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Making that feature piece work!

Have you ever fallen in love with a piece of furniture?

 I know I certainly have. I think I’m in love with all my furniture but it’s only true love with a few (sshhhhhh… don’t tell the others!) 

When you have an affinity for lusting after beautiful things, you tend to accumulate some… unique pieces. Making your stand-out, attention seeking pieces work within your existing space can be very tricky. Do you keep everything surrounding it really minimal and let the feature armchair shine or do you match it’s intensity and commit to the OTT level? I’m here to help today with my top 3 tips for making feature pieces work in your home!

 

 This black side table is a big feature in my space, so I like to style it with black books nearby to share the heavy “black” load in the space.
This black side table is a big feature in my space, so I like to style it with black books nearby to share the heavy “black” load in the space.

 

TIP 1: Make sure you really love it. Think about it… if this feature sofa is a “feature” now when you’re newly attached to it just imagine what a “feature” it’s going to be once you’ve lived with it for 12 months straight. Take some time to think about the investment involved in the perpetual existence of this bottle green velvet sofa in your life (this hypothetical sofa actually sounds amazing to me). Once you’re sure you can live with it for the next 5 years and can commit to working the rest of your home around it, only then can you hand over that credit card!

TIP 2: Work with the defining features of your piece. For example, if this feature item is a feature because of it’s bold colour, make sure to repeat that colour again somewhere in the room in a subtle way. You can do this through a detail on your scatter cushion fabric or a touch of the colour amongst an artwork print, or even using the colour in the spine of a coffee table book will do the trick. Think about this as supporting your feature item, making it feel like it belongs.

 

 The combination of my feature dining chairs & my more simplistic dining table work really well together!
The combination of my feature dining chairs & my more simplistic dining table work really well together!

 

TIP 3: Give your feature piece some breathing space. We’ve all heard the age old saying “Less Is More”. Now, I definitely don’t subscribe to that way of thinking but there are some lessons to be learnt in it. We want to highlight your feature piece in way that doesn’t make it too obvious. Keeping your surrounding pieces of furniture a little less complicated and charismatic will help your principal piece really shine in the space. For example, my dining chairs have a lot of character. They’re original mid-century modern with an olive green leather upholstery.. it’s needless to say, they’re talking loud. I really needed to keep my dining table a little bit more quiet and pared back to allow the chairs to shine through. I chose a simple silhouette with very subtle finishes that work nicely with the colouring of my chairs but don’t overwhelm them or even match them at all.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! Everything in your space doesn’t have to match and it’s okay for some pieces to get more attention that others. Your space is going to be feeling united in no time!

Until next time! xx