A room without a statement piece is like cake without frosting, it might not be bad, but you would certainly never call it great. A beautiful space needs an anchor, a flavor and a little something extra the eyes can savour. The statement piece is the star of your room and everything else the supporting cast.
What is a statement piece?
The beauty of a statement piece is that it can be anything you want it to be as long as it has a personality; it should be saying something after all. It can be an edgy piece of lighting, big and bold furniture, a sculpture that resonates with your flow or even something as simple as a one-of-kind mirror. Whatever it is, it should say something a little louder than the rest of the pieces in your space.
So how can your piece rise above the rest, well it could be its, size, color, texture or design. Whatever you choose, just remember that piece will not only reveal its own personality but a little something about yours too. You can control that messaging by taking some time to select this important piece for each of your rooms.
When you walk into a space your eyes instantly start reading. The first thing they see sets the whole tone and feeling of place. You can control that feeling by controlling what the eyes see first. And that is the job of your statement piece.
How to choose a statement piece
How do you want to feel?
The most important thing to think about when creating any space is making a conscious choice about how you want it to make you feel. Do you want to feel comfy when you are in this space? Do you want to feel elegant or fun? Do you want to get rustic or go pure nouveau? Once you decide how you want to feel, it will be much easier to choose a statement piece. If you’re going for sleek and elegant you’re not going to create a focal point that is all bubbles and colors.
Who are you and what do you want to convey?
Your comfort in your space is important and comes first, but secondly you also need to think about what you are saying with your choices. Before you choose a statement piece you need to figure out what you like and also what you want to convey about yourself. A single specially-selected piece in your special space says a lot about what you value overall. In fact statement pieces speak much more than you ever could about yourself so choose wisely.
What is your design style?
Before heading out to search for that perfect piece, you need to define your aesthetic. Do you like modern and sleek or rustic and country. Defining your style doesn’t mean you can’t meander from there, but being aware of your base style is a good jumping off point. Once you’ve established the style, you can absolutely mix it up by throwing in a piece that is somewhat different than the others, but at the same time complementary.
What do the bones say?
A bare room often has a focal point of its own and working with that focal point will often help you bring that room together. For example you might have 10-foot ceilings which you could accentuate with a larger-than-proportional chandelier. A room can have many types of natural focal points like angled walls, a fireplace and large windows. The natural focal point will affect the balance in the room and so you should keep those natural points in mind when selecting your piece.
What is your color palette?
Yes, your statement piece should stand out, but in a way that doesn’t jar nor create discord in your overall scheme. Identifying your palette will then give you a base to work with. The color of your piece can be the stand out factor or it could be something like size or design. Your palette will determine how natural or loud your statement piece color should be.
If you’re working with a neutral palette, you can get adventurous, but with strong colors you might want to use more natural colors and textures. Of course, how creative you get will be determined by the answers to the questions preceding. Nothing is set in stone when it comes to the artful life.
How to make it interesting
Mix it up
Despite the fact that you want to have a specific style and color palette, you can still mix it up in so many ways. If you’ve got a fresh clean vibe to the room, adding a rustic statement piece like an old could be just the thing to bring it all together. Textures are also a great thing to play with when you want a change from the everyday. A soft couch surrounded by angular pieces can bring a new dimension to your space. Don’t be afraid to take elements from different styles and mix them up, part of the fun is discovering your interior design avatar.
Why Size is Relative
A statement piece should be a little loud, but it can do that in a very quiet way. If you’ve got a piece with character it doesn’t need to be larger than life to get the attention it deserves. A very large installation in a room could go very quickly from statement piece to monstrosity. The key is to balance personality with size and colors. A giant sculpture could be overpowering while a smaller piece could pull the whole room together and give it life. On the flip side, an oversized mirror in neutral tones could be just the thing to give your room a little oomph.
How many statement pieces can I have?
Your statement piece is going to be the star of the room so there shouldn’t be anything else in your space that competes with it. If you try to make a bunch of statements in one room, then none of them get heard. As we discussed, your eyes begin to read as soon as you enter a room. Now if you have a whole bunch of competing items it could get mighty confusing, mighty fast.
On rare occasions you may find a second statement piece in a large space, but that second piece should be something related to the physical function of the room. For example your statement piece may be a chandelier and you could potentially have a statement dining table underneath it. But this is the exception rather than the rule so you should definitely err on the side of caution.
And to conclude
Before you get bogged with too many rules, remember that experimentation is key to anything creative. If you’re just getting your feet wet in the world of interior design, you might need to try out some styles before you’re comfortable.
You may see a statement piece that looks great, but perhaps you wouldn’t normally purchase because it’s outside of your comfort zone, give it a try. Sometimes you don’t know what you’re going to love until you get it into your space and play around. Creating a space should be fun and exciting as should be choosing that statement piece so don’t be afraid to make a few mistakes. Before you even know it, you’ll be able to spot the perfect statement piece in an instant so unleash that inner creative and experiment your way to your perfect new aesthetic.