In addition to providing extra seating, an accent chair complements the surrounding decor to help tie together the look of a room. We spent hours researching accent chairs from the top home decor brands, evaluating quality, comfort, and overall value.
Our favorite, the Pottery Barn Comfort Square Arm Slipcovered Chair-And-A-Half, has over 100 fabric upholstery options to choose from and is GREENGUARD Gold certified.
The following are the best accent chairs to add to your living space.
Pottery Barn Comfort Square Arm Slipcovered Chair-And-A-Half
Although the PB Comfort Square Arm Slipcovered Chair-And-A-Half is an investment, we think it's one of the must customizable options on the market, making it our favorite pick out of all the arms chairs in this roundup. Pottery Barn is known for its quality and customization, and this chair is no exception. You can choose everything from the fabric to the type of cushion fill.
Choose from 78 different performance fabrics, which are a worthy investment, if this chair is coming in contact with kids and pets, or opt for one of the 44 regular fabric options. You can also order free swatches, if you can't completely decide on a fabric that will blend with the rest of your decor. A GREENGUARD Gold certification also backs this chair's construction, meaning it was screened for over 10,000 chemicals and VOCs to keep you and your family safe.
Either cushion fill choice—memory foam or down blend—is sure to offer comfort and support where you need it most. Between the classic slipcovered silhouette and spacious seat, which allows you to spread out after an especially long work day, there's not much to dislike about this accent chair. If you can afford this truly customizable option, or are looking to invest in a piece that will last for years to come, the Pottery Barn Chair-And-A-Half is worth it.
Price at time of publish: $1,649-$2,599
Project 62 Esters Wood Armchair
If you're looking for an affordable accent chair that can blend into a mid-century modern aesthetic, we recommend the Esters Wood Chair from Target's Project 62 collection. The wooden frame adds structure to the rounded cushions, which are available in 9 colors. The lacquered frame can easily be dusted with a cloth, but the cushions are spot clean only.
This chair may not be the best pick for you if you're hoping to use the arm rests to hold drinks or a bowl of snacks. It does require assembly, but reviewers say it was simple enough to put together.
Price at time of publish: $300
Article AERI Lounger
Although this chair is technically capable of residing outdoors, we think it'd also be a fun addition to a boho-inspired living room. You can choose between a classic rattan-colored frame with gray cushions or a black rattan frame with white cushions. The aluminum frame and powder-coated steel legs ensure that this chair is weather-ready, but Article does recommend storing it indoors for rainy and cold seasons. The cushions can be machine washed for easy maintenance as well.
We wish this chair was slightly less expensive, given its not the largest accent chair on the market, but we realize that its weather-ready construction design it stand out against other options. Although the color choices are limited, we still love this chair for its boho-esque style and think it's a worthy splurge for any indoor, or outdoor, living space.
Price at time of publish: $649
West Elm Viv Swivel Chair
The Viv Swivel Chair could look cute in the corner of your living room or a child's nursery. This chair has a contemporary barrel silhouette; the timeless design features simple lines and a 360-degree rotating base. The semi-circle back is padded for comfort. The best part is that about two dozen fabrics are available to choose from, including everything from chunky chenille to distressed velvet.
The Viv Chair is 29.5 inches wide and 29.5 inches tall, made of kiln-dried pine, with an engineered wood frame. The cushion is high-resiliency fiber-wrapped foam. You can remove the seat cushion, and the cover even zips off if you need to clean it (closely follow the fabric's care instructions).
Price at time of publish: $699-$1,598
Yongqiang Upholstered Accent Chair
The Yongqiang Upholstered Chair is an affordable accent chair to add to your home. It would fit right in with traditional or even contemporary decor. The chair features a cream-colored cotton fabric with tufted button details and an elegant rolled top; four solid wooden legs support it.
This accent chair is just over 27 inches wide and 32 inches tall, and it has a padded seat that’s comfortable to sit on. The back of the chair has a slightly reclined position that looks comfortable to relax or read in. Add some throw pillows, or give it a footstool for more relaxed lounging to dress it up a bit.
Price at time of publish: $170
Zipcode Design Donham Lounge Chair
If you’re looking for a simple shape, the Donham Lounge Chair is an affordable option. The chair has a boxy minimalistic form with full back and track arms and four tapered wooden legs. It has coil springs and foam in its cushions, and the chair is covered in a polyester blend fabric that's available in three patters.
This chair is on the taller side at 35 inches tall and 28 inches wide, and it can support up to 275 pounds. The edges have detailed stitching for a tailored touch, and you could easily dress up the chair with a vibrant throw pillow or blanket to match the style of your home.
Price at time of publish: $250
Urban Outfitters Floria Velvet Chair
The word “funky” comes to mind when we see the Floria Velvet Chair, but most certainly in a good way! This cool chair has a modern silhouette with three legs, and the frame has interesting folds and curves that immediately catch your eye. Plus, the quirky seat is covered in a velvet fabric that’s available in five colors, including a bold, black-and-white animal print.
