These 12 Black Accent Chairs Go With Everything — And Our Style Editor Wants Them All

The little black dress of the home, black accent chairs are effortlessly chic and pair perfectly with everything. Shop this style editor's selection of seats that will never go out of style

Best black accent chairs
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Black is universally recognized as a symbol of class and elegance. A touch can significantly elevate your home, but too much risks a somber, almost funerary appearance. The solution? An accent chair — akin to the little black dress of the home, a black accent chair is an effortlessly chic addition that pairs seamlessly with any decor style.

Regardless of your aesthetic inclination — be it maximalism or minimalism, classic or contemporary — black accent chairs  ‘offer a great sense of refinement or sophistication to a space,’ explains interior stylist Amber Dunford. Whether fully upholstered in black or featuring subtle black details, these chairs command attention and seamlessly complement almost every color palette and furniture silhouette. Functioning as a versatile anchor for any room, black accent chairs are a foolproof choice that never fails to elevate.

If you’re not quite convinced to head over to the dark side, allow the following lineup of black accent chairs to persuade you. From striking sculptural pieces to irresistibly cozy designs, you're bound to discover your most sophisticated seating companion yet.

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Best Black Accent Chairs

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How should I style a black accent chair?

Black accent chairs are arguably the easiest furniture pieces to style, since their versatile hue pairs swimmingly with almost anything. But, if you're aiming to go the extra mile for an ultra-elevated space, Amber shares some expert tips.

‘When styling black chairs, I like to pair them with a color that doesn’t absorb as much light,’ explains the designer. Avoid ‘putting them next to navy or charcoal colors,’ as this can make the space feel heavy and dull. Instead, opt for ‘lighter colors or, even better, prints,’ she suggests. ‘A nice printed pillow or patterned rug can be a great way to break up the visual weight of black upholstery.’

By juxtaposing the depth of your black chair with patterns and lighter hues, you can markedly increase the dimension in your room. And if you're seeking more minimalist furniture options, don't miss our collection of the best boucle 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.