Must-Learn Ways to Pick the Right Accent Chair

Picking the perfect accent chair can take endless thought and consideration. When you find the right chair, it can define your space, giving your room the kind of personality, function and breath of fresh air that you’ve always wanted, and can even give your guests a glimpse into your inner soul.

The good news is that you don’t have to find that perfect accent chair alone. The team at Furniture.com is obsessed with curating the types of products that will make you feel like a million bucks. Follow these three tips to find the right chair for your space. 

 

1. Pick the right pattern

When the other furniture lacks pizzazz, the best way to spice up your room is by adding a patterned accent chair. The pattern should pull colors from the other furniture, but can bring in additional colors as well. A patterned accent chair can be a stellar focal point for a room or it can simply add a bit of depth. When you use a pattern well it showcases your eye for design, which will impress all of your guests. 

This picture of the Preston accent chair is a prime example of a perfectly picked piece. (Say that five times fast!)

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Notice, the same pattern is used on the chair and the pillows to tie the room together. If you need additional help, check out our earlier post about the Dos and Don'ts of using patterns. 

 

2. Pick the right style

Club chairs, recliners, and wing chairs, oh my! There are many different styles of accent chairs, so make sure you pick one that fits your needs and matches the overall decor of your room. For example, if your room is a modern, sleek design, you wouldn't choose an oversized lounger – it will stick out like a sore thumb. 

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This Perry accent chair fits perfectly with the room. To touch on our earlier point, it isn't an exact pattern match to any of the other furniture, but it pulls the red out of the couch and continues to exemplify the modern, yet contemporary atmosphere.

 

3. Pick the right fabric

The fabric you pick for your chair, like picking the pattern and style, is very important. Suede is a classic choice but may not be the best for a household with kids and pets running rampant. Microfiber looks like suede but doesn't require as much caution. Leather is great if you're looking for a more rugged vibe – it gives a room a natural, organic feeling. At the end of the day, choosing fabric really boils down to what works for you on a daily basis and achieves your vision. 

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This Revere accent chair (paired with the Revere 2 piece sectional) turns this room into a casual but sophisticated space. Imagine suede or linen furniture in the same room – it changes the entire atmosphere!

 

While picking the perfect accent chair can be a daunting task, it doesn’t have to be. Contact the Furniture.com Design Team to help you pick an accent chair today. And check back in soon for more style tips and advice on Pursuit of Home!

Get the Look: Stunning, Modern White Living Room

In our "Get the Look" posts we find styled rooms we love and show you how to recreate the look with products from Furniture.com. We scoped the internet for a gorgeous living room and this modern white living room from decoist.com really caught our eye! You'll see that combining shades of cream, grey, and white can make your living room look incredibly elegant. Here's how you can mix-and-match to recreate the look! 

We will break down each element of the room and show you what similar items we carry.

Our inspiration: 

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Furniture.com products:

The chair:

1. The Hudson Gray

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Understated sophistication and timeless design come together in the Hudson Gray accent chair for a piece that is so effortless in its style, you'll feel like it was a part of your home all along. Shallow button tufting dots the back cushion and the welted edges and boxy silhouette solidify a look that's neat and tidy. 

Color: Pale Gray

 

2. The Walker Cream

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Tread the fine line between modern urban and at-home, cozy living room style with the Walker Cream chair. Bold and inviting, this piece features an ultra-soft, suede-like microfiber fabric that is both supple and durable, perfect for those high-traffic areas that require good looks and well-padded seats. 

Color: Cream

 

3. The Highline Cream

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If your destination is up-to-date décor with a touch of retro vibe, look no further than the Highline Cream chair. Sleek, low track arms, button-tufted back and seat cushions and high tapering legs give this piece a mid-century flavor, and the versatile cream tone of the woven upholstery will easily blend with a range of color schemes. A fun designer fabric on the coordinating toss pillow offers an extra element of stylish pep, for a look that says "you've arrived." 

