When you welcome a guest into your home, they should know whose house it is right away. A great, effective way to send this message is with a statement piece. A statement piece is an item that becomes the focus of your design and draws your guests’ eyes when they walk into a room. Statement pieces set the tone for your space, and your home.
It can be overwhelming to pick a single item that can carry so much weight. With that in mind, I’ve pulled together these seven tips to help you choose a statement piece that will fit right in your home.
Let the Statement Piece Standout
A statement piece is, after all, a statement! I always tell my clients that a single item in the room can be the star of the show, a sort of road map toward the rest of the decorating.
If your statement piece conveys a message, it can stand on its own. You shouldn’t need other pieces to explain the statement you’re trying to make, or to “prop it up” (figuratively speaking, of course!). Make sure your statement piece is effective and clear.
Keep Scale in Mind
While your statement piece should be the star, it shouldn’t be the only thing in the room! You need to make sure you’re providing it with a great supporting cast. Not only is it impractical to only have one item in a room, it’s also just bad design. If you leave a piece by itself, the room will likely feel unbalanced and “off.”
By considering the size of your room and the other items inside, you can make a good decision on a statement piece that will stand out but still be a good fit with the rest of the room. After all, you want a powerful statement piece that works in your room.
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Have Fun With Your Statement Piece
Life is too short to make a boring statement. Have fun with it! Even if your style isn’t particularly whimsical or playful, you can still strike a great balance with a statement piece that brings some fun into the space. Think of something unexpected, like a supporting item in a room, becoming the statement instead. For instance, some people may want the table to be the star of the show in a dining room, but you could use an eye-catching sideboard and let the table just be an accent.
This fun statement piece should also be something that represents you and your home. Remember, you’re going to see this item every day. It should be something that you love and that resonates with you. No matter what you choose, your statement piece will feel more genuine and at home in your space if it truly represents you.
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Ditch the Idea of Matching
The time for matchy-matchy décor is over. You don’t have to color match your pillows to the pattern in your rug and the vase on the side table. These days, doing a bit of intentional mismatching can be a good thing.
Even though you need to think about the scale of the room and how other items will play off of it, your statement piece doesn’t have to match colors or styles exactly. In fact, you can let it intentionally “clash” with other items a bit to set it apart even further. It is possible to strike a balance of “going” and “not going” when it comes to a statement piece, if you do it right!
Add Another Statement Piece
I’m about to say something that might surprise you: you can add a second statement piece to your room. This declaration is a bit controversial in the interior design world today, but I stand by it.
Of course, it isn’t as simple as just adding a second distinctive item of decor! It takes a bit of effort to make sure that your pieces will work together. You want to make sure that your
statement pieces are complementary. Instead of two statement pieces of art, consider a bold piece of artwork paired with a unique chair.
Like I said above, a statement piece is kind of like the star of your show. But many shows have two leads. They work together to complete the story – and two statement pieces can do the same.
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Consider Color Psychology
When you’re thinking about a statement piece, you should ask yourself: “What do I want my statement to be?” The statement you’re looking to make can determine not only what kind of piece you’re going to choose, but also what color it is.
When discussing colors (of paint, furniture, or art) with my clients, I always tell them that color is powerful. In fact, each color speaks its own, secret language to us. Colors have the power to affect our mood and our minds. So what do you want your statement piece to say to you and your guests?
If your statement piece is in a family room or other large gathering area, consider a statement piece in blues and greens. These colors are calming, sending a subtle but powerful message to everyone that this space is relaxing and peaceful. Which can be helpful during big family parties, right? If you want to communicate an air of inspiration, stick with oranges and yellows. These warm hues promote creativity.
Redefine Statement Piece
Lastly, don’t be afraid to mix it up! Just because it’s a statement piece doesn’t mean it has to be a solitary item. While a tryptic of bold artwork on a large wall is technically three items, those three things together make a statement as one.
This isn’t the same as choosing two complementary items like I mentioned earlier. Grouping several smaller things into a single statement piece is an effective way to set the tone of your room in a surprising new way.
Imagine a collection of meaningful and bold items together on your mantle or coffee table. On their own, they’re supporting items in a larger design scheme. But together, they can anchor the room and set the tone for the rest of the space.
Remember – it’s a statement piece. Thinking outside the box with a statement piece makes a statement all on its own.