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MASTERING THE ACCENT CHAIR

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MASTERING THE ACCENT CHAIR

Lauren Graham

An accent chair is much more than a seat to plant your derriere on, it has the ability to add texture, colour and balance to a room. Whether you want to add a little drama, an extra seating place or throw in some extra personality, an accent chair can do all that and more. Here are the different types of chairs:

1. THE CLUB CHAIR

The club chair is a roomy armchair with extra deep seats that you often find in pairs, think a cosy reading nook in a sunny spot. The club chair is the perfect companion for any couch. 

#FUNFACT: The club chair got its name from its association with gentlemen's clubs. However, this stylish chair originated from the chic studios of France where it was known as a fauteuil confortable - a comfy chair.

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 SAXON SLATE

SAXON SLATE

 SIMPLICITY BOUCLE ATLANTIC

SIMPLICITY BOUCLE ATLANTIC

 SAXON SHALE

SAXON SHALE

2. THE SLIPPER CHAIR

This armless upholstered chair has a petite profile while being quite close to the ground. This is the perfect chair for an apartment or room that is short on space. The slipper chair is extremely versatile and can be used in a number of different ways – whether you need an extra seat at the coffee table, a cute chair in your room or pair it up for a room filler.

#FUNFACT: In the 18th Century and Victorian Era, the slipper chair was used by ladies that needed an easy chair to get in and out of while putting their shoes on.

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 MARDI GRAS FANDANGO RAINFOREST

MARDI GRAS FANDANGO RAINFOREST

 MARDI GRAS MACAW MOJITO

MARDI GRAS MACAW MOJITO

 MARDI GRAS TROPICAL GARDEN RAINFOREST

MARDI GRAS TROPICAL GARDEN RAINFOREST

 

3. THE WINGBACK CHAIR

This may be one of the most popular chairs because of its versatility and size. A wing back chair can be used to break away from the traditional style of a dining  table and be placed at the heads giving it a more modern look.

#FUNFACT: The wing back chair was originally designed to protect you from the drafts and heat of a fireplace. 

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 BRAVO ACCOLADE OCEAN

BRAVO ACCOLADE OCEAN

 SAXON SLATE

SAXON SLATE

 SIMPLICITY LINO TEAL

SIMPLICITY LINO TEAL

 

4. THE BERGERE

The Bergere is easy to spot because of its exposed wooden frame which is surrounded by an upholstered back and seat. The seat on a bergere is loose, which stops this chair from feeling overly formal. A bergere is a versatile addition to any home and can be used in almost any room.

#FUNFACT: The Bergere gained popularity as part of palace life in the 17th Century among the French nobility. 

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 VELOUR STONE

VELOUR STONE

 TUMBLEWEAVE SPINDLE NOUGAT

TUMBLEWEAVE SPINDLE NOUGAT

 COSMOPOLITAN LATTICE PARCHMENT

COSMOPOLITAN LATTICE PARCHMENT

 

5. THE LOUIS

The French don't only influence fashion and food trends, they have been major influencers with chairs too. The Louis chair can be used on its own or as a duo in any part of your house. You can go for bright and patterned or plain and beautiful, but this stunning chair will work with any room.

#FUNFACT: The Louis chair made its appearance around the 18th Century in France during the reign of King Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette. Glamour and opulence were the name of the game and these chairs were found all over the Palace of Versailles. 

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 COSMOPOLITAN TRINITY PARCHMENT

COSMOPOLITAN TRINITY PARCHMENT

 COUNTRY HOUSE ARLEY FLANNEL

COUNTRY HOUSE ARLEY FLANNEL

 CHARTERHOUSE ALBERY LINEN

CHARTERHOUSE ALBERY LINEN

 

6. THE OTTOMAN

The ottoman may just be the most versatile of all chairs while being used to compliment the design of any room. Most people see an ottoman and immediately see it as a footstool, but it can be used as a coffee table, a centrepiece or purely as a decorative piece of furniture in your home. Its uses are endless.

#FUNFACT:  The ottoman has an exotic history and it originates from Europe. The ottoman was known then as a hassock or low seat and was imported from Turkey in the 1700s when the area was part of the Ottoman Empire. The ottoman then became a staple in European salons. 

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 NOMAD GENOA DOVE

NOMAD GENOA DOVE

 NOMAD BERBER COLONIAL

NOMAD BERBER COLONIAL

 NOMAD BERBER WILLOW

NOMAD BERBER WILLOW


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6. THE OTTOMAN

The ottoman may just be the most versatile of all chairs while being used to compliment the design of any room. Most people see an ottoman and immediately see it as a footstool, but it can be used as a coffee table, a centrepiece or purely as a decorative piece of furniture in your home. Its uses are endless.

#FUNFACT:  The ottoman has an exoctic history and it originates from Europe. The ottoman was known then as a hassock or low seat and was imported from Turkey in the 1700s when the area was part of the Ottoman Empire. The otooman then became a staple in European salons.