Color: Cream

 

The sofa:

1. The Trocadero

 

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There's something exciting about the Trocadero sofa, whose inviting style and contemporary look will add energy to any well designed space. Featuring deep seating and a scatter back design, this collection boasts welted track arms and slightly tapered wedge feet for a clean and fashionable aesthetic. One coordinating fabric with a bold circle pattern and a second in rich brown corduroy add to the modern appeal, and the loose, reversible back pillows allow you to customize the look and your seating comfort. 

Color: Cream

 

2. The Emberley

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With the perfect blend of classic and contemporary, the Emberley sofa's cool and casual design will stand the test of time. Overstuffed seat cushions with premium foam cores ensure that the comfort will last as long as the style. The linen-like, sand-colored upholstery is the perfect neutral to showcase your style. 

Color: Sand

 

The cocktail table: 

1. The Hamlin

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Much like the truss is used to bridge together two areas of land, the Hamlin cocktail table bridges both rustic and industrial sensibilities to produce a handsome accent for your living room. The 100% recycled fir timber is rough cut to enhance the organic feel established by the polished bluestone top, and the slatted lower shelf creates a space to stash large books, board games and more. 

Finish: Brown

 

2. The Moselle

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The Moselle cocktail table flows with sleek looks, modern materials and practical convenience. A light, brownish-gray top and offset bottom shelf complement the contemporary chrome base and geometric shape. With the Moselle, you are bringing a light, airy aesthetic and functional design into your living room. 

Finish: Gray/Brown

 

3. The Foxpoint

 

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The Foxpoint cocktail table exudes a modern industrial design in your living room with its distressed black metal base and reclaimed wood plank materials. The bespoke character of this table is reflected by the lumber, with each piece having a singular tone and texture, and by the steel rivets, which provide eye appeal. The X-shaped supports, the distressed bases, and the overall rectangular shape add to the urban chic style. A bottom shelf supplies extra storage and display space. 

Finish: Distressed Tan/Black

 

4. The Arno

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With our Arno cocktail table, you'll enjoy the high-end look of marble while leaving plenty of room in your budget for other decorating! A slab-style top is finished with easy-clean, faux marble, replete with many tonal variations for a natural effect. Presented in a slatted grid design, the lower shelf offers lovely display and storage space. 

Finish: Merlot

 

The ottoman:

1. The Calamar Stone

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The neutral tone of the Calamar Stone ottoman makes it the perfect canvas for mixing and matching with your own décor. For a more energetic look, pair with geometric prints and bring a hint of retro cool to the table. Simple lines, neat tailoring and a plush top cushion combine for an effect that keeps this stone looking polished. 

Color: Sandstone

 

2. The Salina Taupe

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Round out a long day with the simple pleasures of the Salina Taupe sectional collection. The coordinating cocktail ottoman lets you kick up your feet on plush light beige fabric — and you'll relish how easy it is to care for. Modern cylindrical legs and welted trim complete the comfortable living room look. 

Color: Taupe

 

3. The Hudson Gray

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Understated sophistication and timeless design come together in the Hudson Gray ottoman for a piece that is so effortless in its style, you'll feel like it was a part of your home all along. Shallow tufting dots the cushioned top for just a hint of handsome texture, and the plush, overstuffed cushion is just begging for you to put your feet up at the end of a long day. 

Color: Pale Gray

 

4. The Largo White

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Yes, you can have a living room that combines the elegance of leather with your sleek style! The Largo White ottoman exceeds your dreams in that its spacious size is complemented by contemporary accents, making the Largo comfortably chic. This ottoman boasts a tufted cushion, the upscale style of classic white bonded leather and the ability to be arranged with other pieces to create your favorite modular sectional configuration. 

Color: White

We hope this helps you create the modern living room of your dreams! 

- Furniture.com

 

How to Choose the Right Recliner for You

Choosing a recliner isn't as simple as it sounds. There are so many technologies and features to consider when choosing the right recliner for you. Whether you're looking to add a reclining seat to your living room or a recliner set to an in-home theater or media room, choosing the right reclining features is an important decision. We've got some helpful things to consider when choosing the right recliner for you.

Which recliner is right for you?

