The perfect living room accent chair can really tie a living room together, creating a focal point in a stylish space. From the more sculptural statement pieces to the cozy-looking designs that beckon you to curl up with a good read, it's all about curating a moment, drawing the eye around a living room, or crafting a comfortable corner.
'Living room furniture and chairs not only need to be comfortable for extended periods of sitting and lounging, but they also serve as beautiful statement pieces,' says Emily Brown of Austin-based Emily Lauren Interiors.
5 trending living room chair styles
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Here are the 5 different styles of living room chair to know that will make your space really pop. Plus, I've trawled the best home decor stores to find the most covetable examples.
1. Lounge recliner chairs
A lounge chair is an all-encompassing term for an armless recliner piece, typically paired with an ottoman and designed for relaxing. Marrying comfort with style, they can turn an unloved corner into a cozy space.
Sink into this lazy lounge chair from Overstock, a budget-friendly find and perfect living room addition. Upholstered in a boucle style material, it's perfect for a cozy corner and has the matching ottoman to boot.
With an integrated headrest and beautifully incorporated armrests in wood, this is a comfortable piece that also adds wow-factor to any living room. Available with legs in natural oak or walnut.
2. Barrel chairs
Barrel chairs are a little more upright with a rounded back - the shape is what lends this type of chair its name. Barrel chairs are great for small living rooms in need of a chair in the corner, given they take up so much space. They have quite a simple shape so you can have fun with the upholstery. Here are the the three I currently love most.
The simple and sleek silhouette of this barrel chair is balanced with the playful upholstery, making it a great accent piece.
This barrel chair has a teddy fabric and swivel function. Perfect for a warm minimalist scheme where you want a neutral piece of furniture, with plenty of texture.
3. Wooden armchairs
A classic design with a hint of mid-century, these chairs are typically upholstered with elegant wooden legs. Use these armchairs to indicate that the space is intended to serve as a comfortable corner or seating area, while creating visual interest through color and texture.
I like the distressed oak wood frame of this chair, and the russet-colored velvet upholstery makes it a beautiful piece inspired by nature.
The Reni lounge set has a solid eucalyptus wooden frame paired with an ottoman to create a mid-century inspired relaxation zone in your living room.
4. Swivel chairs
With the perfect swivel chair, you don't want to see too much base and the mechanics of the frame. Ideally, this should be covered by the fabric so you can swivel seamlessly in your seat. They work in a reading corner like with this Ercol design where you might want to take advantage of the movement of the chair to inspect the shelves.
The luxe upholstery give this swivel chair a bit of glam but lots of comfort. I love a rust living room and this chair works to bring a pop of color in soft chenille fabric.
I like the organic, curved shape of this swivel chair and rounded arm rests. A cozy addition that makes a statement. Pair with a reading lamp and set beside a fireplace for a curated finish.
5. Floor seating
If you follow anything interiors related on Pinterest or Instagram, chances are you've come across the Ligne Roset Togo sofa. This mid-century piece has had a bit of a revival in recent years as people look to bring real comfort to the living rooms. It has also given rise to the living room trend for small spaces with more relaxed seating on the floor. Here are three picks that add that relaxing element to your living room.
Sink into the soft surface of the BonBaron chair with its cloud-like shape. Straps thread through button accents on the back to keep the back support upright so you can stay upright but really relax.
These slouchy chairs have really made waves. Working in a modular way, these chairs work by piecing sections together to create a cozy floor chair set-up. They have a 70s feel but cut it in a contemporary scheme too.
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Oonagh is a content editor at Livingetc.com and an expert at spotting the interior trends that are making waves in the design world. Writing a mix of everything and everything from home tours to news, long-form features to design idea pieces on the website, as well as frequently featured in the monthly print magazine, she's the go-to for design advice in the home. Previously, she worked on a London property title, producing long-read interiors features, style pages and conducting interviews with a range of famous faces from the UK interiors scene, from Kit Kemp to Robert Kime. In doing so, she has developed a keen interest in London's historical architecture and the city's distinct tastemakers paving the way in the world of interiors.
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