What is an Occasional Chair?

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Not only does an occasional chair provide functionality by providing extra seating, but it also acts as an exclamation point in a room. It ties together a look, or brings it into focus, or just provides an unexpected contrast to shake things up.

What Is an Occasional Chair?

An occasional chair is a chair that is only used occasionally rather than regularly, like a dining chair or lounge chair. Occasional chairs are meant to supplement the rest of a space's seating area without being the go-to seating option.

These are major accomplishments for any piece of furniture.

An occasional chair or accent chair may belong to any style, shape, color, or form. The upholstery on the chair may be patterned, solid, or a combination. It can be textured or smooth, covering a frame completely or leaving the frame uncovered. The chair that you pick depends upon the style you have in a room and whether you want that chair to emphasize that style or provide a sense of contrast.

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    Easton Chair

    A blue and white Easton chair.
    CR Laine

    The Easton chair comes from CR Laine and features fabric with a large scale ikat pattern by Brunschwig and Fils. The crisp blue-and-white colors on this chair are eye-catching, and the pattern is strong enough to create an eye-catching accent in a space that needs a little pick-me-up.

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    Jagger Chair

    A blue Jagger chair.
    CR Laine

    The Jagger chair is very modern in its sensibility with its multi-toned fabric and a metal base that makes it seem like its floating above the ground.

    This chair from CR Laine features their new fabric Artisan Denim, which is a handcrafted linen blend produced in Italy. The fabric is folded and sprayed with different shades of indigo, one of the hottest colors today. The technique creates a one of a kind pattern on the fabric.

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    Arielle Chair

    A tan Arielle chair.

    The Arielle chair is a very traditional looking armchair covered in soft, almost feminine, striped fabric from Drexel-Heritage. Their chairs are customizable, so you can look for a different color or fabric to suit your surroundings. The chair is embellished with nailheads.

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    Side Car Chair

    Leather side car chair.
    Howard Elliott

    The Side Car chair from Howard Elliott is covered in shimmer bronze upholstery. Shimmering or metallic covers for chairs and sofas are among the biggest trends in recent years.

    The soft shimmer of this very simple chair can add a touch of luxury to its surroundings.

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    Sam Moore Euphoria Chair

    Colorful Sam Moore Euphoria chair in a living room near a floor lamp.
    Hooker Furniture

    The Sam Moore Euphoria chair is from Hooker Furniture. Covered in fabric with bright, euphoric colors, this wingback chair can add a bright accent to any room. The marbled pattern on the fabric is also a fashion-forward look today.

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    Newport Chair

    A patterned Newport chair with a brown throw pillow.

    This occasional chair has a very strong, dramatic silhouette. The pattern is equally strong and can make the chair the focal point in any room. The Newport chair is from Henredon.

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    Leather Arm Chair

    A leather arm chair.
    GJ Styles

    Leather just draws attention to itself, and when it is a tufted armchair, then it is an attention-getter.

    This armchair from GJ Styles is an updated traditional style in a very deep, rich brown.

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    Belknap Lounge Chair

    Navy Belknap lounge chair.
    Hickory Chair

    The Belknap chair from Hooker Furniture is an updated version of a chair in the Winterthur Museum that is an early 20th-century leather-covered armchair.

    Some features of the original chair such as the arched back, deep seat, and padded arms were retained while the rest was updated for today's use.

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    Tuxedo Park Chair

    Royal blue tuxedo park chair.
    Mike Talbot

     This dramatic blue chair comes from Mike Talbot's Dana Gibson collection.