Once you've scored your perfect sofa, mattress and coffee table, you can set your eyes on an accent chair. "Accent chair" isn't a catchall term for a single style of chair, rather it's a chair that acts as a standout piece in the room. They allow a person to add a touch of flair through a single piece of furniture, and they'll probably get more action than your sofa. From a sub-$200 armchair to a $4,000 icon of mid-century modern furniture, these are 20 of the best accent chairs to buy right now.
AllModern Irene Armchair
This streamlined, mid-century modern armchair features a sleek cushiony seat atop a slim metal frame. It's a fairly low-key accent chair, and for under $200, you might be able to cop a couple.
Safavieh Tarley Accent Chair
According to the product description, the chair was inspired by a design hotel in Oslo. We're not entirely sure what that means, but the chair does have some Scandinavian identifiers. The natural elm wood and neutral beige upholstery offer an enticing atmosphere for those who want to get off their feet.
Article Lento Lounge Chair
The juxtaposition of leather and walnut-stained wood frame make this chair look like a much-loved chair that's been around for awhile. It also has a similar color palette to the most-popular colorway of the iconic Eames chair, but at a fraction of the price.
Safavieh Arlette Velvet Accent Chair
It's hard to deck out a room with in velvet without looking tacky, so accent chairs tend to come upholstered in the flashy fabric. The Arlette is a plush and inviting chair, suitable for nearly any room. The touch of gold at the bottom of the legs are also a nice touch to an otherwise affordable chair.
Ferm Living Desert Lounge Chair
The Desert Lounge Chair is marketed as an outdoor chair, but it functions beautifully as an indoor accent piece. Despite being made of recycled plastic bottles, the textile seat feels like a standard fabric material. Plus, the seat is removable and machine washable if you do take this chair outside.
Urban Outfitters Akina Low Lounge Chair
This lounge chair from Urban Outfitters is surprisingly cheap for its design features and materials. The overall structure is made of mango wood with a slubby cotton seat and thick leather back cushion. The weaved backing and seat offer a naturalistic feel like you're lounging at a tropical resort.
Bobby Berk Home Arm Chair
This vintage-looking chair combines Art Deco modernism with Parisian taste. The mossy green seat and brown vegan leather give the chair a woodsy vibe without looking overly masculine.
Revival Rugs Aide-De-Camp Chair
Apparently a rug company knows a lot about making furniture. Ben Hyman, cofounder of Brooklinen, started Revival Rugs as a rug company, and its first furniture collection had us enamored. The brand connected with Turkish designer Gizem Yuce for the design of the Aide-De-Camp Chair, and it improves a classic camp chair through luxury materials. Although the chair can fold away for storage, we don't recommend hiding this beauty.
Edith Velvet Arm Chair
It's hard to pick a single velvet chair from Urban Outfitter's incredible furniture section, but you can't go wrong with the Edith. Its rustic oak wood frame is accompanied by velvet upholstery, and the back cushion looks like it's floating, so it's magical in a couple ways.
Industry West Capo Chair
Industry West wanted to play with traditional Scandinavian design with its Capo Chair. The hexagonal shape of the seat is definitely more unusual than the standard curved design of a swaddle chair, and we're here for it.
Article Regis Lounge Chair
The Regis is all about playing with conflicting ideas. Its dense upper seat contrasts the sleek metal frame, and the industrial-like shape is counter-balanced by the use of velvet. This is one chair that is sure to get a conversation going.
Inside Weather Latte Edgar Lounge Chair
Inside Weather's Usonia collection, made in collaboration with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, is inspired by the architect's most famous works. The Edgar chair, part of the the first drop of Usonia pieces, takes design cues from Fallingwater, and looks like it would fit in perfectly there, too. Plus, the handy storage area under the Edgar is appreciated for those who like to tuck away their reading materials.
CB2 Sculpture Chair
It's a sculpture all right. This chair from CB2 is funky as hell, and we want one in every color. The curved back looks like it provides a lot of support, and its thick, straight legs make it a hefty presence in any room.
The Citizenry Lindu Cane Lounge Chair
Indonesian artisans, who are rattan experts, construct this cocoon-style chair by hand out of the pliable calm and cane. There's ample seating for those who want to tuck in and chug a couple — or a few — Tiki drinks. Despite its beachy look, don't let this chair out into the elements. Patios are a safe bet as long as it's covered.
Saba New York Sedia Arm Chair
These Italian-made chairs offer European sensibilities through thin wire frames and luxuriously colored velvet. While ABC Home considers it a dining chair, these might be a little too out-there for a whole set.
The San Rafael Workshop Safari Chair
Mexico City-based San Rafael Workshop made this safari chair with a haya wood frame and caramel-colored leather. The chair has clean, straight lines accompanied by a slingback seat, which is much like sitting in a hammock. Anyone can acknowledge the simplistic beauty of this chair, especially the way in which the wood and leather complement each other. Grab the accompanying ottoman ($375) for a true lounging experience.
Hay Can Lounge Chair
Hay is all about being playful through its designs and colorways. The Can is made from a tubular steel frame, which is used to support a canvas sling that then supports the oversized cushions. There's a conflicting design aesthetic between the delicate frame and the super-plush cushions, but that makes us what to sit in the Can that much more.
RH Drew Swivel Chair
RH's '60s-style Drew chair is the sort of chair few will see in real life, much less own. Drew is essentially a cube that's been carved out to become a chair. And it's pretty damn cool, especially with that 360-degree swivel action. Though it comes in leather, we say go velvet or go home.
Marcel Breuer's Wassily Chair
The Wassily Chair is often imitated, but none is as good as the original. Most probably lose the tautness in the seat unlike the original, which can stay good-as-new for decades. Regarded as the first chair to be made of bent tubular steel, the Wassily chair will forever be a Holy Grail piece of furniture.
Hans Wegner’s Shell Chair
The Shell Chair riddles the backgrounds of numerous Instagram pictures. It's like the calling card for minimalist-obsessed design-and-streetwear enthusiasts with a penchant for taking mirror pictures. For a three-legged chair, it maintains incredible stability, and the wide curved seat has granted the chair the nickname: smiling chair.