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Style Your Living Room With Accent Chairs

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Defining a specific style for your living space will test your interior design capability but don’t let the challenge frighten you.

With so many interior design styles available for personal choice, it’s only fair there be more than one style accent chair to choose from. 

Different accent chair styles can be just as a controversial topic of discussion as any. Some might say there’s only one thing an interior design fanatic gets from finding the perfect styled accent chair, and that is a sigh of relief. 

When designing your home, the accent chair you choose should complement your living space. However, with so many options to choose from, it may be hard to narrow down a specific style. 

In interior design, an accent chair is meant to be a statement piece for your living space. An eye-catching decoration of sorts that provides extra seating for company or furry friends. An accent chair is an important piece to the interior designer as it can complete a room and create depth. As the name might imply, an accent chair accentuates the furniture pieces and decor around it.

With so many possibilities available for decor and furnishings, it can be an overwhelming process for the new homeowner. 

Types of Living Room Accent Chairs

There are many styles and types of accent chairs to choose from. The idea of choosing the right chair and style can seem daunting to some; the best armchair suited to your space could be anything from a slipper chair to a swivel chair. 

For those who aren't sure about the differences and unique quality of each accent chair, follow the comprehensive guide below.

The Slipper Accent Chair

The slipper accent chair is generally armless and features a lower bottom seat with a tall back. The seat of a slipper armchair may not be what one is used to. Since the seat is positioned low to the ground, taller individuals will have to cross their legs to sit more comfortably.

The chair is created to be petite and fit in small places such as a bedroom corner. You will find these types of accent chairs in pairs and placed as extra seating options next to a coffee table or opposite a couch.  

The name for this armchair originates from the Victorian-era need among women for an effortless attempt at slipping shoes on and off, hence the name “slipper”.

The Wingback Accent Chair

A wingback accent chair style is recognized for its high back and “wings” that create a shelter around the occupant; some might describe the feeling of sitting in this armchair as if they are in a cocoon. By creating a sense of being a cocoon, the occupant may feel more safe and comfortable in this type of accent chair. 

The winged sides on this style of accent chair were historically used to block the cold drafts during the winter months. The sides also benefit as a shield if you were to sit in front of a roaring fireplace. 

Traditionally large in style, these armchairs have downscaled in recent years, but still manage to feature that distinctive shadow among the floors in your home. Wingback armchairs are heavy pieces of furniture, and a homeowner is unlikely to move them unless they’re changing around their living space.

Typical living spaces that include wingback armchairs are reading nooks, dining rooms, living/family rooms, and living spaces with a fireplace. Wingback armchairs placed next to a large sofa offer a complete sense of balance in living spaces. These armchairs are also used at the head and foot of a dining room table as the chairs do not move much. 

The Swivel Accent Chair 

This type of accent chair is used in spaces that cling to the idea of flexibility; these types of spaces often include nurseries and offices. Although, this armchair is widely used in living rooms and small spaces as it is very versatile. 

This accent chair was designed on a swivel base and could be created as a desk chair for the office or an upholstered armchair for the living room. 

A swivel chair provides great viewing options for a TV room. It also allows one to converse more easily and create a flexible room arrangement. The swivel chair is known for its versatility as it comes in many designs. However, it’s widely known for the ability it has to change the direction of a room.  

The Club Accent Chair 

The club armchair features a deep seat tailored in fabric or leather. Sometimes the chair, among other types of accent chairs, will feature a pattern of jewels known as nailhead trim.

This type of accent chair is frequently used in a living room. Many club chair owners have found that it makes a good napping chair, whether it be for yourself or a furry individual. 

While the chair is frequently placed in living rooms, it’s also used in pairs among living spaces to create a cozy reading nook. Others have found that it generates a solid flow for their living space by placing it next to a sofa. 

This style accent chair got its name from France under the term “fauteuil confortable” which translates to “comfy chair”. Deeply connected to gentlemen's clubs, a club chair is still known to be an upholstered, roomy armchair with extra-deep seats.

The Barrel Accent Chair

Barrel Back accent chairs feature a fully curved back and low profile that creates a sophisticated, sleek look. Some might refer to this type of accent chair as a “tub chair” because of the single semi-circular piece at the back. 

These chairs are truly multipurpose and provide an option for almost any decor. These types of accent chairs can be used in any interior design setting from traditional or minimalist to boho-chic.

For those homeowners that are looking to create a style with clean lines rather than comfort, this may be an armchair to consider. 

