Types of Accent Chairs

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Types of Accent Chairs
Accent chairs come in all colours, shapes and sizes. (contemporary accent chair image by James Phelps from Fotolia.com)

Accent chairs can make or break a room. The general rule of thumb for accent pieces is less is more; accent chairs should complement the features of a room and serve as an alternate seating. Accent chair styles are as varied as the interiors they adorn--they are available in many materials, colours, sizes and prices.

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Armless Slipper Chairs

The armless slipper chair is high-backed with a relatively wide seat that's often amply upholstered. Low to the ground, the slipper chair is sometimes used near an entrance or in a dressing room as a spot to sit down and change shoes. Upholstered and leather versions of the slipper chair are available; traditional slipper chairs typically have wooden frames, while newer versions are built of plastic or metal.

Occasional Chairs

The occasional chair is lightweight, making it easy to move it as needed from place to place in the home. They work as a solitary accent or in a pair. Adding more than two accent chairs to a room can defeat the chair's primary purpose. The occasional chair's key characteristic is its portability. It's available in many styles, including straight-backed, curved-back, upholstered or without upholstery and in wooden, metal or plastic frames.

Roundabout Chairs

The roundabout, or corner chair, was designed in the 1700s as a way to fit a chair into a room's corner and to make it easier to turn and move to and from the chair. Someone seated in a corner chair at a desk can easily turn to reach for something or stand up. The chair's square seat is turned diagonally so the chair's arms don't block entry or exit; legs are positioned in the front and back of the chair and on each side of the chair rather than in two rows of legs on each side of the chair. Traditional roundabout chairs have wooden frames and often have claw feet.

Tub Chairs

The tub chair has a rounded back that slopes toward the seat. The chair's arms are part of the continuous slope of the chair, rather than being rectangular or set at an angle to the chair's back. Because of this, the chair's arms are higher than those of most other chairs. Leather tub chairs are available in a wide range of colours. Fabric tub chairs are typically less expensive than leather chairs and are available in an array of colours and patterns.

Wingback Chairs

The wingback chair dates to the late 1700s and was designed with an upright back and wings lifting from the arms that meet the chair's back at an angle. This design was implemented in an attempt to protect the chair's occupant from drafts. Many traditional wingback chairs have wooden legs and claw feet. They're upholstered, with varying degrees of plushness, or covered in leather. Wingback chairs can be used alone or as a pair to create an accent to the room's other decor

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