How to Reinvent Your Living Room With a Single Swap
This is how you make a statement.
Published Sep 4, 2019 5:41 PM
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.