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How to Make a Statement Piece Work in Your Home

A statement piece can elevate your home, but implementing it can be tricky. Make a statement piece work in your home with these three points.

Crafting a pleasing home interior usually means creating a consistent atmosphere that transcends any one piece of décor or furniture. If too many furnishings or accessories visually clash, the ensemble can look accidental or unfashionable and quickly overwhelm the senses, regardless of how nice each component is by itself. But if you stick to what’s safe, then your home will have much less excitement and individuality. Sometimes, what you truly need to take a room to greater heights is an attention-grabbing item. We’ll advise you on how to make a statement piece work in your home with these points.

Balance the Colors

Paper color palette on cardboard box
Paper color palette on cardboard box

Color is a feature of any décor item that has a huge effect on how people perceive it. When you’re trying to learn how to make a statement piece work in your home, you should keep in mind its color interactions with the room. Consider obtaining the statement piece in a contrasting color from that of the space to emphasize the piece. To determine what that opposing hue is, look up an image of a color wheel. Colors that are directly across the wheel from one another are complementary. For example, blue and orange are complementary colors, so they’ll intensify when juxtaposed together. Even though complementary colors are opposites, they’ll still create a sense of overall balance in the room, especially when one color is dominant across the furnishings and decorations while the other is used with restraint in a singular statement piece.

Contrast the Style

Another feature of your statement piece that you can purposefully contrast is style. This refers to the design, shape, and texture that gives an item its look. Take a room designed to set an airy tone. It may include desaturated, soft hues; breezy fabrics; and smooth furniture. If you add a decoration that has a busy, weightier design, such as a bold painting, it will stand out among the other pieces. Once again, the key is to make sure your statement piece doesn’t overshadow everything else too greatly. If it attracts attention with its shape, you might scale it down in size to keep it cohesive with your more modest decorations. If the pattern contrasts with the room, you could make sure its shape is cohesive with the rest of the room.

Use a Primary Piece

Open room with rug
Open room interior with striped rug, white bed, plants, and wooden furniture

Your statement piece is meant to be seen, so choose a central item as the focal point. Instead of selecting a small table that sits off to the side as the item into which you want to inject an extra dose of personality, it may be better to choose a bed or sofa that will define the room. This will make your statement piece come off as intentional and integrated into the room instead of oddly random and off-putting.

One of the simplest primary pieces to use as a statement is a rug. Since rugs ground a space and become the foundation on which you arrange your other pieces, they always feel central to a room’s appearance. Get in the know about modern rug trends to find one that draws attention in a contemporary way.


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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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