Transforming Spaces: The Art of Statement Pieces
The statement piece has the power to make or ruin a room: done well, they can transform a mundane space into a striking, engaging space replete with character and style; done poorly, they can create a discordant effect that you’d rather avoid.
Ranging from bold art or ornaments, through to light fittings, wallpaper, furniture, or floor coverings, a statement piece should do what its name implies: make a statement – the right kind of statement.
So for a space that says ‘look at me’ to visitors and is a pleasure to spend time in, follow these six rules on the art of using statement pieces in your home.
- Don’t clutter up
The cardinal rule of using statement pieces is simple: less is more. It depends on the size of the room, but broadly speaking one or two distinctive, well-chosen pieces will create a space that’s striking and engages the eye. Many more than this will make the room look like a jumble sale and scream ‘cheap and messy’ more than ‘stylish and attractive’.
- Play with composition
The positioning of a statement piece can be just as important as the nature of the object itself. Trial and error is the best way of knowing whether you’ve got it right. Stand back from the room or come back to it after half an hour to see it with fresh eyes. Make sure the things that stand out are the things that are meant to, and if it doesn’t work, try another composition until it does.
- Get creative
If you’re tight on money or space, remember that a statement piece doesn’t need to be an expensive piece of art or something big and impressive. Reupholster an armchair in striking fabric, decoupage a dresser, or wallpaper one wall with an arresting design for a stand-out element that gives your room that ‘wow’ factor. Mirrors are a great way to add a sense of space, and many statement pieces can be created cheaply or even for free.
- Go for contrast
Statement pieces work best when they’re completely different from anything else in the room. In fact, if they don’t contrast with the theme, they’re not statement pieces. Look for something that contradicts the rest of your décor; mix dark with light, bold with subdued, busy with plain, and angles with curves.
- Keep your common colours
Although contrast is key, you do need to have a common theme running through the room to give it the cohesion and unity that makes it a pleasant place to be. This doesn’t mean a monotone room, but it does mean that statement pieces work best when they echo or complement an existing colour in one or two other aspects.
- Think outside the box
The best statement pieces are memorable things that make a visitor halt in their tracks and say ‘wow!’ For a contemporary feel that isn’t an echo of everyone else’s house, be brave and push the boundaries of ‘nice’.
This means keeping your eyes open for quirky, striking, or seemingly mundane objects that can be transplanted in without alteration, or changed in some way to make them even more interesting. Second hand shops, boot sales, the beach, the forest, or even the local tip (make sure you clean it first) are good places to find unappreciated objects with great statement-piece potential.
With this list of tips for enhancing your home with statement pieces, there’s no excuse for boring, drab spaces; start putting these guidelines into action today for exciting interior style.