We believe home design should be stylish and distinctive. The rustic, clean-lined wooden frame of a show wood accent chair or the plush texture of boucle upholstery on a club chair are elements that help elevate a space, making it personalized to you. At Lulu and Georgia, our well-designed and thoughtfully-curated collection of living room chairs are perfect for your home, offering both elevated style and individual personality.
Occasional seating is usually one of the last items you choose to furnish your living room, but it is a hugely important part. The style and versatility of frames, upholstery fabrics, and colors make decorative chairs a vital part when creating the design aesthetic of your space. These chairs can be used as standout accents that contrast the look of your sofa with eye-catching patterns and textures and they can also blend elegantly into the surrounding decor. If you choose to have multiple occasional chairs, you can even mix and match them, as long as there is a unifying element between them.
Not sure what style fits your look and home best when you search for living room accent chairs? Don’t worry, we have got you covered. Check out a few tips below on inspiration when browsing, styling tips, and explore our line of modern and dynamic chairs.
Consider Your Space
Accent chairs highlight your home's style and decor and are the perfect piece of furniture to complete the look of any space. Whether you are in search of that last elegant piece to pair with your sofa in a formal living room, a functional and comfortable chair for your study, or a cozy chair to go beside your bedroom window, an occasional chair is your ideal option. It allows you to add a splash of color and show your creativity without disrupting the decor style of the furniture you have already chosen. Along with their ability to tie the room together, decorative chairs can also be a functional addition to any room. With these expanded seating options, you will always have a pleasant seat to offer your guests and one to curl up in yourself.
Living rooms come in a variety of sizes and styles. You may be working with a large, open-concept space, a small-space room that is multifunctional, or a traditional family room with lots of seating. So, you will first have to recognize how your new living room chair will fit into your space. Will it pair with your sofa to provide extra cozy seating around a coffee table? Is it meant to be placed near a window or floor lamp to create a relaxing reading nook? Or are you looking for a dynamic, sculptural piece, like the Akila Swivel Chair, meant to add a bit of playfulness and natural texture to your room?
If you are looking to add accent chairs with arms into a bedroom or home office, similarly identify the look of the space first and ask yourself questions about its use. Are you searching for an incredibly comfortable decorative chair to drink your tea and read in? A small slipper chair to use for your vanity? Or in need of extra seating in your office to take conference calls or breaks in during your day? However you pick, you will have to recognize the space it is meant for and choose wisely on how this piece will get used.
When choosing chairs, you need to consider several options. What is the room in which they will be situated? Will they be used regularly, or are they saved for special occasions? Do you want a roomy armchair, or would you prefer a sleek slipper chair silhouette? We are here to answer these questions so that you can choose the decorative chair that works best with how you want to use it.
All About Our Accent Chairs
Here at Lulu and Georgia, our collection of occasional chairs are available in several different styles, colors, shapes, and sizes, so there will always be an option to perfectly fit any room in your house. We design and curate plenty of options, from chic accent chairs that make for elegant additions to formal living rooms or classic plush and upholstered chairs that add cozy seating options to your study or bedroom reading nook. Plus, you’ll find that purchasing matching living room chairs in sets makes it easy to move them between rooms to make your spaces adaptable to any number of people at any given time.
Occasional chairs balance providing extra seating space with being a stylish accent for your room. Choosing the right living room accent chair for your space that complements the look and feel of the room and creates a unique combination of style, function, and comfort is not always straightforward. If you are looking for more insight on different chair types, read on—and we will make sure to highlight a few of our bestsellers.
Chair Style Guide
Looking for an at-home chair that is made for comfort but looks great too? Our selection of living room accent chairs includes options to keep you cozy and comfortable while you relax with your favorite book or enjoy your morning coffee. Some of our larger, oversized decorative chairs are even big enough for two people to snuggle up together. That is why it is important to understand the range of options available, each with its unique features. Here are a few of our timeless favorites:
Swivel chairs bring the perfect combination of function and fun in whatever space you place them in, making them a popular choice for adding a pop of color or tactile style to a room. The practical functionality of these chairs allows you to change your view and join in on different conversations or goings-on around the room without ever moving your seat. Swivel chairs can be used as side chairs for your living room and are available in both high-back and low-back styles. We offer a large selection of these accent armchairs for the living room.
Rounded edges and a deep seat, meant for long afternoons spent relaxing in conversation or while reading, are traditional attributes of the club chair. Its origins stretch back to social clubs and French design studios, and leather upholstered versions still have a masculine quality to them. However, pastels, brighter shades, and warm neutrals create a more muted and laid-back look.
