The 12 Best Small Accent Chairs to Maximize Your Living Space — Chic Seats for Petite Rooms

Like a piece of jewelry in a petite velvet box, it's often the littlest gems that shine the brightest. These small accent chairs prove that good — correction: great — things come in small packages

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When it comes to chairs, bigger doesn’t always equal better. Of course, I love an oversized seat as much as the next person, but if you’re working with limited square footage, sometimes it pays to scale down. Once again proving that good — no, great things come in small packages — enter: small accent chairs.

There is a notion that petite accent chairs are uncomfortable, unusable, or just for show. But, after navigating NYC living for a few years now, I can assure you, they're anything but. Offering just as much (if not more) versatility as their larger counterparts, I don’t refer to small accent chairs as ‘small’; to me, they're just ‘chairs.’

In modest spaces, a small accent chair is 'a strategic way to increase available seating without overcrowding the space,' says designer Ashley Avrea Cathey, founder of Avrea and Company. Even if you do have the luxury of a larger space (jealous!), small accent chairs are wonderful, 'When room occupancy is higher than expected' — like when you're entertaining. At a moment's notice, a small accent chair ‘can be slipped in as additional seating,' says Ashley.

Like a piece of fine jewelry, little things promise tremendous value. Exhibit A: this edit. Whether you’re looking to maximize your space, play with scale, or are simply craving something chic, these 12 diamonds will leave you dazzled.

Emphasizing sleek, minimalistic construction, mid-century accent chairs do wonders for small spaces.

Best Small Accent Chairs

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How should I style a small accent chair?

When it comes to styling a small accent chair, I like to approach it like dressing a petite person. You want the styling to be flattering and well-proportioned — too much bulk or excessive decoration can overwhelm a small frame.

According to Ashley, the first rule of styling a small accent chair is: 'no throw pillows.' Let the chair speak for itself. Use it as an opportunity to ‘introduce textures like velvet and imagery like florals,’ similar to ‘adding a statement piece to an outfit,’ she explains.

Luckily, the designs mentioned above are so eye-catching that you can consider that box checked. And if you’re searching for more conversation starters, take a look at my favorite velvet accent chairs.

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.