Published on January 31, 2019

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When it comes to decorating our homes, we tend to rely on small-scale accessories to function as the focal point of a room. Erring on the side of caution, we opt for a vibrant piece of wall art or a colorful throw blanket to provide a burst of personality—after all, it’s a low-commitment design decision we can swap out just as easily as we can bring in. But where’s the fun in that?

Rather than play it safe, we’re advocating a bold approach. In the spirit of taking decorative leaps, consider furniture that commands attention in a room without overshadowing its surround. Though an investment, a blush velvet sofa or brass coffee table instantly changes the look and feel of a space. Consider them the quintessential statement pieces. Ready to take the plunge? These are the 16 best pieces of furniture, big and small, that will instantly transform your space.

Sofas

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Henry Sofa, ABC Pure by Cisco, $9,990

It’s not often that we come across a sofa upholstered in dark linen, but if this piece is any indication, it’s a vibe we can definitely get behind.

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Stacks Bench, Another Human, price upon request

Ditch the sofa altogether and opt for this choose-your-own-adventure seating solution for a more laid-back feel.

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Halo Sofa, Skrivo for Softline, $2,450

This color-blocked look has us seriously swooning—not to mention the mix-and-match build that’s sure to transform even the most dated living rooms.

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Vera Sofa, Anthropologie, $2,598

Few materials are capable of commanding attention quite like velvet. This ultra-curvy option is available in an array of colors, but we’re definitely partial to the blush (the cinnamon is a close second).

Tables

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Dune Coffee Table, Bower, $4,800

With its rippled top, streamlined design, and gray-tinted glass top, Bower’s take on a coffee table exudes effortless cool at its finest.

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Darbuka Black Coffee Table, CB2, $699

Set on a matte black steel base, this structural coffee table is composed of cement and a blend of granite, marble, and stone powders to form one seriously bold statement piece.

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Slit Coffee Table, HAY, $695

A little touch of luster never hurt, and this Scandi-approved coffee table, with its origami-inspired build, is here to prove just that.

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Palette Coffee Table, Jaime Hayon for and Tradition, $4,049

Allow your coffee table to be more than just storage for books and curated trays. Consider this proof that it can be a multidimensional surface prime for hours of admiration.

Lighting

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Floor Lamp, Entler Studio, $2,585

Sci-Fi lighting has made a comeback—for better or for worse, we don’t quite know yet. For now, we’re embracing this ceramic, brass-detailed floor lamp in all its glory.

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Fresnel Cube Lamp, Sean Augustine March, $1,700

With its iridescent finish and inspired spectrum of neon hues found within, this cube light is an optical illusion that’ll surely capture attention.

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Lantern Floor Lamp, Apparatus, $6,400

Part Art Deco, part contemporary, this artful accent is composed of a porcelain cast set atop a luxe brass base with punctuated fluting and a seriously sleek finish.

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Linea LED, Seletti, price varies

Bring in a punchy dose of color courtesy of this inventive take on fluorescent lighting from Milan-based design studio Seletti.

Lounge Chairs

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Tubby Armchairs, Coming Soon, $1,500

Few decorative details steal the spotlight quite like a high-contrast color-block moment coupled with a rich, textured accent.

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P2 Lavinia Exagonal Armchair, Lazzarini & Pickering for Marta Sala Éditions, $7,820

This throne-like chair is quite nearly fit for royalty and thus a natural contender for the ultimate statement seat.

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Traffic Armchair, Magis, $2,196

Minimalism comes with a generous color detail, which transforms a standard lounge into the spotlight-stealing element of any room it lives in.

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Gehry Wiggle Side Chair, MoMA, $1,175

An artful piece that’s meant to be the focal point of a room, this Frank Gehry–designed structure is about as statement-making as it gets.

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