Often referred to as ‘accent pieces,’ accent furniture is used to add character to a room or to emphasize a theme. Accent furniture complements the main pieces in a room to create a finished decor. Typically, accent pieces are much smaller in size than a room’s main furniture. Tables and chairs are the most common types of accent furniture, although stools, benches and entryway items are also popularly used to accessorize main furnishings. A chest of drawers in an entryway or hallway, or even when used in a bedroom, can be considered an accent piece of furniture. In a bedroom, the dresser often coordinates with the bed in the same material, color and style in order to accent it.
Night tables, which typically are placed on either side at the head of a bed, are other popular pieces of bedroom accent furniture. In hallways or entryways, a dresser unit can often accent an otherwise empty space to make the home look more lived in. Providing storage for hats, gloves and miscellaneous items is a useful purpose for this type of accent furniture. A decorative chair or small bench are other kinds of accent furniture for an entryway. Some benches designed for entrances have a lift-up seat to allow for storage so the area can be less cluttered.