SOMETHING TO SAY
Elevate home decor with a statement piece that pops
BY TRACEY MORGAN | OWNER, TRACEY MORGAN GALLERY
A statement piece, as its name implies, is an object or work of art that stands out when you walk into a room. It’s a final piece that elevates the room and, in some cases, completes it.
A statement piece can have bright colors, bold textures, or interesting materials. It could be something that hangs over your couch or sits on your mantle. It could even be a piece of furniture, like the popular Noguchi coffee table by Herman Miller. It doesn’t have to be an original, per se; it could be a fabulous vintage poster in a period frame. Whatever it is, and whatever it looks like, a statement piece can add a touch of refinement or even edgy vibes to your home.
In general, most people design their living spaces to be calming and comfortable, so things work together. The couch works with the drapes that match the area rug that complement the wall color. But a statement piece brings pop, reflects your own unique personality, and demands attention when you enter a room.
If you’re considering a piece of art for this purpose, I always tell people to think about whether they can live with the artwork on a daily basis. Apart from big collectors, most people aren’t going to rehang the art in their home on a monthly or yearly basis, so they have to love it. Ask yourself, “do I want to look at this for years to come?”
Be prepared to talk about your statement piece! If it stands out, your guests are going to ask questions about what it means or where you got it. In my own gallery, I try to educate clients on the artist and whether there was a purpose behind the work they created. I supply them with a press packet and, when it’s available, an artist statement. But I also have many clients who choose a work that doesn’t need an explanation. These people are drawn to pieces with color or texture over content, and that is perfectly okay.
When deciding where to place your artwork, make sure to choose a location that allows it to hold the attention it deserves—a place that doesn’t compete with other bold pieces of furniture or art. It will look best when accompanied by tables, chairs, plants or lamps that enhance it—but nothing that screams for equal attention.
Lastly, if you’re hanging art on a wall, consider painting the wall a color that helps it pop. Hire a professional art installer to make sure the pieces are level, hung at the right height, evenly spaced out, and securely attached to the wall. Lighting is also important. A professional can help you make the right choices and avoid direct sunlight, which can damage and/or fade anything not behind UV-protected materials. ◊◊
Tracey Morgan, owner, Tracey Morgan Gallery