5 Statement Pieces for Your Home

5 Statement Pieces for Your Home

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Whether you’re decorating a new space or trying to refresh outdated décor, you want to create a look that goes beyond your basic model home and says something about who you are. A great way to make an impact in any room is to add a statement piece that highlights your personality and design aesthetic. Here are five that will transform your home.

1. Chandelier

You may think of a chandelier adorning a grand entryway or illuminating a dining room table, but the right chandelier can make a statement in any room. Chandeliers are fixtures that hang down from the ceiling with lights that face upward (as opposed to pendant lights that face down), and can provide good general lighting in most rooms. Whether your style is rustic or modern, classic or eclectic, there is a chandelier that will fit your design scheme. To make a real statement, hang a chandelier in an unexpected place, like the bathroom, a baby’s nursery or reading nook.

2. Art

An oversized piece of art is a great way to display what you find beautiful or interesting, but the scale of the art will become a focal point of the room. Draw inspiration from the colors or shapes in the piece to choose the rest of the fabrics and textures in the room. If an original work of art is out of your budget, look for a framed print that speaks to you, or buy a large canvas and create something simple yourself. Not ready to commit to a work of art? An oversized, decorative mirror will have a similar effect, but with the added bonus of making a room look bigger and lighter.

3. Floor to ceiling built-in bookshelves

There is something both dramatic and warm about a wall filled with books. Beyond a library or office space, built-in bookshelves make a statement when surrounding a picture window, television, child’s room or arched doorway. Place books randomly, by color or interspersed with interesting objects.

4. Furniture

When it comes to decorating your home, there is nothing more fun than a really dramatic or unexpected piece of furniture — whether it’s a vintage coffee table; high-gloss, brightly colored dining room table; plush headboard; or a funky occasional chair. But when the statement piece you want to use is furniture, you also have to consider the other furniture in that room, so that you are complementing rather than detracting from the statement piece’s impact.

5. Wallpaper

Wallpaper can make a big impact in any room. Forget the dull flower patterns of the 80’s and check out the bold, beautiful prints of today that will catch the eye and make a statement. Wallpaper can make a statement through design, like big contrasting stripes or gorgeous leaf patterns, colors, like metallics or neons, or texture, like beading and fabric. Use wallpaper sparingly so as not to overwhelm a room or make a small room feel smaller.

The key to making a statement with your home décor is to choose one or two things in each room to highlight. Don’t be afraid to go bold with a statement piece like a chandelier, art, bookshelves, furniture or wallpaper, and create a home that speaks to you.

Amy Scalia
Publisher & CEO - Amy Scalia, a Cincinnati native, is the editor in chief and publisher of Cincy Chic. Send her an e-mail at ascalia@cincychic.com. From growing up in the cornfields of Harrison and getting a Mass Communications B.A. degree in the bubble of Oxford, to living on the NKY side of the river in Newport and then Ft. Thomas, Amy Scalia has embraced Cincinnati with her presence. Her major life accomplishments include: being a mom of two girls and a boy, a 2010 "40 Under 40" recipient from the Cincinnati Business Courier, winning the "Best New Product/Service of the Year" Award from the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and a national Web-writing award from ASHPE in 2007, a national feature writing award from ASBPE in 2006, and running three Flying Pig Marathons.