An accent chair is pretty high up Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. To be in the market for an accent chair means not only do you have shelter (the place you’re decorating), but you probably intend to stay there for the foreseeable future, and you’ve likely already secured non-accent furniture: sofa, dining table, bed, and so on. With an accent chair, you make a declaration of personal style.
From artsy pieces that nearly qualify as sculpture to cozy reading chairs that aren’t total eyesores, we have searched low and high (well, not that high—everything’s under $600) to find nine capable candidates for the job of accent chair.
Anthropologie, Elowen Chair, $398
Inspired by classic Italian styles, this plush velvet chair has been streamlined with a slim profile for a modern look, finished with polished brass legs and back handle.
Blu Dot, Cat’s Pajamas Lounge Chair, $499
With a bent steel seat and back, this unique lounge chair provides visual interest from all angles. Don’t worry about the cushions sliding around: Hidden magnets keep them securely in place.
One King’s Lane, Winston Chair, $475
A big, cozy armchair with ample room to sink in and curl up, without the eyesore side effects of most big loungers.
Living Spaces, Finn Reed Accent Chair, $270
A midcentury staple that doesn’t fall short on comfort, with high-density foam cushions and a generous 21” seat depth.an
CB2, Viceroy Sapphire Blue Velvet Chair, $379
Combining sapphire blue cotton velvet, stained sheesham wood, and steel with a brushed brass finish, this elegant chair designed by Leonhard Pfeifer brings a lot to a room without taking up much space.
Urban Outfitters, Nora Saddle Chair, $198
A tidy size in a classic material mix makes for a chair well-suited to grow with its owner, from scrappy first apartment onward.
Wayfair, Langley Street Summer Barrel Chair, $124.99
With a sophisticated balance of thick and thin lines, this statement piece functions beyond its duty as a mere seat to serve as an anchor of style in a room.
Beam BK, Sculpture Chair by Kristina Dam Studio, $475
Stripped to just three legs, this piece of “functional sculpture” is ideal for the minimalist with philosophical leanings, unafraid to ask: “What defines a ‘chair,’ anyway?”
Dwell Studio, Willem Chair, $529
Informed by midcentury Scandinavian designs, DwellStudio’s Willem marries a graceful silhouette with sturdy, hardwood construction for an armchair that’s distinct yet versatile.
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