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5 Ways to Use Accent Furniture

Our accent furniture ideas will help you complete your grand decorating plans with pops of color, unexpected style combinations and lush textures. Mor Furniture for Less has a collection of eye-catching extras - armchairs, pouf ottomans, rugs, lamps and art – you can use to create rooms with maximum impact.

The idea is to find things that gives your home a layer of character and personality that your guests can’t help but notice. An armchair in an unexpected color (our Cambridge Accent Chair in Blush?) can add dimension and drama to your neutral color scheme. A wall mirror can create the illusion of more light and space in a room. A boldly patterned area rug will tie everything together. Carefully curated accent furniture and decorative pieces can refresh every room in your home.

Ready to begin adding your finishing touches?

1. Accent your entry

Your home makes its first impression right inside your front door. A vintage chest or even an oval wall mirror are welcoming accents in small spaces. If your entry begins with a hallway, our Leather Tuft Bench provides an elegant place to rest purchases or remove your shoes or boots when you come in the door.

2. Mix It Up

If you’ve chosen a neutral palette for the foundational pieces in your living room, mix things up a little by adding bright colors, intriguing shapes, and interesting patterns and textures. For example, you can lighten things up with our Brazil Loveseat in Oatmeal, topped with bold geometric print pillows. Or add some glam with the tufted velvet Tiffany Accent Chair in deep blue with elegant silver nail head trim. Another way to offset a muted color scheme is to invest in a showpiece such as an electric fireplace in the media console.

3. Blend styles

Instead of a hard-edged coffee table, opt for an upholstered ottoman. Our Claire Storage Cocktail Ottoman can serve as a footrest, extra seat, and place for drinks and snacks on a tray while storing away extra pillows and throws. Traditional furnishings often contrast beautifully with a sleek modern floor lamp. Or try pairing modern bedside tables and lamps with your elegantly outfitted bed.

4. Create more space

Even if it’s just an illusion! Hang a mirror opposite a window to reflect sunlight and create the illusion of more space. Area rugs can be used to define space within an open floor plan. Try adding an area rug and accent chair to a corner of your bedroom to create a private reading corner. Tuck a bar cart into a corner of your dining room or carve out more storage, prep and dining space in the kitchen with one of our freestanding islands with bar stools.

5. Put the accent on you

Don’t underestimate the importance of accessories that bring a touch of “you” to every room of your home. Choose decorative items that have meaning to you in a mix of colors, textures and sizes. Mix souvenirs from travels with beautiful art accent pieces, sculpture, candle holders, vintage cannisters, mirror trays, vases and more from Mor Furniture For Less. Create a gallery wall of art, photos and drawing above your bed.

Design guidelines for your accent furniture ideas

Nothing is out of bounds if you keep a few simple best practices in mind.

  • Balance Scale and Proportion

General design rules say that a coffee table should be two-thirds as long as the sofa it pairs with, and wall art should be 4/7 the size of the wall on which it hangs. A gallery wall is great idea for a huge wall, but keep in mind that art over a sofa or bed should be about the same length as the furniture piece.

  • Use the Power of the Pillow

Pillows make it easy and inexpensive to experiment with range of patterns and colors. According to Real Simple magazine, all pillows should have at least one color in common, no matter the pattern, and an odd number of pillows is most artistically pleasing.

  • Let Rugs Rule

Even if a magnificent area rug is the only accent piece in a room, remember to position it for maximum impact - between six inches and two feet from the wall. If possible, the furniture should sit entirely on the rug, but if that’s not possible, just the front legs will do.

We hope you’ve found our accent furniture ideas helpful! For further inspiration, feel free to browse our online selection of accents and decor or visit one of our local showrooms.