chair can be used in any room in your home (even in a bathroom next to a freestanding tub), there are few functional uses for this piece. Yes, extra seating is always useful when entertaining, for example, but the main job of any featured chair is to look good.
Accent chairs are an interior designer’s favorite and are great for adding some design interest to a space, filling awkward or unwelcome corners, and introducing color and pattern in a way that’s not intimidating. And, unlike larger investments like a sofa or bed, when choosing an accent chair, you can afford to expand a little from your design comfort zone.
Here’s Swyft’s interior designer and creative lead, Kelly Collins, with her tips on how to get the most out of an accent chair and explains exactly what to embrace and what to avoid…
know its purpose
Before buying, Kelly recommends figuring out what your accent chair is going to be for – using it for upholstery only means you can give up a certain level of comfort and instead prioritize color and shape.
“It may feel obvious, but it’s often emphasized that a chair can be purely decorative, or when placed in the bedroom, become extra storage, or lay out clothes in the morning. So decide on your function and let it dictate where it sits in yours home,” Kelly said.
“If it’s for further seating and socializing, make it an attractive place instead of being banished to an unfriendly corner. But if it’s just for show, find one that makes your interior The best place to get popular.”
don’t change your style is for an accent
“‘Accent’ is the key word here – a coloured armchair must be used to highlight and elevate your current theme and must not dominate your design. If you are struggling to decide on a design theme, before you invest in an accent chair, Make it your focus, or you’ll find yourself in a noisy, chaotic space,” says Kelly.
“If your furniture is boho or neutral, consider adding a natural rattan chair to the space to keep in line with the theme. If you like a sleek, minimalist vibe, choose one with a clean interior lining and detailed structured seating.”
Be sure to know your color palette
“Believe it or not, there are right and wrong ‘conflicts’. Some paired colors that are not necessarily what we envisioned could complement each other perfectly, while others could become mismatched,” Kelly said.
“First, look at the room and decide what its overall tone is. Is it full of blue tones? Or warm tones? From here, you can start building an idea of what the best clashing tones are to bring into the space. Use the color wheel to determine the best combination for your design.”
Don’t go overboard with the pattern
It is important to emphasize that the chair complements rather than overpowers the space. “Going for the boldest patterned feel is the easiest way to make one’s style quirky and original, but that often gets too much for a room,” says Kelly. “Consider using a bold block color for your accent chair. A strong color palette will catch the eye without being overpowering. However, if the pattern is more appropriate for your suit, consider something that supports rather than undermines the theme— Such as soft, sporadic polka dots or light-colored flowers.
Like a poorly chosen color combination, awkward or unnatural positioning can make accent chairs stand out for all the wrong reasons.
“If an accent piece feels like it was accidentally put into the space, the whole room is thrown away and it doesn’t feel cohesive,” says Kelly. “Instead, experiment with an object of similar size, moving it around the space to test the appearance and continuity. Mark it out, or leave it in the space for a while to see how it feels. Get used to the new one even before you Room makeup will give you confidence before you buy.”
do not Log out matching colors
“Usually when we think of accent features in our home, our minds immediately draw contrasts. Blues and oranges, pinks and greens — but sometimes, a matching color palette can be the highlight, too,” says Kelly. “Especially if you love quirky colored interiors, choosing a key hue to match can also make bright shades pop. By coordinating colors, this can make it the dominant color in the room, by creating a theme that elevates the space.”
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