Low-slung, upholstered, and armless, slipper chairs are compact and versatile furniture pieces that can range from understated to bold. They were traditionally bedroom accents meant to ease with getting dressed, so they fit right either bedside or by a vanity. Or, they fit in anywhere around your living room, from extra seating for watching TV to two chairs being paired together beside a side table to foster conversation. The Amanda Accent Chair, with its texture-rich faux shearling upholstery and sleek iron legs, is a striking and useful element that instantly transforms your room.
The signature characteristic of a Lawson-style Armchair is the lower arm height in comparison to the chair's back. Whether including rolled or angular shaped arms, these chairs offer simple, streamlined, and elegant design. We love these transitional accent chairs with arms because they fit in with modern, traditional, and layered decors alike.
Show Wood Armchairs
With its exposed, rugged frame, a show wood chair features undeniable rustic appeal. Its clean-lined frame is crafted from solid wood and then is paired with a plush upholstered seat and back. Show wood chairs are incredibly comfortable and bring a distinctly mid-century aesthetic, especially when paired with top-grain leather finishes or rich, lustrous velvet fabrics. They look great in a bedroom, home office, or living space opposite warm woods, inviting neutrals, and tailored silhouettes. Explore our selection of show wood armchairs.
Barrel chairs are curved, solid, and spacious pieces for your home. Usually crafted in one piece and then fully upholstered, they can vary from traditional to modern to Art Deco-inspired. Modern options are designed without legs, or lofted on more sculptural bases and then covered in richly-textured fabrics. Incredibly cozy with their sloping arms, these seats are perfect for a reading nook in your bedroom—or they can be paired with an ottoman for a luxe viewing spot in your living room.
In search of a classic look to complete your room? Lounge occasional chairs for your living room are both stylish and cozy with their slightly reclined seat and higher back. Their sleek design and comfortable construction make them the ideal mix of style and function for a living room. Pair them with an ottoman to give the feel of a chaise sofa, they are perfect for TV binging or afternoon napping.
We see glider chairs are a must-have for your nursery. They ease feeding and bonding time with your little one with their gentle rocking motion, all while helping to soothe both of you. High backs and roomy deep seats make gliders comfortable seating whether or not you have small children in your home, letting you relax and read (or nap) in peace. Place it by a window in your living room or study.
Whether listed as a chair-and-a-half or as a media lounger, these occasional chairs are wide, roomy pieces for your living room. Perfect for cozying up with your partner or little one, they fall somewhere between a lounge chair and loveseat in size. This Harlowe Media Lounger is plush and spacious seating that includes a curved silhouette and a ton of toss back cushions. It suits movie nights and days spent resting or reading.
Need a versatile chair you can use for outdoor entertaining that also fits in with your indoor furniture? Our selection of indoor/outdoor chairs contains several options that you can slip into just about any space. Whether you are hosting a weekend BBQ or have company over mid-week, your guests will always have a comfortable place to sit. And since they are easy to move from room to room, these indoor/outdoor options make the perfect decorative chairs.
Eye-Catching Occasional Chairs
In a category all their own, these striking pieces only share one characteristic—they immediately draw every eye in the room. They can feature exaggerated forms, luxe textures, and inject a bit of playfulness into your space. Thoroughly modern yet whimsical, the Palm Accent Chair does exactly that with its hand-carved teak wood frame.
Whether you need a way to expand your seating options, add a pop of color to your living room, or a place to relax and put your feet up after a long day of work, accent armchairs for a living room are a perfect option. At Lulu and Georgia, we bring you stylish and reliable furniture that you will be able to enjoy in the home you love. So, if you have already decided on your occasional chair style, then the next step is selecting the best material to fit in with your room's look.
Material Trends We're Currently Loving
The materiality of accent chairs for the living room enhances the look and feel of the piece. As new materials have become more accessible, there are a ton of exciting designs. We are huge fans of materials that layer in a ton of tactile and visual style because they instantly transform your space. If you are having trouble deciding between different upholstery or construction options, read on for a few tips.
Perfect for a family with small children or pets, performance fabrics are an easy-care, long-lasting option for your casual seating options. Incredibly durable, they are fade resistant from exposure to the sun and withstand water spills, mold, and mildew. Performance fabrics also dry promptly, helping to prevent stains from penetrating the fabric permanently.
Bouclé is renowned for its softness and durability and is characterized by its nubby appearance. It is from the little loops in the yarn from which it gets its name, translating as "loop" in French. A timeless trend, the fabric has recently undergone a resurgence as its cozy appeal has been paired with modern, sculptural forms. Our Tobi Swivel Chair layers on bouclé upholstery to a curved, forward-thinking frame to create a luxe, transitional chair that works in bedrooms, living rooms, or children's rooms alike.