The Occasional Accent Chair

The occasional seat or armchair is beneficial to those that enjoy having a seat available anywhere and everywhere. 

Made to be lightweight and easy to move, this armchair is perfect when needed on occasion, hence the name. Mostly created with an eye-catching or shapely design, these accent chairs are meant to be an additional seating option, not the main choice.

The occasional armchair provides a homeowner the ability to give seating options anywhere, whether it be an extra dining chair or lounge chair.

The Bergère Accent Chair

Known for its regal lines, the Bergére chair features a loose seat cushion that exposes a classic wooden frame. 

This type of accent chair first gained its popularity in 17th century France as part of palace life. However, these armchairs are still popular today as a number of them are used in the White House. 

The history of the Bergére armchair might make a homeowner feel more elegant. Nonetheless, this armchair is very desirable among households as it’s able to fit in with just about any setting. 

To design a space with a Bergére accent chair, interior designers suggest using them in pairs, placed opposite a sofa, or tucked into a corner with a matching ottoman. 

Ideas & How To’s on Styling Your Living Room Accent Chairs 

There are many ways to style a living space alongside an accent chair, many interior designers use:

  • Pillows, either plain or patterned 

  • Throw blankets that add texture to a sofa or accent chair

  • Vases, leave empty or fill with flowers

  • Rugs

  • Plants and flowers

Should you choose a patterned fabric, plain, or one with a nailhead trim it should complement the flow of the living space and your design preference. Choosing a specific statement piece can define the flow of a room, add color to a monotonous living space, or complement a decor item.  

In most living spaces, an interior designer would recommend there be two accent chairs; in total there should be between four and five seating arrangements available for guests at any given moment. Too many accent chairs might overwhelm a space but too few wouldn’t provide enough seats; two accent chairs and one couch is recommended as the perfect arrangement.

If you cannot figure the number of seating arrangements needed for your living space, interior designers suggest comparing it to the number of seats in your dining room. 

The accent chairs in your living space don’t have to be identical, but they should flow with the hues and styles already present. 

Interior designers reveal key tips on picking the correct type of accent chair:

  • Don't ignore all patterns, just the ones that clash with your choice of style.

  • Mix match styles, don't be afraid.

  • Velvet and leather upholstery are classified as warmer hues.

  • Plastics and metals on furniture and decor are classified as colder hues.

    • To make a colder decor item— such as an accent chair— feel warmer use a throw blanket. 

  • The perfect amount of space from your coffee table to your accent chair is 18 inches. Anything less is too close and constricting. 

  • Have measurements of decor items and furniture ready when purchasing; many items will look at a different size online.

To choose the best-suited armchair for you, find what best suits the living space in your home and design from there.

Badcock Furniture Accent Chair Styles

At Badcock, we sell many of these accent chair styles. Some of the popular styles include:

  • The club chair

  • The slipper armchair 

    • Sold in different patterns that each offer a unique theme.

  • The occasional chair 

There are many accent chair styles and the basis of one design can determine the flow of your living space. If you don't know where to start or how to choose an accent chair, consider how many seats you have in your dining room and base it from there. To choose the best style, consider where you will place the armchair and what will be next to it.

Contact us 

For further guidance in your journey on finding the right type of accent chair for your living space, contact us and we can help you in your endeavor. 

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Interior Design Styles Explained: How to Use Home Decor to Achieve Your Aesthetic

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Defining an interior design concept off the top of your head may be difficult if you're not an expert. 

Even more difficult may be defining your personal preference regarding interior design. In reality, there is no definitive rule in interior design concepts, but it’s important to familiarize yourself with the basics of each. 

Understanding certain design concepts can help express your personal preferences and creativity. Below we will cover five broad types of interior design concepts.

Interior Design: The Career

The job of an interior designer is to make an indoor space functional, safe, and beautiful. An interior designer does this by establishing a style, determining space requirements, and finding functional decorative items that serve a homeowner's color palette and style choice.

Designing another person’s living space can be challenging. As a designer, they aim to please a homeowner by creating a certain style with decor options they may not regularly choose.

A great starting point for those that like the idea of interior design, is to design a space of your own. Become familiar with each interior design concept and understand how they differ from one another.

Most Common Interior Design Styles

A great starting point for an interior design project is to learn about each of the styles and how they differ from one another.

Transitional 

Starting with one of the most popular interior design concepts, transitional style is what most decorators like to refer to as the happy medium of design concepts. 

