Several concepts from interior and furniture design should be considered when trying to accomplish a certain look or style in a room. Whether you’re trying to pull off a contemporary style in your living room, a traditional style for your bedroom, or any other design of your preference, choosing the right furniture pieces to pull it all together can be an overwhelming process full of seemingly endless choices.
After all, it is quite frequently the attention to the details that gives a room its polished, defining look. To this end, follow these tips to help you choose the perfect accent chair for your living room.
1. Consider your focal point
When you first enter a room, what is the first thing you see? Adjacent to the entryway is the focal point of the room, so it’s important to ensure adequate thought and attention is paid to this space. In a living room, the focal point may be a fireplace, large piece of art, or sectional sofa. Choose an accent chair with its own unique details that also contributes to the beauty and personality of the focal point—a tufted arm chair, for example—which also contributes to the overall atmosphere of the room.
2. Define the room’s purpose
What do you see yourself and your guests doing in your living room? If conversation and entertainment is the goal, consider an accent chair with an ottoman that encourages conversation and engagement. If relaxation is the goal, perhaps choose a wingback arm chair that entraps heat from the fireplace and surrounds its occupant in comfort.
3. Follow a color scheme
As you select furniture and accent pieces, it’s important to follow a color scheme that compliments the purpose of the room and is attractive to you. Remember, you will be in the room more than anyone else, so while it is important to appeal to aesthetics it is equally important to adhere to personal tastes and preferences. A current trend is to follow a neutral color scheme, one with whites, beiges, and subtle pops of brighter colors, or perhaps a gray palette of various shades accentuated by a linen arm chair.
4. Mix and match textures
Complementary textures and colors are ideal, even if they are mixed and matched. For example, add dimension to your room by selecting a modern arm chair with a deep seat and luxe material to complement sofa of a similar color but more durable material. Similarly, add an accent coffee table to break up the monotony of the soft textiles with the presence of wood or metal. This creates an aspect of congeniality that invites conversation and promotes relaxation.
5. Consider transitional pieces
As time passes, your taste and preferences may change slightly. New colors may become attractive to you and new priorities may encourage rearranging or going for a new look altogether. As you choose your furniture, consider choosing a few transitional pieces that stand the test of time, providing relaxation as well as sophistication to always suit your needs.
By adhering to a few simple rules of living room furniture design, you can choose the perfect arm chair that will add the finishing touch to the look of your room and create an inviting space in which to live and entertain.