The 12 Best Minimalist Accent Chairs Under $500 — our Shopping Editor Says: 'They Look so Expensive!'

I wasn't expecting to find so many amazing minimalist accent chairs at this price point — these are my favorite modern, design-forward styles around

Best minimalist accent chairs under $500, according to a style editor
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There's a notion that accent chairs need to be bold and flashy to make a statement. While we certainly appreciate vibrant colors and ornate designs, let’s not overlook the power of simplicity. As the saying goes, the quietest person in the room is often the smartest, and the same can be said for minimalist accent chairs.

Bare-boned yet undeniably striking, these accent chairs boast a quiet confidence that's hard to resist. And besides their subtle charm, minimalist accent chairs are a practical choice, especially for those of us living in cramped quarters. According to interior designer Artem Kropovinsky,  ‘Minimalist accent chairs are renowned for their simplicity and convenience,’ which ‘makes the home appear spacious.’ As a resident of New York City myself, I couldn't agree more — less visual clutter means more breathing room.

With clean silhouettes, subdued colors, and uncomplicated materials, minimalist accent chairs allow the beauty of design to speak for itself. Discover why we adore minimalist accent chairs and why you'll soon be smitten too with these chic picks.

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Best Minimalist Accent Chairs

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How should I style a minimalist accent chair?

When it comes to styling a minimalist accent chair, less is definitely more. Avoid cluttering the chair with unnecessary throws or pillows, as it detracts from its clean and simple aesthetic.

Designer Artem Kropovinsky advises to ‘opt for simplicity’ with a monochromatic color scheme, such as white, ‘and accompany it with minimal decor,’ like a ‘side table or sleek vase.’ This allows the chair's subtle beauty to shine without overwhelming the space. So, if you think you’re doing too little in terms of styling, you’re probably right on track!

Julia Demer
Style editor

Formerly covering fashion at L’Officiel USA, style maven Julia Demer brings her love of design to Livingetc’s world of interiors. As the title’s Style Editor, Julia's work reflects a sharp eye for detail and an innate passion for aesthetics. Her journey began with a strong foundation in design, honing her craft at renowned establishments like The Row and even establishing her own eponymous fashion brand. Julia’s design background is evident in the way she thoughtfully curates shopping edits, always maintaining a focus on emerging trends while preserving timeless sensibilities. For Julia, fashion and interiors go hand in hand, reflecting her lifelong commitment to perfecting the art of style.