Fabric vs Leather

One of the first things to think about is whether you'd like a fabric or leather recliner. There are some things to consider when making this decision. Bonded leather tends to be easier to clean than fabric, as you can simply wipe down spills. But fabric can be softer and retain heat much better than a leather feel. Before making your purchase, take a look at the type of fabric and the cleaning instructions. Some fabrics, like microfiber are great for pets and kids and are almost as easy to clean as bonded leather. 

Power Versus Manual

The difference between power and manual is the functionality of the reclining. With a manual recliner, your back moves the chair into the position you'd like. So there is more control in getting to your preferred reclining position. With a power recliner, there are several different positions you can recline into. However, you adjust the recliner using a level on the side or near the foot. Both style chairs allow you to recline easily, but in different ways. 

Cord Length

Every power recliner has a different cord length, and this can help you determine how far it needs to be from an outlet. If you're sofa isn't going up against a wall with an outlet, then the length of the cord (and a power recliner) is something to think about. You'll want to make sure that you can't trip over the cord if it has to be plugged-in across the room. And this may also affect the overall layout of your living room or home theater space. 

Comfort

The more padded a recliner is, the comfier it is. Many recliners offer a padding pillow-like headrest, and some headrests are even adjustable. Other recliners offer up pillow-top arms which are extra padding arms for maximum comfort. 

Cupholders and Storage

A recliner doesn't just have to be for sitting! Many recliners come with arm storage. So if you're looking for a place to store the TV remote or magazine, a recliner with storage might be perfect for you. Other recliners offer cupholders and even light-up cupholders for when you're watching a move in the dark. These types of features are perfect for an in-home theater. 

Positions

Some recliners offer unlimited positions, where as some offer 3-4. Think about how you like to sit when you watch TV or read a book. Do you find yourself moving around frequently, trying to find the right spot? Or, do you stay stationary? Answering this question will help you determine how many positions your chair should have and can help eliminate all the reclining choices out there. 

How to Maximize Seating During the Holidays

With Thanksgiving, football season, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, and other gatherings, you’ll be entertaining a lot more in the coming months. And most likely you’ll have guests gather in the living room to be near the fireplace, the tree, or a holiday movie. And with more entertaining, comes more guests – and a need to maximize seating. Your sectional for six or sofa and loveseat may be more than enough during the year, but now you’re scrambling to find seating for friends and family. We’ve got some tips to make sure everyone has a seat while your living room stays clutter-free.

Cocktail Ottoman

During the holidays, a larger ottoman becomes your best friend. The cocktail ottoman is usually square or rectangular and takes the place of the coffee table. When you need two to three extra seats, you’ll be able to use your ottoman. And, with the addition of a serving tray, you can still use your ottoman for food and drinks. Having an upholstered ottoman in the center of your room also adds coziness and luxury to any room. Like the Diamondback cocktail ottoman shown below. 

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Accent Chair

If you’ve got the space for it, invest in one or two accent chairs. For a larger space, invest in two wing chairs to add a statement of  elegance. For a smaller space, look for one or two slipper chairs in a fun color or fabric to add some pop. We love the sophisticated style of the Diamondback accent chair for some extra seating. 

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Small Ottoman

If you plan on keeping your main coffee table, then look for extra seating in smaller ottomans. These smaller ottomans are great because they tuck under furniture (for example a sofa table or coffee table). And they’ll add a bit more visual detail and color to your living room. Like the Ritz ottoman, which is perfect for someone in a much smaller space.

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Bench

If you’ve got a long or narrow space, a bench is a great way to add a lot of extra seating (usually about three to four per bench!). Like the Avenue bench. And when the holidays are over, you can store your bench somewhere else – like the foot of your bed. It’s a great multi-purpose piece that you can use in any room of the house. And if your bench is high enough, you can use it in the dining room for extra seating. 

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Sources: Domicile Interior Design, Toby Fairly Interior DesignLDA Architecture and Interiors, and CWB Architects.

