When it comes to the home and its interior design, there is one aspect which takes precedence over other aspects: cohesion. In other words, you want your home’s interior design to complement each other; nothing should look odd or out of place. While you can mix and match, and this is even recommended by the experts, you should still make sure that everything makes a cohesive whole. So everything you choose, from the tables and pillows to the sofas and accent chairs, should look good together. If you are looking for accent chairs for your living space, however, it can be a bit tricky because you may want to have something eclectic but is still a good fit for the entire space. What goes into choosing the right accent chair, anyway? Here’s your all-important guide.

Think about your colour scheme 

One of the first things many of us think about when choosing accent chairs is the colour. Think about the space where you would like to place your accent chair and decide whether or not you want a colour which blends with your current scheme or stands out, looking more like a centrepiece. If you want something that blends in, then choose an accent chair in a colour that is seen a lot in the space or a neutral shade, but if you want something that stands out, choose an accent chair in a bold colour or in a colour that doesn’t appear in the space at all. To add cohesion, though, make it a point to have the same colour or something in a similar shade appear in other elements, even if it’s just a small element like a throw pillow or some artwork. 

Decide on your design aesthetic 

You should also carefully consider your design aesthetic. What kind of personal style do you have? Is your design aesthetic seen throughout your entire home, or is your home more of a mixture of different styles? You should consider whether your design aesthetic is a mixture or combination of different styles, one consistent style, or an eclectic style. If your style is more eclectic, the overall design of your accent chair is less important than its proportion and colour scheme. If your design sense is a mix, it is recommended that you have large furniture pieces such as tables, couches, and modern chairs follow a specific theme, and then all you have to do is add variation through decorative pieces and accents. 

Think about other considerations 

Of course, it pays to be practical as well, and this is when you have to think about other considerations. For instance, do you have small children or pets? If you have dogs or cats, you may want to avoid non-pet friendly fabrics such as wool and select a colour that can easily hide fur. If you have young children, don’t go for accent chairs with hard-to-clean fabric, and avoid light-coloured fabric as well. It would also be wise to think about what you will use the accent chair for – will it be used often, or rarely? What kind of activities are you thinking of doing in the accent chair? If you plan to spend a lot of time in the accent chair, using it for reading or watching television, then it makes sense to choose something comfortable. But if you are placing it in a not-often-used space, then you can go more for form rather than function.