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The Occasional Chair: One for Every Room in the House!

In a setting, certain pieces of furniture have more impact than others… It could be for example a huge built-in bookcase, an antique dresser, an inviting sofa… This is often also the case for an occasional armchair. Even more than any other item in a room, these allow you to express a more vibrant style, add color and even a touch of whimsy.

A function for every room

Of course, at the base, an armchair is made for sitting. But depending on the room it is in, the accent chair will not have quite the same use.

In the living room, it will help create different areas for conversation or watching TV.  In a master bedroom, he will tend to anchor a quiet corner to read or to put the final touch to his clothing. In a baby’s or child’s room, the armchair will rather be used for rocking, reading stories, singing songs before bedtime… It should be large enough to accommodate everyone! In an office, it will be able to receive customers with more panache than a simple chair. In a dining room, it can be brought to the table as needed to accommodate the visit.

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How to choose an accent chair

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There are different considerations in choosing this type of furniture.

Room and functionality

An armchair that will go in front of the TV in the living room will probably serve a lot more than one placed in a hallway or hallway, which will have a more decorative function and will rather serve as a temporary coat or bag. Therefore, the practical side and especially the level of comfort will become much more important in the first case than in the second.

Think about the frequency of use of the chair in question, but also the duration of use! For an occasional chair in which you want to watch a movie or read all afternoon, comfort is essential.

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Do you have a lot of space or do you want to create a corner in a cramped place? There are some very nice chairs for both situations, but you just have to keep it in mind!

The inhabitants of the house

If there are young children and/or pets, the accent chair would benefit from being very strong and covered with a material that is both easy to maintain and durable.

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The existing furniture

Ideally, the occasional chair should match the other furniture in the room … This does not mean, however, that it should be part of a set! On the contrary, this type of armchair should act as a centerpiece and stand out from the rest of the furniture. But it should still have a reminder of the rest of the room, whether in color, style, upholstery, etc.

The style

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There are as many accent chairs as there are styles! They can be more or less imposing, being able to integrate into different types of space. Some are similar to chairs with backs but better cushioned (perfect for the dining room), some are made for curling up or even lying down (particularly suitable for the living room) …

Different styles can be combined in a decor, whether it is vintage, classic, more contemporary or very trendy.

It has a soft spot for classic extra chairs, which pay tribute to the great designers and architects of the 20th century, but with a touch refreshed. We can think, for example, of the Barcelona armchairs, or even Elliot from Mobilia, which respectively reinterpret the emblematic works of Mies van der Rohe and the couple Charles and Ray Eames.

Another strong trend in 2018: furniture covered with velvet. We can make this fabric your own thanks to the Bodine armchair, perfect for a classic decor since it evokes the richness of an English library, at the Scarlet, which would fit perfectly into a bedroom evoking the coocooning, or at the Saffron, which imposes by its professional look which would suit a company president …

People who want to put originality above all else will not be left out this year! There are so many beautiful accent chairs that set the tone for a room and reflect on the creativity of its inhabitants! We could think of the Effie, which would make a superb area divider in the living room, while moving easily to the terrace during the summer, thanks to its wheels! Another unique piece: the Wawil, with its delicate (but very solid!) “Bird cage” structure.

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