Accent chairs are an easy way to introduce a new sense of style without having to completely renew your decor, and the type of upholstery used on your accent chair can say a lot stylistically. Different upholsteries can also provide drastically different utilitarian benefits as well. Let’s talk about your upholstery options and what they can offer.
Fabric upholstery is an incredibly versatile, durable choice for any sort of furniture. Fabric is easy to clean, relatively easy to repair, and often very cost-effective, making it a perfect choice for a living room accent chair that will see a lot of use.
Leather is one of the most classic types of upholstery, a material that instantly communicates strength and class. Leather, in addition to its stylistic benefits, is highly durable and, when properly cared for, can last for years. Treated leather is extremely resistant to stains, making it a great choice for a living room chair where you might have a snack while watching a movie or binge-watching a favorite show.
Hide upholstery is the height of rustic luxury. From its wilder roots, hide upholstery has transformed into a luxury item popular with elite western decor, something you would expect to see in a high-mountain lodge or ski resort in Colorado. Combined with a lacquered lodge-pole frame, an accent chair upholstered in hide will instantly communicate rugged wealth and country sophistication.
There’s nothing as timeless as velvet. Velvet was created over two thousand years ago and was first popular in the courts of the grandest emperors, sultans, and kings from the world over. As such, velvet has always retained its reputation as an elite material that communicates a sense of wealth. However, in modern times, the price has come down to a point that everyone can enjoy the sumptuous comfort and prestige that velvet can offer. An accent chair upholstered in velvet is a perfect way to introduce opulence into your home as well as plush comfort.
Soft and plush, microfiber is the ultimate in comfort, which is probably why microfiber has become so popular. The feeling of microfiber against the skin is instantly relaxing and will set you at ease no matter how stressful your day, especially in a recliner or accent chair in the living room where you can unwind.
Modern upholstery printing techniques have created a whole world of possibilities in décor. Almost anything you can imagine is available to you in upholstery, whether it’s an armchair with bright paisley print, or an accent chair with a vibrant animal print to match safari decor.