First of all, what is accent furniture?
The term “accent” means emphasis or stress. Accent furniture essentially are pieces of furniture that stand out against space’s decor. This can be done when the a space/room has neutral tones and minimalistic design. Adding a pop of colour or a chair or table can accentuate those pieces and add some character. Accent furniture adds dimension and depth to your living space, and has the ability to say a lot about your personal style!
Here are a few tips you need to keep in mind before going about decorating your space with accent pieces:
1. Start small and work your way up:
When getting started with accent furniture, try not to get overwhelmed with all the ideas floating around on the internet - start small! You can do so by purchasing a simple small table that can be placed in the entryway of your home. An accent table offers a warm welcome to your visitors, ensuring a good first impression of your home! You can be bold with colours while choosing a small accent table for this purpose, so don’t be afraid to go all out!
2. Proportions and scaling are important:
You might be tempted to go all out and purchase a large, imposing piece of accent furniture - which is quite alright (it is one of the next few tips we are going to tell you!). However, these purchases can only be made considering the space you are furnishing. For a smaller space, it does not make much sense to splurge on a large piece of furniture, it will only make space look more cramped. So, consider scales and proportions while deciding on what size of accent furniture to purchase
3. Patterns are critical - and require wise decision-making:
The concept of accent furniture is based on the fact that a few pieces can make a big statement - this goes to show that a couple of items can be made the focal point in your living, dining, or bedroom area, without them being too imposing. However, this adds pressure on choosing the perfect piece for your home. Wise decision-making becomes key during such circumstances. Mix-and-match with patterns, but do not go overboard - one or two is more than enough. These patterns should be able to blend really well with the other furniture and colours in your room.
4. The entryway can be the first line of action:
The entrance of your home dictates the tone for your entire house. It goes without saying that the entrance must be clean and decluttered, but adding an accent piece can really turn the look around. This is especially useful in making great first impressions on your visitors. For this, you can consider purchasing a bombe or ornate chest, a fancy shoe rack or even a ceiling-to-floor divider with showpieces in it.
5. Large pieces are fun (and imposing too, but in a good way):
Large pieces can be statement accent pieces for your home - these can range from armoires, large folding screen, or even large china cabinets. Look at it this way - if you already have a lot of character in your room, you can purchase a large but plain accent piece for the place. On the other hand, if your room is relatively plain, you can go crazy on that one piece you plan on including in the area!
6. Choose an accent chair that has flair:
Chairs are commonly used pieces for adding accents to a home. While selecting a chair, choose one which has a strong presence, this can be in the form of solid but striking colours or patterns. You can also include an accent chair that is completely different from the aesthetic of your house - the contrast would be a striking feature.
7. Give your dining table a chance to steal the show:
Dining tables involve two elements you need to include while purchasing accent furniture - they are large and imposing, as well as they are extremely malleable to your ideas. Consider getting one that pops out from the rest of your surroundings to make it the centre of the spotlight at home. Alternatively, you can use a plain dining table, but use different coloured chairs to bring out the contrast.
8. The Contrasting method:
Like mentioned earlier, combining two completely different styles can help bring out a contrast you did not even know could exist! However, there is a thin line when it comes to mixing and matching in such cases - and if crossed, it can make your space look odd or weird
Now that we have covered the basics, we can get into the nitty-gritty of the detailing involved in accenting - which is how to choose the right accent furniture!
1. Accent chairs and tables:
An accent chair can be placed in your living room or your bedroom and can add some character to your space. Here are some tips before purchasing one:
- Understand your needs: How big is your space and what size would your chair and/or table come in?
- Budgeting: How much can you spare to purchase an accent chair/table?
- Space measurements: A follow-up to the first tip, measure it out so you get the right measurements before heading to a store or shopping online
- Complement or contrast? Choose whether you want the accent chair/table to complement the surroundings, or contrast them. Picking the style should be fairly straightforward after that!
For accent tables, you can also consider the following decorating tips:
- Add baskets, trays or coral items to your accent table. This makes the furniture look more purposeful. You can also add candles, books or remotes - just make sure to not add too much and overwhelm the space
- Adding a natural element to your table makes it look beautiful - you can consider getting a potted plant or even a beautiful vase with flowers in it. This offers softness to your table and contributes to the natural beauty in your living space. You can also go for artificial plants if you do not want to keep changing the flowers, or watering your plants (works well if you have a green thumb)
- Add height to the table with longer pieces, this helps add dimension and depth to your accent table. Adding height also adds visual interest to the objects deliberately placed on your table
- Add a table lamp to brighten or liven up your table! Table lamps can come in different shades, sizes and styles - so pick one that goes with the aesthetic of your room!
- Divide the table in half and decorate them accordingly - just make sure to balance it out right
- Decorating with taller objects behind your sofa can make the space more stylish - consider getting tall candle holders, plants, lamps, or decorative objects
Accent lighting and lamps can help contribute to the look and feel of your home. Here are a few tips while purchasing the right accent lighting:
- Direct attention with lighting: Direct the attention of viewers to where you want it to go. Lighting helps in taking the drama up by a notch and providing a focus wherever you want it to
- Dimmers can be your best friend: Ironically, dimmers can help in brightening up spaces as you need it to. The unique feature about dimmers is that they can be controlled, so you can change the lighting according to the mood
- Lamps: Decorative lamp choices can be purchased to be used as statement accent pieces in your room
- Track lighting installation: Track lighting can be used if you want to change the direction of your light. Hallway track lighting can add a simple but powerful element of accent in your house
- Recessed lighting: Recessed light pieces blend very well with their surroundings, and can usually go with any decor
- The type of lighting: Pick what type of light you want to be illuminating your space: fluorescent lights are usually bright and used in office spaces, making them long lasting and efficient. LEDs(also known to be environmentally sustainable) is typically used in homes
We have also compiled a list of what type of accent furniture you can use for different spaces in your home! You can use this as a quick but comprehensive guide before decorating your dining, living or entryway:
Type of space
Ideal accent furniture
Once you understand the basics of accent furnishing, you can use this knowledge, combine it with your creativity and customise your home as you please!