Talking Tufted Furniture

Tufted furniture – it’s a classic furniture style that has never quite gone away. Tufting happens during the upholstery process when layers of fabric are pulled inward (often with a button) to create the tuft, giving off a “buttoned-up” look. Tufted furniture originated in historic France and England (around the 1300s-1400s) and was one of the ways upper classmen would show off their money as tufting requires more fabric than other upholstery methods. Back then, these fabrics were usually rich velvets or silks but today tufted furniture comes in a variety of different fabrics with bright colors and fun patterns to combine old and new styles. You’ll often find the tufted look on the Chesterfield sofa, Barcelona chair, and classic chaise lounges and ottomans.

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Tufted furniture has the ability to upgrade any room with a more upscale look, for both traditional and contemporary rooms alike. The Brittney ottoman is a more traditional approach to tufting, with a neutral velvet and classic wooden legs. Whereas the Casino IV chair shows how even modern mid-century can be glammed up with bonded leather and metal legs. Almost every design style has its own version of tufted furniture – whether you love shabby chic, modern, and glam.

One of the key benefits to tufted furniture is its longevity. Since this furniture type is tightly upholstered with reinforcement every couple of inches (the tufts), it has less fabric sagging over time. So you can have an elegant look that lasts. We love these tufted rooms!  

Products and images (from left to right): Kim Scodro Interiors with the Montage Ottoman,  Martha O’Hara Interiors with the Classic Accent Chair, J. Scott Interiors with the Marilyn BedNiki Papadopoulos with Casino III Chair, and Distinctive Mantel Designs with the Brittney Ottoman.

4 Chairs to Perfect Your Living Room

An accent chair will help add something unique, colorful, and new to your current living room set. We've pulled together four of our favorite kinds of accent chairs - whether you have a traditional, eclectic, contemporary, or modern living room.

The Chair and a Half

The chair and a half is perfect if you're looking to relax and recline in your living room. It's a bit larger than an armchair but smaller than a loveseat, and they come in styles such as armchair or recliner. Some of them also have an area for storage or a folding twin-size bed. They're perfect for combining storage with comfort and can complete a living room set or live on their own as an accent chair. For example, the Radiance II chair and a half, that comes in purple and gray.

The Wing Chair

The wing chair is a classic piece that continues to stay current, year after year. The chair is known for its regal shape, with heightened arms, similar to the shape of wings. The chair was created to help women stay warm near the fireplace circa 1600 and the wing design originally helped protect from cold drafts. Today the chair works in both a more contemporary setting as well as a more regal, traditional setting and is often found with different options for colors, patterns, and nailhead trim. For example, in a bright blue with silver nailhead trim as seen in the Miata chair.

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The Chaise Lounge

The chaise lounge is a long reclining chair used for relaxing, napping, and lounging. Originating from France hundreds of years ago, it combines the comfort of a bed with the style and elegance of an accent chair. Chaise lounges come in a variety of styles (with or without tufting, one arm, both arms, or armless), colors, and fabrics. And they're versatile. They can work in a more traditional room with a tufted back, to a extremely modern space without arms, like the Brittney Chaise or Maxim Chaise.

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The Slipper Chair

The slipper chair: it's an armless chair that sits low to the ground. Since it's smaller than most accent chairs, the slipper chair will help you make the most of your space. Historically, slipper chairs functioned as extra seating in a dressing room or closet area but they've since made their way into other rooms. Back then, the armless design worked well for ladies in large skirts, dresses, and corsets. Today, the elegant, clean look in bright colors and patterns is perfect to add a pop to any space, like the Paris accent chair. Use two of them as accent chairs with a side table, or use it against a wall near an entryway or foyer. Or, place one in the corner across from a sectional.

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Products (top to bottom): Radiance II Chair and a Half, Miata Accent Chair, Brittney Chaise, and Paris Accent Chair.

A New Year, a New Look for Your Home

As you set your new year’s resolutions for 2013, don’t forget about your home. No matter where you live, 2013 should be the year you turn your space into a home you love! Whether you’re looking to refurnish every room or just want to freshen things up, these expert tips will help you get started:

Take Stock of What You Have

Walk through your home and consider your current furnishings and accessories. Even if you’re planning to buy an entire new set of living room furniture, it doesn’t mean everything in your living room has to go. Perhaps the end tables can find new life as nightstands in your guest room or the overstuffed accent chair would be perfect for creating a reading nook by your bedroom window. Create a list of the pieces you want to continue to use as you do today, those you would like to repurpose and those you want to remove altogether. Then create a list by room of other furnishings you might need. This will be important for prioritizing whether you want to shop for a new sofa or a new bedroom set first.

