What is an Accent Chair Used for?

An accent chair is a single-person seat that draws the eye. Used as a decoration rather than a regular seat, they can be instrumental in tying together the look of a space.

At Art Leon, we provide a diverse range of the finest contemporary accent chairs to suit any space. Whether you’re looking to bring a pop of colour into your living room or add a futuristic edge to your office, our collection has something for everyone. Explore just how an accent chair can be used to improve your space.

Aesthetics, Art, Function: what is an accent chair used for?

An accent chair has many purposes and considering your needs can be a challenge when designing a new space. Typically, these single-person seats are used less like a piece of furniture and more like a piece of art. They are small and portable but still offer comfort for the occasional user in living rooms, bedrooms, offices, and more.

In neutral or dark spaces, the right accent chair can provide a much-needed focal point - drawing the eye with bright cushioning or unique material and fixings. For example, in a room where the majority of furniture is wooden, an accent chair with a stainless steel framing can create a satisfying contrast in colour and texture - introducing industrial design motifs onto a natural palette.

Plus, as the stand-out piece, living room accent chairs can be used to draw attention away from other areas.

This can be particularly useful where technology, like TVs and consoles, struggles to blend with a room’s aesthetic. A bright yellow tone, like our Pyramid Swivel Accent Chair with Beech Wood Legs, is perfect for this as it can contrast brilliantly against the black and white of modern living room devices. Giving the sense of a more cohesive style.

For maximalists, the right accent chair can reinforce your eclectic style, easily integrating into a colourful environment that feels truly one of a kind. Or, a muted tone, like our soft and delicate Velvet Accent Chair, can blend with the background while allowing eyes to focus on nearby artwork, plants, and architectural features.

White Accent Chair

Picking the Right Seat: what is the most comfortable accent chair style?

Comfort depends on many factors. The biggest one is the material. Our chairs are made with skin-friendly fabrics and foam padding for maximum comfort. Materials like linen, suede, and leather are frequently used as they provide a comfortable and unique finish. Which material you choose will depend on your aesthetic and needs. No one chair fits all.

However, no matter what chair you pick, we guarantee the best quality and finish. Our range of swivel chairs, which are available in linen and suede, are made with the finest quality materials. Their base is formed of four legs protruding outwards to provide long-term stability. And, they are fitted with foot padding to prevent scuffs and marks on the floor.

For small spaces and office environments, our multifunctional swivel accent chairs have a 360° swivel function, for full access without moving an inch.

Crafted for visual as well as tactile comfort, our range of chairs explore simple, clean, and aesthetic designs that are pleasing to look at. With delicate stitching, our seating options are eye-catching for all the right reasons with statement colours to fit most interior design styles.

Mix, Not Match: why your sofa and chair should not match

An accent chair should be distinct from other large textile furniture like your sofa. If the pattern, material, or colours are too similar between the pieces, the space can end up feeling flat. Instead, you should use your accent chair to introduce a contrasting shade, texture, or interior design style, to balance and bring life to the space.

With this, consider what else in the space is doing that job. Do you have a bold gallery wall or intricate wallpaper? Patterned cushions or a colourful rug? Explore the colours and shapes that have already been introduced into the space as accents and pull inspiration from them to choose your accent chair.

For example, fabric grey sofas are often paired with blue cushions to create a cool colour foundation. For this space, an accent chair can feed into those cool tones, like our Swivel Accent Chair in Off-White, allowing the blue to take centre stage. Or, it can be used to contrast and reinforce the darker tones, like with our Swivel Accent Chair in Royal Blue.

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Blue Accent Chair

Keeping it Clean - how to clean accent chair fabric?

Modern accent chairs come in a range of fabrics, including linen, suede, and leather. And, although your accent chair is not likely to see as much action as other furniture, it will still require regular cleaning. How Can I Clean The Dining Chair Cushions? To maintain the best condition, we recommend following cleaning instructions especially tailored to the chair’s material.

Linen is very durable and can be vacuumed or brushed as part of your weekly cleaning routine. However, should something spill, we recommend that you blot the stain with a clean, slightly dampened cloth to gently ease the stain out. If you have a lighter linen chair, use a light-coloured cloth to avoid any colour transfer.

Suede chairs can be refreshed regularly with a damp cloth. Just wipe down the material to remove any dirt or dust sitting on the surface. Stains will require the use of specialist cleaning products to safely remove marks.

Leather, on the other hand, can be dusted with a dry cloth as part of your regular cleaning routine. To tackle mild stains, we recommend using a damp washcloth and warm soapy water.

Multifunctional seating - can I use an accent chair for a dining chair?

Accent chairs are perfect for when you need that extra bit of seating. Whether hosting a meeting in the office or having an extra guest over for dinner, our chairs are lightweight and easy to transport.

Plus, with the 360° swivel function, our chairs are easy to access without the need to pull them in and out.


Whether you’re designing a new space or looking to breathe new life into your room, an accent chair offers the perfect combination of design, functionality, and comfort.

At Art Leon, our catalogue houses the finest quality products to rejuvenate your space. Small, comfortable and portable, we offer a catalogue of accent and lounge chairs to suit any aesthetic. Pick and choose from a range of materials and leg fittings to find the ideal combination for your space.

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