Tips For Choosing The Perfect Accent Chair For Your Living Room

Decorating with accent chairs is the perfect way to spice up your living room while serving as a convenient solution for those who need additional seating. It can be overwhelming shopping for accent chairs if you do not know what you're looking for, though, so we asked an expert to share a few tips to help you make the right choice. Bilal Rehman is CEO and Principal Designer of Bilal Rehman Studio and the founder of Bilal Rehman Gallery. "When shopping for an accent chair, I always advise my audience to ensure it complements your existing decor," Rehman shared while speaking exclusively to House Digest.

"Test for comfort and ergonomics, make sure it fits the space without overcrowding, choose durable and stylish materials, and consider how you'll use it — whether daily or occasionally." The interior design expert also shared tips on how to select the right size, style, and color for your accent chair. With this advice in mind, you will have all of the information you need to snag an accent chair that will enhance your living room.

Select the right size accent chair for your room

When done right, accent chairs can really elevate a room. "An accent chair adds extra seating and serves as a focal point, enhancing the room's decor with color, pattern, or unique style," Bilal Rehman said while speaking exclusively to House Digest. Taking into account the size of your space is imperative in order to fully enjoy all of these benefits. You will want to avoid, for example, adding a chair that takes up too much space in your living room. On the other hand, a tiny chair in a large room can also look awkward.

Rehman shared tips on how to determine the accent chair size that is right for you: "A good rule of thumb for choosing the size of an accent chair is to ensure it is proportional to the room's size: in small rooms, choose sleek, small-profile chairs, while in large rooms, opt for larger, bolder chairs, leaving about 18 inches of space around the chair for easy movement." Taking measurements of your living room can help ensure you will be able to leave those 18 inches of empty space open.

Let your living room guide your accent chair selection

To help you choose the right style accent chair, it is also important to take into consideration the decor and color palette of your home and living room. While speaking exclusively to House Digest, Bilal Rehman explained, "When picking an accent chair I always recommend choosing a color that complements or contrasts with the room's palette, using bold patterns for solid-colored rooms and vice versa, matching the chair's style with the room's theme, and prioritizing comfort and usability."

This will ensure that your accent chair does not look out of place in your living room. Do not forget that while furniture can greatly enhance a living area, it can also destroy visual appeal if you are not careful. Avoid accent chairs that will clash with your current space. If you come across an option that you really like but does not necessarily complement your living room, you may want to consider making adjustments. This could include moving decor around, swapping out a rug, or any other small changes that would help the chair mesh better with your space.