Accent and Occasional Chair Buying Guide

Call it what you will, an accent chair or occasional, having a stunning chair to add flare, fashion or fun to a room is certainly nothing new. It is however more popular now than ever before. Gone are the days of an ancient paisley monstrosity sitting in the corner of Grandma's living room never to be touched. The accent chair is now something to enjoy, to look at, sit on and love. But getting the right chair can be challenging so here is a cheeky little guide to help you on your way to a chair that will bring pleasure for many years to come. 

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Chair Size

While size is not as critical with accent chairs as it is with bar stools for example it is still important to understand what sizes are best suited to the purpose. Having a very large accent chair can actually become a problem for two reasons. The first is that it becomes far too bold and can over run a room and the second is it can be too big to move easily and fit into different rooms. 

There are 4 different measurements used for chairs. The height of the entire chairs, the width, the depth of the seat itself and the height at which the seat begins from the floor. 

Height - Our chairs are all around 80-100 cm high.

Width - Our chairs are all around 50-60 cm wide. 

Depth - Our chairs are all around 50-55 cm deep.

Seat Height - Our chairs are all around 50 cm.

Use and Purpose

Before even thinking about colours and fabrics it is important to first of all think about the chair's use. It is a given that you want a feature piece to add something to a room but will it be used? could it perhaps be moved from room to room on a whim? Or is it to be a critical part of the interior feel of a certain room for the foreseeable future. 

If the chair is going to be in one room and has one purpose then you can be very selective on colour and style. However, choosing a chair that could be flexible and be at home in a number of rooms could be a wise choice. Picking a bold and stylish chair that could allow you to colour pop 2 or 3 different rooms gives you plenty of choice and if it finds a home in one room you can always buy something else for the other locations. 

Fifi Rococco in House of Hackney

As discussed, accent chairs are often used these days so plan ahead in terms of build quality and comfort as you never know how long someone might sit on it. 


Colour is important but it is also a very broad subject. An accent chair should be just that; an accent. By this we mean it should bring some flare and sass to the room and as such can be very bold in colour. Strong bright but high quality finishes will allow you to bring a strong stamp of colour to any room whether you are colour popping or matching. If you are matching then think of the seat and the frame as two different options and match one while being bold with the other. 


As has already been discussed an occasional chair may be occasional but it is likely to be used. Even if not very often if the chair is as good as it should be people will gravitate to it and want to sit in it. It is never good when a chair looks stunning only to feel awful to sit on. So the upholstery is important. All of our chairs are hand upholstered and offer supreme comfort along side all their other more visual qualities. 

Scarlett in Josef Frank


Choosing a fabric is very similar to choosing a colour but consider it more like the personality of the chair. The fabric allows the chair to really take on an identity and become something more than just a seat; and this is the point of the accent chair. Designer fabrics offer unmatched colours but also feel and longevity. While a cheap fabric might look good for a year a fabric of real quality will look good for a lifetime. Complex fabric patterns like many of our Liberty and Matthew Williamson coverings show can really bring a lot to a chair. They may look good when shopping online but they look and feel 100 times better in person. It is this level of quality that brings pleasure to you and anyone who uses the chair. 

Need Help?

A buying guide may be useful but if you would like to discuss your requirements with us personally then please get in touch. We love to discuss colour ways, room design and how our chairs can be a part of your home. We can even make chairs to order with certain colours and fabrics to work along with your interior design plans.