Accent Chair and Sofa Combinations

Sofas are a big commitment. I have been searching for the perfect sofa for a LONG time. I want a beautiful sofa that’s not too hard and not too soft. It needs to be a good height and comfortable for watching a movie or taking a nap. I also want it to have good back support for a conversation with guests. It also needs to be low maintenance and continue to look good even if I let my active little rugrats sit/jump/play on it. Commitment is obviously a struggle for me. It’s taken me so long to decide that now I actually need to replace a second sofa. Wish me luck.

Many people struggle with finding the right chairs to pair with their sofa. They may feel like playing it “safe” and buy a matching set. Although a matching set is perfectly fine, choosing your own combination is easier than you think. Below are a few combinations to get you inspired. I also included some tips so you can find your own perfect combination.

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Number 1 is a modern take on a leather chesterfield. I paired it with a fun pattern and a more organic shaped chair. The colors work well together. Number 3 has the pattern this time so I paired it with a solid chair with the same tufting as the sofa. Number 5 looks soft and comfy so I paired it with a more structured chair. Both have a casual, laid back vibe.

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Number 7 is a gorgeous moss color so I paired it with a neutral chair that has a textured fabric and leather accents to add visual interest. Number 9 has clean lines that pair nicely with the rounded leather chair. The gold accents are repeated in both. Number 11 is a more traditional/formal sofa. I paired it with a neutral chair in the same wood tone. The barrel-shaped arms make the chair a modern version of a traditional Jenny Lind chair.


  1. Scale is important. Don’t pair an overstuffed chair and a half with a small, delicate-framed sofa.

  2. Although there are exceptions, pairing a patterned sofa with patterned chairs typically doesn’t work.

  3. Keep in mind that some guests may have different seating preferences than you. If you choose a deep, down-filled sofa, you should pair it with chairs that are a little harder and more structured.