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An occasional chair is a top shelf piece and a design object of itself, used for occasions — and some have more of those than others. They can be grand and elegant or deeply funky and sit in hidden corners or central in a big room like sculptures that are forever luring you and your guests into a moment. Ideally, they can be your go-to time-out spot and there can be one in every central as well as surprising spare space. Be decadent and personal with your choices and you’ll become known for your flair for fabulous occasions.
Accent Chairs as the Heart
Plush designs bring special occasions into everyday spaces. Pairs of high designed chairs can tie whole looks together and make decorating as easy as it is chic. Consider colours and lush materials that pop amid neutral décor, which might be retro wood basics or cleanly contemporary whites and greys.
Create Sacred Spaces
One, or one in every room — occasional and accent chairs are designed for me time, dream time, reading time, sacred time. Classic wingbacks and club chairs are the best — they have arms, the sink deep, they support even while leading with style. Let one chair reign in corners and special rooms and accompany with just the right arrangement of accessories from a humble ottoman for your feet, art work that takes you places and a corner table to hold all your downtime comforts.
Embrace Many Occasions
For your wildest rooms and your wildest visions, dedicate a space in the home to colour and diversity, led by your choice of occasional chairs. Bring in 3 to 5 styles that both complement and challenge. Mix a few neutral pieces — greys and whites in many versions are always crisp and classic, from the upholstery to the cushioning — with one or two truly unique thrones for many of life’s moments and your favourite visitors.
Get Modern with Vintage
Vintage decor can be the most elegant when paired with contemporary pieces — try a pair of modern chairs in a space that takes you back. Welcome guests with all the clean, refined and storied feels of the new and the (beautifully designed) old.
Let Thrones Balance Palette
However grand your accent chairs, they may be the balancing element to any colour palette. Pick an ornate occasional chair in a solid or rich tone and keep the palette in line throughout the room. Or for a two-toned décor, go minimal with furniture and accessories and let two soft chairs lead the way, either for a mellow aesthetic throughout or a seesaw of neutral plus one pop.