May 29, 2024


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Best Types of Accent Chairs for your Living Space

Furniture is defined by chairs, and any living space can be enhanced with a well-placed accent chair. That said, we compiled a number of accent chair pieces that has gained fame and notoriety in the past.

It has as well spawned a great number of interpretations derived from the design world’s most iconic pieces.


These iconic accent chairs have assumed the status of historical figures over the years. These had a long history that helped shape and inspire their designs.

Indeed, we do enjoy looking back and revisiting the past designs that have had an impact on current designs. Which is why we at Yorkshire Fabric Shop are willing to help you recreate these accent chair pieces from the 1960s to the year 2000s.

That said, this list covers several decades of accent chair designs that made a lasting impression on the modern designers of today.

Best Living Room Accent Chairs


Wingback Chair

Originally a 16th century piece, this accent chair has had multiple design derivations over the years, making it a staple in every living space.

Wingback chairs are defined as a later seventeenth-century furniture style, often known as a grandfather chair. This design is given the side wings. This was originally to avoid the draft and serve as support for dosing heads

There have been many iterations of the design over the ages: Queens Anne featured sea designs on the cabriolets, while Marlborough Arms (previously) used Marlborough legs. Trimming the fingernails had also been historically done with nail clippers.

One of the modern chair’s primary traits is geometric lines, prominent wings, and upholstered seating and back shapes.

Curved Armchair

This design emerged during the 20th century, and it still easily matches any modern living space

Like many of Art Deco’s styles, this chair design is visually distinctive and as it was a century ago.

The curve from the back to the seat remains uninterrupted – a feature that intensifies the design’s flow. To adhere to Art Deco design techniques, the show wood frame of this accent chair has a simple, linear outline that makes a fully upholstered chair seem out of sight. Stylistic design carving was not typical in this period, so the carved elements stand to outstand as beautiful icons.

This design looks excellent in professional interior spaces.


Directoire Style Armchair

This 18th Century is both distinct but fresh to the eyes.

A five-year transitional period in the last part of the 18th century was characterized by the Directoire style designs in Pompeii that were strongly impacted by the greeks And Romans and the Hellenistic period, featuring the use of classically styled Greek elements as well as contemporary Neoclassical details. This accent chair had little to no carving, and motifs featured sheaves, palmettes, and lyres.

Arms extending in a single line from the back give a nice curve to the klism chair, its nickname of “swooping.” More modern seating elements, such as a low-profile seat, also allow for deeper and more comfortable seating.

It can be found in many spaces, including hallways and bedrooms.

Chesterfield Club Chair

This 19th century is indeed unparalleled in its beauty and functionality.

The 4th Earl of Chesterfield, in the early 1700s, is reported to have designed an armchair that is instantly recognizable as a sofa. It remains a classic club chair through the end of the Victorian period, hence its name.

The club chair Chesterfield is popularly known for has tufted leather armrests, sloped backrests, and an exceedingly stiff back. Using casters makes the design lighter, and it is easy to move.

Today’s incarnations would normally be upholstered and sown with cotton-rich fabrics


Porter’s Chair

Also, think of it as a high-backed recliner plus. Instead of flying on wings, full balloon arches from the front and the bottom, resulting in a soft, enfolding look. One of the greatest enveloping attributes is that it can be done while doing something else, such as reading a book or sitting at a desk.

In addition to upholstery, it features upholstery on the seat and the armrests and sides, though not all doffed.

While it appears whimsical, the shape of the porter’s chair is grounded in practicality. In medieval England and France’s homes, these chairs use primarily intended for men serving-in-the-hall porter or entry hall attendants, who had long periods in the foyer to watch arrivals departures.

Another defining feature is the canopy that must have made an excellent impression on the person sitting in the chair as it sheltered him from wind.