Should Your Accent Chairs Match Your Sofa?

By Steven Bertoni | December 28, 2021

Even if you love an eclectic design, the pieces you include in your all-embracing style should have some cohesion and flow together nicely. This doesn’t mean that your furniture pieces must match or be from the same collection. It simply means that the pieces should aesthetically complement one another.

That said, mixing and matching furniture is one of the best ways to add texture and design to your room and get a look that is truly custom and fits your style better than a cookie-cutter furniture suite. 

In fact, many designers are against using pieces that are identical in design. Choosing pieces that are different allows each piece to truly show off its style instead of blending in with a neighboring piece. 

At Modloft, we embrace personal style, modern contemporary aesthetic, and function with undeniably gorgeous form. We believe if you surround yourself with beautiful and intentional things, you will create a beautiful and intentional life. 

Every piece we craft has been created with a level of obsession unmatched in the industry, giving our furniture an appeal and unique quality that will create an understated elegance in any space. 

We’ll cover the important parts of making sure couches and accent chairs coordinate, regardless of whether they’ve been purchased tougher in a set. 

Tips to Keep Sofas and Accent Chairs Compatible

Sometimes it’s beneficial to take the easy route: shopping from a store that offers entire furniture suites makes coordinating your room a piece of cake. However, many times these types of scenarios end up sending you home with a room full of furniture you don’t particularly like but have simply chosen because it is easy and cost-effective. 

Selecting a sofa and accent chairs a la carte can also be easy if you know what to look for. Here are some tips to make coordinating different chairs and sofas light work. 

Decide on a Style

There are numerous different styles of furniture. From traditional to modern, contemporary to modern, there’s a style for every personality and home. The key to ensuring that all the pieces of furniture in your home provide a coherent design is first to keep them within the same style family. 

For instance, if you have a home filled with traditional furniture (furniture that features ornately carved wood pieces), a contemporary modern piece made of unexpected materials (like cement) will look obviously out of place. 

This doesn’t mean you can never mix and match styles, but it does take a certain level of expertise to do it correctly.

Color Palettes

If you ever feel that you struggle with matching color appropriately, you aren’t alone. A simple search can reveal numerous color wheel options, which claim to make it easier for you to coordinate colors correctly. 

Using a color wheel helps you explore different color combinations that you might be afraid to try. It can also help you determine if the sofa and accent chairs you are using actually coordinate properly. 


Mixing textures can help you create layers in your design. Mixing different textures is an easy way to use accent chairs and sofas that don’t come as part of the same set. 

For instance, a leather sofa pairs beautifully with practically any type of chair. Mixing textures (especially in neutral, solid colors) is an easy way to ensure your design matches without much effort. 

Be wary of mixing too much texture; one to two different textures in your furniture is sufficient. As such, aim for both accent chairs to be leather with a different textured sofa or vice versa. 

Sofas and Matching Chairs: Getting It Right

You’ve selected your style and a general color palette. Let’s talk about how to pair the perfect accent chairs with your sofa to keep your style congruent throughout your entire space. 

Consider Size

Size determines practically everything when it comes to decor. You have to have room for the furniture pieces you want, and if you don’t, it’s best not to allow them into your space. 

Scale is also important if you aren’t buying matching accent chairs with your sofa. In other words, you’ll want to make sure that your chairs don’t overpower your sofa. Your sofa should be larger proportionately to your chairs, but not so overpowering they make your chairs look miniature. 

Ideally, your chairs and sofa should be in the same general size family. 


The decorative waters get tricky to navigate when you introduce patterns. You can definitely use patterned furniture, but be sure that you opt for one pattern only. Attempting to mix patterns is usually a bad idea. It can be done, but not without a lot of skill. 

The better option is to use a solid sofa with patterned chairs or a patterned sofa with solid chairs. If the chairs are patterned, both chairs should be the same pattern. 

Seat Height

An often-overlooked element of mixing different pieces of furniture with each other is ensuring the seat height matches. A good rule of thumb is to make sure that any difference in seat height between a sofa and any accent chairs is within four inches. 

It may not seem like a very important consideration, but if you have a sofa that sinks low when sat upon, and a very firm accent chair that is already much higher than the sofa seat height, your guests may feel very uncomfortable when they sit by one another. 

Legs and Bases

If the legs and bases of your furniture are completely identical, the look of your room may be off-balanced. For instance, furniture with heavy bases that sit directly on the floor can look overpowering in a small space.

A better idea would be to pair a heavy sofa with chairs that are designed with smaller legs or a daintier base. 

It’s also important to consider the base materials. If you have a lot of exposed wood on your sofa legs and have wooden chairs, the wood colors and design should be complimentary. 

Why Modloft Pieces Work Together Better

If you want to design your living space with a la carte pieces but are afraid you won’t get it right, Modloft is your solution. Our pieces are all designed with a contemporary modern structure and are complimentary of one another even across collections. 

Here are a few of our favorite combinations:

Pairing accent chairs with sofas is easy when you shop from Modloft’s collection of minimalist pieces. 

The Takeaway

Yes, your accent chairs should match your sofa, but not like you think. Your accent chairs don’t have to be the exact same design or pattern or even sold in the same set. When you pay attention to style, color, pattern, and texture, you can easily create an eclectic grouping that is visually perfect. 

Modloft offers pieces that have the ability to pair with one another in a way that is fresh and inviting. If you’d like to make pairing accent chairs with your sofa an easy task, choosing Modloft is the answer.  



How to Use the Color Wheel to Pick Your Perfect Color Palette | Better Homes and Gardens 

16 Ways to Decorate With Leather Furniture Deirdre Sullivan | The Spruce 

Mixing Traditional and Modern Furniture Styles | The Spruce