This style is perfect for the individual that finds traditional styles too suffocating and contemporary styles too refined. This type of interior design concept is the ideal mix of traditional and contemporary combined; transitional design brings an air of elegance from the traditional theme while sticking to the fine lines of contemporary styles. 

In a home with transitional interiors, accessories are kept at a minimum; this design element allows the furniture to be the basis and attention of a room. To provide some elements of contrast, an interior designer might suggest taking advantage of area rugs, throw pillows, and blankets.

A common sign of transitional interior in-home finishes like wood, steel, rattan, and lacquer. Creating a mix of masculine and feminine styles within the interior of a home is another defining factor for this design concept. Perhaps the combination of two very distinctive styles has created a refined, cohesive, and welcoming space. 

Traditional

Traditional design concepts embody the feeling of the old world; drawing inspiration from 18th and 19th century England and France, this style is heavily influenced by European decor.

All about invoking richness, this interior design concept is filled with orderly lines, comfortable furniture, neutral color palettes, dark accents, and pieces with history. 

Many homes with the traditional style will include decor such as:

  • Tables and chairs made from dark, ornately detailed wood

  • Crystal chandeliers

  • Oil paintings

  • Elegant curtains

  • Antique accents or heirlooms

  • Textiles such as silk, velvet, or linen

The idea of this concept is to create a sense of coziness and balance. It’s very common to find matching furniture sets within homes that feature this design concept. If you are not into the ‘matchy-matchy’ feeling of a home, this style may not be for you.

Contemporary

Complete with sleek lines and 1960’s flair, contemporary design is known for its emphasis on open spaces. There tend to be few accessories in these homes and those accessories are usually multi-functional; minimalists aim to keep a sleek, simple space. 

Full of clean texture, this interior design concept has a neutral base accented with bold, saturated colors like burnt orange or navy blue.

This style is always evolving and will most likely alter during the 21st century. Even though this concept is from the 1960’s it featured an open layout, something ahead of its time. It also included detailed moldings on the walls and windows such as the crown moldings we have now. 

Contemporary furniture styles are intentionally created with exposed legs and clean, straight lines for a light and airy feel. It is common to see artwork that contains metal or glass in contemporary homes as they reflect light best.

Contemporary living spaces have a clean feel to them, almost as if they are an empty slate.

Although this design concept is influenced by the past, it has been very modernized. Contemporary living spaces manage to borrow from various periods and create an ageless area. Even more so, this style manages to collaborate with a mix of many home decor styles. 

Modern

Modern furniture styles are one of the newer interior design concepts to appear in home remodeling. With crisp, clean-cut lines, this style was inspired by art deco the combination of art and functional design. 

To create a modern oasis in your home, interior designers suggest a simple color scheme. Color schemes can be monochromatic or plain with many art pieces as the bold pop of color. Like other design concepts, this style is all about minimalism which means there are not many decors used and negative space is a necessity. Modern furniture styles are created with clean lines and smooth, sleek surfaces. To keep with a sleek atmosphere, you can use accent materials such as metal, glass, steel, or chrome.

Modern furniture styles are found in abundance in cities. This design concept rose to popularity in the mid-20th century.

Minimalist

Similar to contemporary design, this interior design concept revolves around space. Since it is inspired by Japanese culture, many individuals try to stick with the “less is more” concept. 

These types of interiors are designed with neutral color palettes and functional furniture sets. For example, one might find an ottoman or coffee table that doubles as a storage bin. This is beneficial to the minimalist as it becomes a multifunctional piece for your home.

Furthermore, you will not find patterns in a minimalist setting; they are filled with texture and very minimal accent colors. 

Related to this interior design concept, you will find many unique pieces that boast clean lines and simple finishes.

Badcock Furniture Styles

Badcock furniture is a chain corporation made up of over 370 individual retail companies and dealers. With such a big selection, we offer furniture that can fit many of the unique styles a homeowner is looking for. 

To find a specific style at Badcock, narrow down the type of pieces and decor you are looking to use in your home. After figuring out the style that best works for you, use the filter option, and then select which style to browse. 

We offer many options on our website from living room sets to rugs, decor, and appliances; at Badcock, there is home decor to accompany each interior design concept.

There are many styles in the interior design world, but at Badcock, there are three main styles that we offer:

Contact Us

For help in discovering the many options offered throughout your interior design journey, contact us and we’ll point you in the direction of your style. 