The Floria Chair is just over 29 inches wide and 31.5 inches tall, and it’s crafted from metal and wood with foam cushions. In addition to its unique design, the soft velvet of this chair makes it nice and snuggly, despite its highly architectural shape.
Price at time of publish: $649
Pottery Barn Raylan Leather Armchair
For a comfortable, casual accent chair that would fit in with almost any decor style, consider the Raylan Leather Armchair. This high-end piece features a kiln-dried wood frame with a distressed finish and two loose leather cushions. The chair has a low profile for laid-back lounging, and you can choose between two frame finishes and dozens of leather colors to suit your space.
The Raylan Chair is crafted from solid oak, and the cushions are filled with a super-soft-down blend. It stands 32 inches tall and 27.5 inches wide, and the legs have adjustable levelers, so you don't have to worry about wobbling if only half of the legs are on the carpet. The stately appearance of this leather chair would lend itself well to an office or study, but it would look right at home in a living space, as well.
Price at time of publish: $1,499-$1,699
IKEA KOARP Armchair
This armchair has a blocky contemporary appearance, and we love the cool colors it comes in. The KOARP Armchair is both comfortable and practical, featuring a cushy foam seat with a machine-washable cover—ideal for anyone with pets. The piece has a powder-coated steel frame that holds up the high-resilience foam seat, covered in polypropylene fabric.
The chair cover can easily be removed and washed if it ever gets dirty. There's also a hidden storage compartment on the back of the chair where you can stash light reading, like a children's book or an e-reader.
Price at time of publish: $279
Lemieux et Cie Savoie Chair
If you have a small living space, you can still have an accent chair—pick something undersized, such as the Lemieux et Cie Savoie Chair. This customizable piece is 28 inches wide and 39 inches tall, ideal for tucking in a corner. You can choose the ivory boucle fabric or the velvet fabric option available in a variety of colors.
The Lemieux et Cie Savoie Chair has an elegant rounded back and a curved seat for a slipper silhouette and splayed wooden legs support it. Each item is made-to-order, and the understated design would lend a finishing touch to any room of your home.
Price at time of publish: $1,098
If you're looking for a customizable accent chair, we recommend the Pottery Barn Comfort Square Arm Slipcovered Chair-And-A-Half because over 100 fabric finishes are offered. It's certainly a splurge but you can lounge on it assured that it will last you many years. For a more affordable option, check out the Yongqiang Upholstered Accent Chair, which features a curved and tufted seat.
What to Look for in an Accent Chair
Chairs are functional pieces of furniture that are also design objects in their own right. You can find contemporary, vintage, antique, and reproduction accent chairs in a range of styles. Look for accent chairs that have an interesting form that can function as a sculptural element in your room. Whether that means an antique or reproduction Louis XVI armchair, a mid-century modern Eames chair with clean lines and vintage vibes, or a contemporary designer accent chair with a striking form or unexpected material is up to you.
Choose your accent chair based on how you plan to use it in the room. If it’s just eye candy, feel free to choose any style or shape that you want to create an interesting contrast with your existing furnishings. If you are looking for an accent chair that doubles as seating for family gatherings and entertaining, choose a chair that looks good but will be comfortable for guests.
Accent chairs are a great opportunity to add texture to a room by incorporating interesting materials. A sculptural wood chair can add warmth to a contemporary room. Upholstered new, vintage, or antique armchairs are a chance to incorporate an unexpected color, bold patterns, or textured fabrics such as bouclé or faux fur to the mix. Or choose a contemporary designer armchair in a surprising material like cardboard, inflated steel, transparent polypropylene, or eco-friendly cork.
What is the point of an accent chair?
To sit there and look pretty. Accent chairs can also be used as extra seating. Chair lovers use an accent chair (or two) to add texture, a sculptural element, or a dose of color or pattern using upholstery. Adding an eccentric accent chair to an otherwise neutral room adds personality and an element of surprise that will make your room inviting and memorable.
Do accent chairs have to match the sofa?
Absolutely not. The beauty of an accent chair is that it gives you a chance to introduce a different shape, texture, material, or style to a room. Juxtaposing styles like a sleek contemporary Italian sofa with an antique or reproduction Louis XVI armchair will create a conversation between the styles and cause you to pay more attention to how they play against one another than a room decorated in a single style.
Do accent chairs have to be the same height?
Using furniture of varying heights in a room is one of the ways to build a dynamic and livable design. While there are no rules about seat heights, some experts, on the side of caution, suggest that accent chair heights should be within 4 or so inches of the height of other furniture such as a sofa. If you are using a pair of accent chairs opposite a couch, for example, that are in a different style or material than the couch, it’s generally a good idea to use a pair of the same height. Or use two chairs of different styles that are the same height and approximate size so that they make a charmingly mismatched pair without looking awkward.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was written by Camryn Rabideau, a freelance writer who’s an expert on all things home. She’s taken several courses on interior design and furniture, and she has firsthand experience testing sofas, as well as other pieces of decor. Emma Phelps, an updates writer for The Spruce, added additional picks to the roundup for a more inclusive style collection of chair recommendations.