7 Ways to Style Statement Furniture

Design is about adventure, the search for new frontiers that can’t always be expressed with words. So why is that so many of us play it safe with our interiors? Statement furniture, whether a designer chandelier or eccentric modern armchair represent the pinnacle of creativity, the essence of the designer distilled. It’s easy to feel like these iconic pieces of art couldn’t work in your home, when really they make for unforgettable interiors. Rather than missing out on a fabulous design opportunity, keep in mind these simple tricks and you’ll have everything you need to confidently style statement furniture in your own home.

A Balancing Act

Monster Dining Chair by Moooi

Stylish, sexy and born from the insatiable imagination of Marcel Wanders, the Monster Dining Chairs are an eye catching statement piece from eccentric Dutch brand, Moooi. The chairs design is said to embody the eternal battle that rages within all of us, the blurred line between vision and creation, passion and anger.

Moooi Monster Dining Chair - Diva Melange

When incorporating them into our modern showroom, Chaplins’ Creative Director, Ludovic opted for the Diva Melange Monster Chair in a rich burgundy. He paired them with the Round Container Table by Moooi, trusting in the natural appearance of oak to soften the dramatically designed chairs. Rather than try to match colour or texture, the round table subtly emphasises the chairs curved edges, striking the perfect aesthetic balance for a contemporary home.

Balancing opposites is key, in this instance the wooden pleated table skirt with the puffy quilted chair, light with dark, natural and synthetic.

Dream Big

For those who feel slightly hesitant about incorporating bold furniture into shared living spaces, consider introducing a more adventurous piece in the bedroom. Phillip Starck once said that good design is about creating a stage where people can be “sexier and more brilliant, a place where they can awake smarter”. Wake up feeling regal with the oversized headboard of Cattelan Italia’s Ludovic Bed, which pays homage to the opulent grandeur of French palaces.

Ludovic Bed by Cattelan Italia - Resized

Tiers of Joy

We live in a visually over saturated society. Advertisements, screens, neon lights, they all work overtime for our attention, so the last thing you want when you arrive home from work is to surround yourself in an environment where there is too much going on. The focus here is on creative interiors that inspire not overwhelm.

Angelpoise 1227 Giant Floor Lamp - Hannah Bort Styling

Position your standout pieces on different levels, a Fritz Hansen pendant light with a Mineheart rug, or a classic Knoll armchair with the Anglepoise 1227 Giant Floor Lamp. Truly make full use of the space you have on offer in the room and don’t be afraid to let well positioned statement furniture in to help tell your interior story.

Flying Solo

B&B Italia Up - Resized

We’ve touched on it briefly above, but balancing every aspect of your room requires no small degree of planning. Take a step back and get a feel for the space you’re trying to create. Don’t be surprised if simply by moving a few objects around you’re left with an entirely new interior.

In doing so, think about which objects will surround your statement piece. If your statement item is the type of leading lady that needs no introduction, give her space to work her magic in the room. If you need illumination in that corner, opt for a slender floor lamp or a dainty pendant lamp.  Louis Poulsen’s AJ Floor Lamp or Established & Sons Torch S1 Pendant Light offers a focused moment of brightness that won’t steal the show.

Three’s A Crowd

Perf Sideboard by Moroso - Chaplins

A quirky colour scheme can be just the thing to help show off your statement pieces. In the image above, Amanda Smith-Corston expert use of colours enables the juxtaposition of both classic and contemporary elements. The Perf Sideboard and Fishbone Side Table by Moroso sit in perfect harmony with Cassina’s LC1 Armchair and Superleggera Dining Chair despite being designed over 50 years apart.

As a general rule, we recommend sticking with three colours, one for a base and the other two as complimentary shades. Try to steer clear of matching your walls and furniture unless you’re able to break things up with a intermediary feature wall.

The Golden Touch

Gubi Multi Lite, De Salto Table

Gone are the days of matching beige with brown, interior designers now favour the use of bronze and copper to help co-ordinate statement furniture from different eras and brands. Interior Stylist and Creative Director, Hannah Bort, exemplifies this perfectly, using metallic accents as the unifying dynamic for this stylish room set.

The introduction of Gubi’s Multi-Lite Pendant and a crisp metallic skirting provides a fresh update to monochrome interiors, ensuring Desalto’s statement Clay Dining Table doesn’t become too dark or overpowering. Get the rest of the look with Galotti & Radice’s Tama Bar Cabinet and the IC Lights F1 Floor Lamp by Flos.

A Quick Fix

Smooth by Gan - Chaplins

If you’re not quite ready to commit to an entire statement room, a designer rug or feature wall is the perfect first step for experimenting with bold design. The Mosaiek rug by GAN injects warmth and colour into neutral interiors while a modern wallpaper from London Art or Mineheart is a great temporary option for transforming your interior.

We hope that these quick tips have given you all the motivation you need to experiment with statement furniture in your home. Need further inspiration?  Pop into the Chaplins showroom to view our exciting new room sets from the likes of Moooi, Knoll, B&B Italia, Gubi, Porada, Cattelan Italia, Ligne Roset and many more. Or better still, contact one of our friendly professionals who would be happy to help you style our statement designer furniture in your own home.

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