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Save, Spend, Splurge: Arm Chairs that Make a Statement in any Room

Arm Chairs are a great vehicle for a statement for any budget and size of your space

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By Kimberley Schoeman  | October 25, 2023 | Shopping

Placing an accent chair in any room is one of the best ways to make a statement, especially if you have a small space that can use a small upgrade. Not only do they add extra seating, but they have the power to draw the eye inwards and tell a story of the space it occupies. But, the best part about an accent chair is they come in a range of styles, sizes, colours, and prices. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite accent chairs to elevate your space.

Shopping for this kind of chair is not a one-size-fits-all situation, but more of a spectrum of statement. When shopping for a chair, be on the lookout for the difference between and accent chair, occasional chair, and statement chair. Think of an occasional chair as a unique chair not meant for regular use. An accent chair is similar to an occasional chair purely because of its role to introduce a pop of colour to a space. Then a statement chair is like an accent chair, but it makes a much more bold statement than the former. We’ve structured this particular dispatch of Save, Spend, Splurge is according to this spectrum: Save is an accent chair; Spend is an occasional chair, and Splurge is a statement chair.

Save: Siena Fabric Chair, Decofurn, R1,599

Contemporary aesthetics lend themselves to introducing a classic and clean accent chair. When considering an accent chair, think about the hues already present in the space, and decide whether the accent colour you want to introduce is lighter or darker (by proxy of an accent chair). Integrating white into your space by virtue of seating may seem daunting, but it is a powerful accent especially if you only have space and budget for a single chair. The Siena Fabric Chair from Decofurn is a great accent chair if you are big of brightness, but small on budget for its textural and tonal statement.

Siena Fabric Chair, Decofurn, R1,599. Image: supplied.

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Spend: Armchair Lofty Snake Mauve, Kare Design, Approximately R11,000

Coil up in an occasional chair that is both feminine and bold. An occasional chair is not always a classic 90° cushion-and-seat silhouette, but it can be a uniquely abstract form. Believe it or not, you can make a statement through colour, shape, and material, making this Lofty Armchair a triple threat.

Armchair Lofty Snake Mauve, Kare Design, Approximately R11,000. Image: supplied.

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Splurge: Karamella Swivel Occasional Chair, Collaro, R 24,270

Wood is a great statement material to marry with other softer or plush textiles on a statement chair. Not only do rounded edges of a chair with wood create flow, but it introduces an organic feeling to a space. This Karamella Swivel Occasional Chair from Collaro makes a statement in its round form, and mixture of different materials, but its ability to swivel is a great conversation starter and frankly a fun feature for any kind of seating.

Karamella Swivel Occasional Chair, Collaro, R 24,270. Image: supplied.

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