One good statement piece

August 28, 2014

Every room needs one good statement piece.  Statement pieces start conversations, display a sense of humor, style and taste.  They can be anything from a collection of antique books, to a unique statue or a fabulous piece of furniture.  The term objet d’art perfectly summarizes the idea of a statement art piece.

The Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines the term “objet d’art” as an article of some artistic value.  While an entry in Wikipedia lists it as a work of art that is neither a painting nor a sculpture, but rather a smaller piece of decorative art, such as metalwork, ivory carvings, gilded boxes, or non-utilitarian glass or porcelain pieces.

This transitional living room is chock full of artistic elements. The stag head above the fireplace makes quite the statement while bringing in that element of awe. Your eye is drawn to it immediately.  Each of the built in book cases is well styled showing off a few objet d’ art too.

The ceiling medallions pop against the dark gray wall.  Their textural design elements lend a bit of artistic interest without being boring.  I love this as an alternative to hanging plates on a wall. They are larger and stand out more than a 12″ plate or platter may. Rounding out the look is a coffee table that is a work of art in itself.

This room is perhaps my favorite. It’s symmetrical with a ton of whimsy.  The concept of creating a Koi pond against the wall is delightful isn’t it?  The white Koi juxtaposed with the aqua blue walls really makes a statement and creates an unexpected artistic feature wall. Each accessory piece incorporated into the room plays on the idea of objet d’ art. From the tables, the lamps and the lattice work around the Koi Pond.

Depending on the uniqueness, anyone of these examples would add that sought after statement piece to a room.  I’ve rounded up my favorite statement pieces for your viewing pleasure……

objet d'art collage


Starting from the top: Crab tray,  Polpo Trinket dish (anthropology), Chaos table lamp (interior deluxe), woven metal trash can,  Magician Statue (anthropology) Faceted Glass Vases (anthropology)


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