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How to Choose the Right Lighting For Your Home

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Choosing the right lighting fixtures for your home may seem like a daunting task. But adequately lighting your home can offer more than just functionality. The right lighting fixtures can create a more comfortable environment; it can promote concentration or relaxation and even affect your mood. 

With some intention behind lighting, you may plan for many different lighting options in your home. You may be wondering the best method for this. First off, let’s learn about some different fixtures and techniques. 

The Three Main Types of Lighting

  • Ambient, or General Lighting

  • Accent Lighting

  • Task Lighting 

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting is sometimes referred to as general lighting. Since it is typically the primary source of light in each room, your lighting plan should start with ambient lighting and how you want it to function within a particular space. 

Aside from the function it provides, ambient lighting will set the tone of a room. It can give a sense of warmth, making a room appear larger or more spacious. Now the strategic part starts with deciding what type of lights best suit you and the room you put them in. 

Standard lighting fixtures used for ambient lighting include recessed lights, track lights, ceiling-mounted lights, and chandeliers. With proper use, all of these fixtures play a role in achieving ideal lighting for you and your home. 

Accent Lighting 

Accent lighting should work in conjunction with your ambient lighting. It complements the depth and warmth created by the ambient lighting while adding dimension. Accent lighting is also commonly used to highlight a room’s features, such as wall-mounted art, a plant, or similar features

The purpose of accent lighting is to increase the focus drawn to the feature. It should also be done in a manner that does not draw attention to the light itself. Accent lighting is often viewed as the decorative lighting in a room. It can range from a straightforward form of lighting to elegant and luxurious, depending on your taste and what you’re highlighting. Common accent lights include lamps, sconces, and chandeliers. 

Task Lighting

Task lighting intends to provide localized light for certain activities. Instead of using these lights to light up a whole room, they give concentrated light for reading a book or doing your makeup. A task light such as a lamp on a nightstand may also provide great mood lighting in a bedroom. 

When choosing proper task lighting, think about the space you will use it in. Also, keep in mind that this lighting’s function is to reduce glare while appearing bright enough, so you aren’t straining your eyes. You can find a good task light in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can range from a simple lamp on a desk to a swiveling light mounted on a wall. 

Lighting For Each Room

Each room should have particular lighting that expresses the character of you and your space. Let’s go through each room:

Foyer

The foyer is an entryway that almost every home has. It is the first thing guests see once entering your home and needs appropriate lighting. Think cordial and inviting, most foyers have a casual chandelier to provide overhead lighting in the middle of the room. If your entryway does not have high ceilings, a floor lamp combined with sconces will provide a friendly atmosphere for visiting guests.

Living Room

The living room is where families spend most of their time together. This room should have the ability to be lit up well and also have mood lighting options available. Floor lamps work great in these spaces as a task light or mood lighting. Another helpful tip is to have your ambient lighting set to a dimmer switch. If your living room has any interesting features or textures, consider highlighting them with accent lights.

Dining Room

A chandelier is a great option for the dining room. You want there to be adequate light to eat dinner and talk, but you don’t want the light to be blinding. Place the chandelier directly over the center of the dining room table and note the distance it will hang down when in the store shopping for one.

Kitchen

Arguably the most difficult to light, the kitchen will require more than one lighting scheme. You may want a task-oriented light near the sink and a bright light over the island. Most of the time, you won’t use all of the kitchen lights at once, but you will quickly notice if you don’t have proper light in certain areas. If you have an open bar area, pendant style lights are very appealing and functional.

Bedroom

Warm lighting fits best in the bedroom. Task lighting is essential, so you can read in bed or have a lamp nearby while relaxing. An overhead light will come in handy, though, when cleaning or whenever bright light is necessary.

Bathroom

Bright light is necessary for the bathroom. LED lights work well near mirrors and throughout. In addition to the ambient lighting, sconces are another functional option that adds style and character.

The Purpose and Power of Interior Lighting

Since lighting can affect a space’s mood, it is the most crucial part of interior design. Choosing lighting fixtures that compliment your space can even alter the mood of people in the room. 

Lighting has come a long way in recent years, especially regarding LED. LED technology is used in many lighting fixtures and has several benefits. For example, you can use an LED skylight that mimics natural light, offering a more airy and open setting. 

Another positive of LED lighting is that it doesn’t produce heat. No need to worry about damaging an expensive piece of art from long term heat exposure or sweating while trying to stay cool in your workspace. 

Lighting is part of your everyday life and can make your space feel homey and comfortable. If you need more help selecting lighting for your home, give us a call or stop by your local Backcock Furniture.

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