Adding a Statement Piece With a Strong Personality

Adding a Statement Piece With a Strong Personality

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Kim Lucian
Jul 8, 2011

While it's often said you should play it safe and go neutral with your furniture and take risks with accessories that are easy to change up, choosing to break the rules and purchase a statement piece can really anchor and set the tone for a room.

While this probably isn't for the commitment-phobic, if your statement piece reflects your personal style and if you choose wisely it can make a big impact.

A few things to keep in mind…

1. To keep a statement piece from feeling over the top and to help it blend with the rest of your furnishings choose a classic style with a strong color or pattern (such as the wonderful example of a French country living room featuring boldly patterned upholstery fabric by artist Sonia Delaunay, shown above from Elle Decor) or opt for a dramatic shape in a classic color. It's best to choose only one element to play up.

2. Don't have too many competitive elements in the room. The opposite to the "neutral furniture/bold accessory" rule applies here. While this doesn't mean every single accessory has to be neutral, too many statement pieces in a room can make it feel disparate.

3. Use it as a guide when styling the rest of your room. If you choose to go with a strong pattern, pick up shades of colors in it elsewhere to help tie things together. If you choose to go with a solid color in a strong hue, playing with complimentary tones feels harmonious and can make your piece really pop.

4. Consider the style. While you don't want your room to end up feeling too staged, incorporating pieces that pick up on the style or era of your statement piece can make it feel cohesive.

Image: Elle Decor

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