An occasion for the occasional chair

So how about adding a splash of colour to your room? An occasional chair is an easy way to instantly boost your room’s style. This single piece of furniture can create theatre and atmosphere. It goes far beyond just being a functional piece. Its purpose is to stand out and raise the decorative value of a space. Here are some key thoughts from Furniture
Mart to help you choose the perfect occasional chair.

FUNCTION

Choosing the perfect occasional chair begins by deciding its main goal. Do you want to create a focal point in your room? In that case, a piece with a statement style or colour is sure to catch everyone’s eye. Or perhaps you’re looking for something to blend in with the other furniture in your room. Then you want to opt for a harmonizing piece that acts as
an anchor for your design.

LOCATION

An occasional chair can take a space from super drab to fab. It works best if you have a few pieces in different places. Always remember less will always be more. Think about which rooms in your home would benefit from a statement piece. You can style it in any part of the room. Choosing the right spot can increase its impact. For example, an occasional chair in your entrance can set the mood for your entire home. First impressions count!. The next step is to consider how to make the
best use of it in its place.

Practicality

Consider how practical you want your accent chair to be. An over-elaborate design may look stunning, but could be uncomfortable for sitting for extended periods in the living room. In that case, it may be best suited as a chair by the front door for friends to remove their shoes. Consider the use it will see on a daily basis. Think about how your family and guests will use it. A living room chair will see a lot more use than one that you place in an entrance. That’ll affect the wear it receives and how often you’ll need to clean it. Thinking through these considerations will help to narrow your choices quickly.

MOOD

Always consider the mood you’re trying to create with your occasional chair. You’ll likely find that many options work well together to create a similar feel. If you want a focal point, think about what you want it to say in yourdesign. If you’re looking to create a quiet atmosphere, you’ll head down a different path than one if you were after a retro or modern look. As a general rule, accent pieces should include about 10 percent of the overall colour of a room. Or at least reflect some similar design features,
to tie the look together. It should still fit in with the space and not appear out of place. There’s a fine line between capturing attention and demanding it

SIZE

An occasional chair needs to be the only piece on the centre stage. Putting it into an overly crowded corner will for sure detract from its purpose. It’s best to measure the space you want to place it first. There should be plenty of room around it. That’ll make it more comfortable for sitting. And will also make sure it’s seen. Remember your chair is suppose to the star in this show and needs space around it to shine bright.

STYLE

There are no set rules on choosing a style. You can mix things up to give a room an eclectic feel. And opting for a bold profile will help an accent chair live up to its purpose. However, that doesn’t have to mean kitschy or flamboyant. A simple piece in the right place speaks volumes. Size in conjunction with style can help drive your choice. Some styles such as classic or traditional often include larger pieces that take up more floor space. Others such as mid-century embrace minimalistdesign, for a more practical option in smaller spaces.

TYPES

You’ll find that most styles include just about any type of chair. It adds tothe overall look of a piece along with the other features. Designs such as a padded chair ooze comfort and cosiness. They invite you to take a seat. Likewise, a wing back chair brings a traditional feel to a room with its classic form. It’s easy to sink into it and will enfold you with its cosy embrace. You’ll find just about anything you need with an occasional chair. It’s an excellent choice if you’re after an eclectic look. Many pieces divert far from traditional forms, making them great conversation starters.

FABRIC

There are two things to think about when considering the chair’s fabric: feature and function. Decorative patterns will create an instant, eye-catching effect. However, it might not be the best choice for a dining room accent chair if it stains easily. Likewise, you may want to reconsider a leather or suede piece with kids and pets in the home. But like the style, the upholstery adds to the mood you set with an accent chair. You can also always use it to soften the tone. Think of the lush feel of velvet or the classy look of linen. But it’s only part of the calculation. That’s where colour comes into play.

COLOUR

Your choice of colour can balance the mood you are trying to capture in a room. For example, blues and greys create a tranquil, peaceful setting. Browns and greens lend a cosy feel. And exotic hues like chartreuse or gold are provoking and have a hint of mystery. Colour can do double duty and amplify the atmosphere of a space.

ACCESSORIES

Take your accent chair styling one step further by adding other items that complement it. Consider pairing an armchair with a small decorative table to create a cosy nook. Or you could place a floor lamp beside it. Perfect for prolonged reading over a good book. The possibilities are endless. Always take inconsideration that the best kind of occasional chair will serve its purpose without seeming out of place. It will fit its location as if it were made for it. Your room’s design will set the tone and the right design will enhance it. Here at Furniture Mart you are sure to find that perfect chair buddy