Is your living room feeling a bland? Fear not, the answer could be in a single item. The right statement piece can work as an anchor and set the tone for the entire room. Just don’t go overboard when you’re trying to liven things up. One eye-catching item per room is all you need to take your room from drab to fab.
An oversize or really unique piece of wall art creates an instant focal point in any room. Not only can it be eye-catching, but it can be a great way to determine your room’s color palette. Pull a few colors from the artwork and use them throughout the room. Depending on the layout of your room consider hanging a piece over a mantle or over a sofa. Just make sure it has enough room to breathe and isn’t crowded by other items.
Nothing draws ooh and ahhs like a beautiful chandelier hanging in an unexpected place. While usually reserved for dining rooms, a chandelier can make an unexpected but very welcome statement in a living room.
Hang it in the center of the room or over the main seating area – whichever is the most practical spot in your space.
A bold feature wall can have a big impact in any space. Paint and wallpaper are both good options and can be easily changed if you tire of them. (Wallpaper often comes in peel and stick versions for those who don’t trust traditional wallpaper and glue). When you really want to make a statement opt for something bold in either color or pattern (or both). A striking pattern is a particularly good option when you want a take-notice space.
Never forget what’s underfoot. Area rugs offer a wonderful opportunity to make a statement, particularly when used in rooms that are a little on the bland side. If your room is neutral think about what a bold rug could do for it. It might not be a good idea for commitment-phobes, but for risk-takers who are craving excitement, a striking area rug can do the trick.
Furniture needs to be practical, but that doesn’t mean it can’t also be exciting! A really unique piece with an interesting shape or bold fabric can steal the spotlight in any room. Just remember never to trade in practicality for wow factor. A good piece can achieve both.
Mantels are natural focal points, and carved mantels add pizzazz in the most wonderful way. If you don’t already have one and you want a striking statement piece consider installing one of these beauties. Custom jobs can be very expensive but finding a mantle second hand is not difficult, and usually not expensive.
What goes better over a mantle than an elaborate mirror? To draw people’s eye (not to mention their admiration) opt for an oversize mirror with a carved frame. When it comes to statement pieces oversize is the way to go. And 19th C gilt mirrors are always a winning style.
Don’t be afraid to go bold with a brightly colored window treatment. Curtains and drapes in particular are great because they have a huge visual impact in a room, yet they’re easy to replace if and when you crave a change.