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6 rules for statement decorating – It just takes one thing

Linwood's marketing director, John Smigielski, explores this growing trend in the world of interiors

6 rules for statement decorating –  It just takes one thing

One of the big interior trends this season is expressing your individuality in your home décor. So, if something special has caught your eye, consider treating yourself. Choosing one, eye-catching design can transform any room, introducing a fun, unexpected element that sets your home apart. However, a little word of warning. You need to think carefully about where you place the piece and how you to make it work with your overall interior. Read on to discover insider tips that will help you successfully bring the ‘one’ into your home.


1 We love intentional mismatching – it keeps things fresh


To embed the chosen piece into your room, think about mixing materials such as new and old, formal, and homespun. Playing with contrasts in such a fashion stops the scheme looking too matchy-matchy. Luxurious velvet fabric, Double Dragon looks stunning on this high-back sofa with its elegant, tapered legs, but this scheme could easily have become too formal, so we added seagrass flooring, a contemporary wicker round table – the shape also introduces a relaxed vibe – and rustic, terracotta planters. The accessories add unusual layers, creating a look that oozes quiet sophistication.


2 Choose a focal point for maximum impact



For your statement piece to stand out, make it the focal point. We’ve picked a conversational ottoman for this hall, but this piece could work equally well in a sitting room or dressing room; if you are lucky enough to have one. This scheme is simple in its composition – the sweeping staircase and tiled floor frame the piece like a picture and the enchanting landscape of abstract clouds of the printed velvet fabric, Kimono Dreams echoes the curves of the ottoman. Colours found on the velvet upholstery fabric – blue and green – are calming, relaxing and peaceful, setting the right first impression.


3 Don't go with the obvious


In a room that’s often simple and quiet, a statement headboard can be a functional yet amazing decor piece. Nightfall velvet looks beautiful on this headboard. The fabric tells so many stories, from the wonders of tricking waterfalls to shooting star showers – what could be more magical in a bedroom setting? For tranquillity, we chose a calming green wall and picked out the pink and turquoise elements of the fabric in scatter cushions. Simple and beautiful but possibly rather safe. However, when it came to accessories, stylist Holly Bruce broke the ‘rules’ by opting for non-symmetrical styling. ‘I picked one bedside table – an antique ceramic stool – and a floor-standing lamp on the other side to show that the extravagant design on the headboard can still work in a slightly less formal environment, in anyone’s home. Don’t be afraid to play, sometimes the unexpected just works.’


4 Keep it simple


Don’t these chairs – covered in Albertine Summer Rose look stunning against a neutral background… the overall look feels cohesive and modern. Sometimes less really is more… by keeping the accessories simple: just two mid-century style wall lights and a picture that draws its colour palette from the florals. Quiet, assured and very effective. Statement armchairs are one of the most versatile pieces of furniture, they can just add that little ‘extra’ touch of energy and comfort anywhere in the home, so see if one of your rooms could benefit from one.


5 Access colours that complement


Making a decorating statement in your home isn’t just about choosing furniture. Adding statement wallpaper such as Yanagi with its beautiful landscape of mountains, willows and Oriental-style buildings is surely one of the simplest ways to transform a room adding pattern, print and a plethora of tones in an instant. They work in any room, so don’t keep them just for traditional spaces such as the sitting room or bedroom. To cement the chosen design within your scheme, think about complimentary colours. Here, the dado and panelling pick up the pale pink of the design while the tiled floor adds a whimsical note.


6 Style with an element of surprise


Sometimes it’s good to throw out the rule book. ‘We chose to compliment this fabric with a vibrant fluorescent pipe,’ says stylist, Holly Bruce, ‘as it brought out the bright spots of pink in the energetic design. We added symmetry to the shot by having two curtains trimmed in Omega Carmine which gave what would have otherwise been a very traditional upholstery piece, an amazingly contemporary feel. The fluorescent wire fish sculpture was the perfect find, as it was quirky and unique.’ 


It’s good to think about the details, but don’t forget the one golden rule for statement decorating: make it big, make it bold, make it something you love.