A favorite for both style and comfort, leather accent chairs add cozy warmth to every room. An ideal choice for an accent chair with arms, they are perfect for a living room, reading nook, or study. You can find leather chairs in a variety of different styles to compliment the aesthetic of any space in your home. We love the earth-toned finish and soft cushions of this Kenneth Leather Accent Chair. Its belted straps detailing helps to support the back and seat, but it is also striking enough that we suggest positioning the chair in an open space to view it from all angles.
Rattan and Cane
Incredibly rich and tactile, rattan and cane add such visual appeal to all home decor pieces, and we love how it looks on accent chairs for a living room or bedroom. Whether woven entirely from these natural fibers or just featuring a bit of stylish detailing, the result is that it infuses your space with textural and casual-cool style.
If you are searching for a cozy chair, select a soft material like cotton or leather that can stand up to regular use and is easy to maintain. An upholstered accent chair with down or foam filling will offer the plush, cozy support you seek. If the chair will be getting regular use, be sure to select a chair with durable construction like a hardwood frame with reinforced joints so you can enjoy your furniture for years to come.
Curated Designer Collections
At Lulu and Georgia, we're proud of the company we keep. From up-and-coming makers to celebrated brands, we are excited by the relationships we have cultivated. That means we've been able to add to our selection of decorative chairs with chic pieces from our Ginny Macdonald designer capsule as well as different design studios and industry-leading brands, like Arteriors.
We were ecstatic to convince Ginny Macdonald, the L.A.-based British interior designer, to create an exclusive line of upholstered furniture pieces for us. The result is a capsule of tailored classics and elevated statement piece accent chairs, sofas, and beds. The collection beautifully blends its Victorian house inspiration with the fresh look and feel of modern California style.
The Arteriors assortment evolves your space's style with stark, streamlined silhouettes and a focus on scale and luxe materials, textures, and finishes. From the understated to the unexpected, each piece in this line draws your eye by incorporating moody fabric colors and finishes, and lofty forms.
Small-Space Living Rooms
We recognize that for a lot of customers, a large living room is not a reality. Whether in apartments with just enough room for a loveseat or two occasional chairs and a compact accent table or if your coffee table serves multiple extra functions like your dining space and workstation, we have options that fit your style and space.
For those who can't fit much seating in their living room, we love the idea of using swivel chairs for their style and functionality. Their ability to readjust without being moved lets you swing from a conversation to watching the TV to facing the window—making these pieces a huge space saver. One of our favorites is this Margie Swivel Chair, which beautifully mixes its circular design with a stylish wooden base and a cozy, nubby fabric.
Outdoor Entertaining and Lounging
If you enjoy hosting on your patio or in your backyard or gazing up at the stars while lounging outside, then you will need seating that can withstand the elements. Think durable, weather-resistant materials like concrete, teak wood, aluminum, and synthetic fibers. However, just because you are choosing between sturdier pieces, that does not mean that you have to sacrifice any style.
As with an indoor accent chair, those meant for outdoor spaces can maintain a balance between an eye-catching look and a functional, high-traffic piece. Even pieces that are constructed from similar materials are not limited in design or style. Think highly durable and weather-resistant materials like teak wood or all-weather wicker, and synthetic fabrics for the upholstery. Paired with chic and inspired designs, they create versatile pieces that look great in whichever room they are placed in. View and shop our outdoor lounge furniture collection to choose a set-up that is an extension of your interior home decor aesthetic.
How to Style Your Room with an Accent Chair
An artful decorative chair elevates the look of your space, so you will want to make sure that it is properly styled and paired with the rest of your decor. Below, we have added a few tips on how to best style these pieces with other furniture and decor pieces.
Think of what the throughline design-wise will be for your room. Are you intending for a modern or traditional look, or something entirely different? We recently styled our French Deco collection on the blog, speaking to mixing and matching statement-making pieces by taking a minimalist approach. The luxe textures, vivid colors, and alluring designs can flourish specifically because the room does not feel overstuffed with items.
Whichever way you decide to style it, remember that your occasional chairs allow you the flexibility to showcase your design aesthetic. They give you a chance to showcase your individuality with little touches of nuanced design. Loved ones and visitors can then immediately get a sense of who you are by how you layer these chairs into your design aesthetic.
When you shop online at Lulu and Georgia for accent chairs for the living room, you will find pieces that complement the style of your space, but also make it feel more elevated. Whether you are looking to find a statement-making chair to stand out in your room or a streamlined piece to complement the look of your living space, we have a selection curated by design style, materials, and sizes to choose from. Check out our Living Room Shop by Room page for more ideas and inspiration on how to best create stylish everyday living spaces.Show Less