Home Décor Ideas: Occasional Chairs & Accent Chairs

Here at Arlo & Jacob, we need no occasion to love an occasional chair; we think they’re perfect for every single day. An occasional, or accent chair is usually a standout, standalone piece that sits in bedrooms, hallways or any corner of your home that is a natural resting spot. They can sometimes come in pairs, and they are usually slightly smaller than regular sized armchairs. We have some stunning occasional chairs, so here we give you a closer look at their standout design features.

An occasional chair is ideal for creating a reading nook or for dressing up an otherwise unused corner of your home. We think they look extra special in bold, bright fabrics, especially patterned fabrics, and thanks to their springs and padding, they’re just as comfortable as a regular sized armchair.


One of the newer pieces in the House & Garden Collection, Stella is a gorgeous accent chair. It’s one of the larger of our accent chairs, but will still fit snuggly into alcoves or any unused spaces. Stella is inspired by 1950s Danish design combined with elements of a classic English club chair. Stella has generous proportions for an occasional chair, so why limit yourself to just one – we think it looks stunning as a pair.

Stella occasional chair


Pretty and petite, Vesper is the ultimate occasional chair. Named after Vesper Lynd the character from the James Bond novel Casino Royale (and later the infamous shaken-not-stirred cocktail), this is a beautiful cocktail chair if ever we saw one. The fluted back is its crowning glory; Vesper looks truly spectacular in any of our luxurious velvets. We think Vesper would look rather wonderful sat next to your cocktail cabinet.

the compact vesper green velvet cocktail chair is a perfect small space solution


Emilia is just like our Vesper chair, but instead of the fluted back, it has a smooth curved flat back. It’s a contemporary take on a mid-century design and is the ideal occasional chair for dressing tables, dressing rooms and bedrooms. It is dainty and small enough to fit into most spaces, but with its coiled springs, it’s a seriously comfortable spot to get cosy for a while. We’d have an Emilia every room.

The compact emilia pink velvet cocktail chair works as a small space solution


Drew is a classic style occasional chair that is perfect for country cottages. It works excellently in reading corners, bedrooms and even bathrooms. Thanks to the skirt, Drew has a softer design and shape to some of our other occasional chairs and is suited to feminine décor. Drew is the ideal accent chair to explore our designer fabrics on offer.

Drew occasional chair


Grantley is one of our original accent chairs, and we think it is the ideal bedroom chair, especially since its design was based on a slipper. The rounded, button back is a lovely design element that deserves to be shown off. Grantley is a fairly low-level seat, so is perhaps best for areas where you can stretch out your legs.

Grantley chair


Another one of our cocktail chairs, Celia is a more traditional style, petite, occasional chair, that again would be ideally suited to bedrooms and hallways or landings. It has a far more rounded design in comparison to Vesper and Emilia and has traditional castor legs as opposed to mid-century style tapered legs. We think it’s the ideal choice for a dressing room chair.

celia yellow velvet cocktail chair

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