Guest Picks: Showpieces for Strong Visual Impact
Sometimes you need to splurge on that one piece of furniture, artwork or wallpaper that will become the pivotal focus of your room. That piece can serve as your jumping-off point to inspire a whole room, or it can simply bring an existing space from drab to fab. One thing's for sure: It needs to make an impact. — Gabrielle from Savvy Home
Nothing makes a big impact better than a sculptural and bright velvet sofa. The tailored proportions make it ideal for a small to mid-size space. The color would work wonders with a darker plum or charcoal wall.
Pair Tessellated Horn Chairs
I think "tessellated horn and horsehair-upholstered seats" say it all. This happy 1970s pair of armchairs is not only dramatic in shape, but also warm in tone. They will instantly cozy up a cooler room.
Champs-Elysées Chandelier - $43,500
This truly stunning two-tier glass and gilded masterpiece is certainly not for everyone's budget, but it's certainly an investment piece. It can also serve as a great inspiration point to find a vintage alternative.
Sofa 3031 - $6,172.75
Swedish design is at its best with this bright and bold four-seater sofa upholstered in a leafy Joseph Frank fabric. It would certainly make a great impact surrounded by more traditional items in a family room.
Mini Skirt Drinks Table
Add a touch of whimsy to a more formal room with this table by Bunny Williams. This wood table is carved in a draped fabric shape as a great modern take on a classic. It would work well mixed with patterned fabrics in a slightly rustic environment.
Foxglove Wallpaper, Orange and Purple - GBP 49
The Foxglove wallpaper by F. Schumacher has a neutral base and a bright and bold pattern. It's not for the fainthearted; however, it can really make an incredible impact in a room or on a single wall.
Frontier Moroccan Aqua Hand-Woven Wool Rug - $63
This rug is not necessarily the boldest of all, but its large Moroccan tile–inspired pattern mixed with tones of turquoise and hunter green makes it an ideal foundation to a moody room in blues and greens.
Margot Pillow - $250
This pillow is not only great because of its beautiful paisley pattern and chevron trim, but it's also a ready-made pillow made to look custom. This means in can be propped anywhere for a quick and easy statement.
Demilune Round Chest - $1,112.22
This geometric cubes pattern is very en vogue right now, so why not make the most of it on a dresser like this demilune piece by Steven Shell?
Lotis Bar Cabinet
Want to add a dash of old-fashioned chic to your space? Nothing will achieve that better than a bar cabinet. This modern take on an Asian-inspired cabinet will mix old charm with contemporary lines. All you need now is a bright wallpaper inside and a classic cocktail.
Enchanted Forest Side Table, Polished - $580
In a classic and neutral space full of creams and off-whites, you need neutral pieces that will add texture to the space. This Enchanted Forest side table can do just that.
Casablanca Side Chair
This is what I like to call a classic statement. The Casablanca chair by Schumacher comes in virtually any wood color and fabric upholstery you can imagine. But even left in its black and white state, the beautifully patterned back says it all.
Lacquered Faux Tortoise Shell Coffee Table
This lacquered faux tortoiseshell coffee table has the ideal proportions and weight to bring a mid-sized living space to life. The color of the tortoiseshell will instantly warm up even the coldest of rooms, and the bold pattern will draw the eye in.