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Armchairs and Accent Chairs

An accent chair is a great addition to almost any space; it can complete a living room or dining room set, or serve as the perfect bedroom chair for reading. Whatever its use, you’ll find a wide variety of armchairs and accent chairs for sale on Houzz. While browsing, keep in mind the following advice on style, size and material to help you narrow down your search.

What type of armchair will work best for me?

Consider the room’s current design scheme and what you’ll want to use your furniture piece for when making this decision. Do you want something that can double as a focal point? If so, find something elegant and luxurious looking, like a leather armchair. Do you want to sink into your new seat with a glass of wine at the end of a long day? If relaxation is your main goal, you’ll want a design where comfort is key — think thick cushions, wide armrests, or even an oversized chair. Consider the following types of chairs for your home:

Armchairs: Just like the name says, these feature two arms, and are part of the classic comfy living room ensemble. They come in many styles, but the most common are the soft and inviting oversized chairs that sport substantial armrests. These are perfect for curling up in and getting lost in a good book. Smaller models, like a club or barrel chair, can be a great way to incorporate that same cozy feeling in a slightly more formal way.

Armless Accent Chairs: If you’ve got a tighter space but still want to add a functional accent piece, an armless design should fit the bill. These typically upholstered chairs can provide a more formal look and can also be used in the dining room.

Wingback Chairs: The high sides and back of this style were originally intended to protect the sitter from drafts or help trap in heat from a fireplace (which explains why they’re often pictured near one). This stately design can make an elegant focal point in living rooms today.

Egg Chairs: This iconic style was created by Arne Jacobsen in 1958, and is sure to bring a playful, modern look to your space. With rounded lines that curve inward, this design comfortably envelopes you.

What style, color and materials do I want for my accent chair?

Bedroom and living room chairs can make a big difference in the mood of a room, and it can be fun to create a look around a striking color or interesting pattern on your upholstery. For a traditional beachy look, try using a blue accent chair in your living room. For a more contemporary style, decorate with modern accent chairs in bold patterns and colors. When choosing among different upholstery materials, consider how much maintenance will be needed as well as your home’s natural environment. If you live in a colder place and want a cozy, lasting piece of furniture, a brown leather chair might be the best option. But if you live in a sunnier climate or are worried about stains and damage, perhaps you should look for a piece with a fabric slipcover that can be removed.

Should I pair my living room chair with an ottoman?

Ottomans and footstools are great for kicking back and relaxing, and work well if your armchair falls in line with a more casual, lounging style. Still, even if your space is slightly more formal, a leather chair with an ottoman perched near a fireplace can have its own appeal. You’ll always need to consider space: Will there still be sufficient room for pathways and access to the chair itself? If so, your next step will be to make sure to get the height and width right. To maximize comfort, both pieces should be of similar width, with the footstool being as high as or slightly lower than the seat height. Ideally, you should try to coordinate the pieces by matching color, material or pattern.
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Featured Reviews of Armchairs and Accent Chairs

Drew Club Chair, Gray/Beige Stripe
Armchairs and Accent Chairs
January 23, 2018
Very cute chair!: I loved it so much I bought 2! It is a bit firm to sit on but is comfortable. These are not lazy boys-they're accent chairs. I love the look, they really add to the charm of my beach cottage theme! They arrive completely assembled. I'm very happy with my purchase!
Nikko Faux Leather Wooden Lounge Chair, Black
Armchairs and Accent Chairs
June 7, 2018
Comfy, sleek, and sturdy: We bought the chair and love seat and it’s sooo perfect for our small space! It looks high quality. The chairs have the perfect amount of Cush and slight lean back angle to be comfy. The first was a little tricky to assemble but the second was a breeze once we figured out not to tighten the bolts all the way as you go not until the very end.
Mellon Mid Century Arm Chair, Beige
Armchairs and Accent Chairs
January 14, 2017
Good for living room: I liked the style of the chair. It was not too difficult to put together if your use to putting ikea furniture together. My only critique is that the back is not a solid cushion, but part cushion and part springs. I am placing it in my living room and won't be sitting on it for hours on end so it suits my needs just fine.
Hamilton Natural Fabric Swivel Chair with Loose Cover, Sky Blue
Armchairs and Accent Chairs
December 12, 2017
TUB CHAIRS a bit small: These chairs arrived on time and well packed. They were smaller than I had expected, although I did not pay attention to measurements when ordering. However, they look good for the price and were easy to assemble. I had to steam the skirts after assembling as they were quite wrinkled. I would not consider them top quality, but great for den or child's room. The rotation mechanism works well.
Classic Scroll Arm Linen Fabric Accent Armchair, Light Gray
Armchairs and Accent Chairs
June 4, 2018
Perfect chair: I wanted a chair that I could use in a corner of my bedroom. Love the style, color and size of this chair. I find this is perfect for slipping on shoes or what I had planned to do in this chair to pick up a good book to read. I love everything about this chair!
Montreux Iron Butterfly Chair With Leather Seat, Brown
Armchairs and Accent Chairs
November 1, 2018
Great looking chair: I bought this butterfly chair for my staging business - more for the aesthetics than for comfort. It’s a great chair to look at, but not very comfortable. Easy to assemble & shipped quickly. I recommend it if you want to add something fun & visually appealing to your room!
Boulevard Cafe Metal Lounge Chair, Black
Armchairs and Accent Chairs
September 18, 2018
Gorgeous chairs but overall height is too low: The chairs are gorgeous and easy to put together; however, I'm really disappointed that they sit as low as they do. I knew the measurements ahead of time and was just hoping that in person, they wouldn't actually seem so low. They look kinda awkward when placed near my couch, which isn't bulky or big but just a normal size, and so I had to move the chairs to the other side of my living room so they didn't appear so tiny. The price was great and its not worth the hassle of returning them, so I'll just keep them and maybe move them around to different rooms from time to time. If you are looking for a chair that sits lower to the ground with a clean, simple and modern design, this is perfect. Its just not 100% what I was hoping for, but they are still very pretty chairs.
Zanetta Lounge Chair, Blue
Armchairs and Accent Chairs
November 5, 2018
Gamesroom Accent Chairs: Incredible value for money!! These chairs were the perfect style and pop of color for our clients large games room. They definitely look much more expensive than the price paid. We receive constant compliments about these gorgeous chairs.
Mid-Century Lounge Chair/Ottoman, Genuine Premium Italian Leather, Palisander
Armchairs and Accent Chairs
December 5, 2018
Eames Lounge chair: The chair is beautiful and extremely comfortable. A little hard putting together but the store is extremely fast in responding and helping. It creeks a little, I hope that is just settling but overall so happy with the product and I researched several.
Adaline Wingback Chair, Cream
Armchairs and Accent Chairs
March 9, 2018
Beautiful fabric: The fabric on the chair is very versatile. It changes color based on accent colors in the room, for example, the light and dark blues are both apparent based on accessories of pillow or wall color. The chair was easily assembled. We love this purchase.

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