Rearrange Your Furniture

Sometimes what your home needs is some reorganization to give it the feel of a makeover. For example, your bedroom could be completely transformed by relocating your bed or even placing furnishings on a pleasing angle. This will create an artful look and completely refresh any tired configurations you’ve set up in your home.

Revisit Lighting and Window Treatments

Don’t force your beautiful decor to hide behind bad lighting. Consider how you use each space and then light it appropriately. Play around with different pieces of lighting and bulbs to find the right brightness for each space. A dimmer, for example, could be the perfect upgrade to take your dining room furniture to the next level for entertaining. And while you’re at it, be sure your windows are dressed in a way to accentuate your decor while also letting in or obscuring light as needed.

Consider Color

Color can dramatically change the look of any room. Whether you choose to paint the wall or bring in colorful new accent furniture, you will enjoy instant results. Don’t be afraid to go bold, but experiment slowly if this is something new for you and your home.

Remember: You Can Start Small

Rome wasn’t built in one day and neither will a new look for your home. But if you take it one room and step at a time, perhaps rearranging furniture today and adding a new accent table to your foyer tomorrow, you’ll be living in your dream home before you know it!

10 Tips for Decorating Your Home on a Budget

Nothing turns a space into a home like filling it with items and furnishings you love, assembled in a style that is truly your own. Whether you’re moving into a new home or redecorating the one you already have, this is a very exciting time that can really improve your quality of life. But it’s also a time when your wants may not align with what your wallet can allow.

But don’t worry – you can have a beautiful home without breaking your budget. Our 10 tips cover everything from setting your spending limits to multifuctional pieces to help you get the most for your money. So get started!

Tip #1: Create a budget, either for the entire living space or by individual room. Then make a list of what you have, what you need and what you’d like to upgrade. This will help you to prioritize the project and may shed light on the fact that you could repurpose your nightstand as an end table for the time being.

Tip #2: Brainstorm on how you would like to decorate each room, and then narrow down each space to one or two solid ideas. This way, all of your furniture and accessories can work toward these primary themes for a cohesive look.

Tip #3: You don’t have to furnish your entire home at once. Versatile pieces, such as dining chairs, can float between rooms -- from dining to the home office, to the living room when you’re entertaining guests.

Tip #4: Look for a beautiful bed to be your bedroom’s centerpiece and make the room feel complete. You can add everything else-- dressers, chests and nightstands -- over time. And don’t be afraid to mix and match -- an eclectic mix will make your home cozy and unique.

Tip #5: Think outside the house when it comes to decorative accents. You’ll bring unique style to your home by decorating with garden ornaments, architectural elements and old building parts. They’re often cheap and always distinctive. Check salvage yards and antique stores for great finds.

Tip #6: Use a bookcase in your dining room to store and display china and serving pieces. Later, when you upgrade to a china cabinet or sideboard, you can easily use the bookcase in another area of your home.

Tip #7: Create your own artwork. You can frame anything, from a beautiful leaf to a photo from last year’s wall calendar, and voila, you have art! For inexpensive frames, look in discount stores for framed prints. Remove the back (needle-nose pliers are terrific for pulling out large staples) and replace what was in the frame with your own masterpiece.

Tip #8: Choose a dining room table that will give you choices down the line. For example, choosing a smaller scale table or one with a removable expansion leaf might allow you to use the table in your kitchen or another room should you decide to replace it.

Tip #9: Go ahead and accept hand-me-down furnishings, but only if you really like them. An unwanted dinosaur won’t inspire your imagination the way an empty room can. Don’t be afraid to live with the open space for a while and consider the room you’d really like to create.

Tip #10: Sell furnishings you don’t like or no longer have a need for at a consignment shop or online. Then you can use the money you make for the furniture you really want!