Make a statement with accent chairs


Accent chairs are more than just functional furniture – they’re an opportunity to inject brighter, deeper, more adventurous colours, styles and patterns into your home.

Less is more

According to Early Settler’s furniture buyer Monica Porter, “less is definitely more” when it comes to choosing a statement chair. A single chair with an accent colour or eye-catching style is all that’s needed to punctuate a room and make a design statement. 

On trend

Key furniture looks for spring and summer continue to reference the modernist age of the 20th Century with velvet and tweed on trend. 

“For dining chairs, accent styles that look to the past for inspiration – like the Bentwood and upholstered curve styles – are proving very popular,” Monica says.

Optimal placement for added drama

Where do you need a little drama in your house?  What is that room’s focal point?  Your answer to these questions will help guide you to choose the most suitable piece. 

A wingback chair can draw attention to itself even in a large space, whereas the armless slipper occasional chair can fit into a snug corner of a bedroom to create an intimate nook.


Consider the existing colour palette of the room; your chair should contain about 10% of the room’s most prominent colour. The chair should fit into the space but also stand out.


The accent chair will be the hero of the room, but additional layers of accessories like throw rugs, floor lamps, cushions and rugs will complete the look.

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