While flipping pages with your coffee mug of interior magazines, have you ever noticed one common element in all the pictures? Or do you ever wonder how do people exactly fit so many things into one frame and yet maintain minimalism? Is it the color tone of the room, or the size, or the style, or all the above that intrigues you the most?
Well! This article helps you with exactly the know-how of designing your room around a signature piece. The first question that you should consider is what is the prime commodity while designing – i.e., whether you have a fully furnished room and you want to place a signature piece in one of the corners/ elevations or you have a vacant room with your signature piece and you want to design around it. In either of the cases, the following theory will help you to come to better conclusions.
What could be possibly a signature piece? It could be furniture, artwork, color schemes or even fabrics that set a style, it will be the one feature to perfectly convey the right tone of your home’s true self. After all, if people don’t get a feel for your personality as soon as they walk into your room or space, how will they know if you actually live there?
Signature pieces work to create main focal points within your home by adding a desired element of interest, sophistication and even fun into an otherwise sterile, unloved space.
If you are in a situation that you need to choose your own signature piece, look for a piece that means something to you or something useful. It could be an artwork reminding you of your last trip to Ireland or it could be a swing right in the middle of the window. Anything that connects to you will fit well in the space that you live in.
Do remember that , irrespective of the size, you can use more than one signature piece in your room. Placing them subtly at an appropriate distance is the master key to the design. However, care should be taken that you do not distract the viewers from either of them.
Furniture in itself can actually work great as a signature piece in a room. Say, you already have a built in wardrobe in the main elevation of the room which simply dominates the existing space, try playing with finishes and colors to make it look less bulky. Other thing could be antique dining chairs from your grandfather’s time which is both functional and creative, and can easily be dressed or arranged to reflect sculpture and art.
Use the best features to your advantage and build the room up to match and complement it. The best way to do this is with considering the following points :
If your signature piece is quite dark in color, you can make the room both richer and darker to balance it or you can add much lighter colored elements accented with dark colors that match the piece to create a stark contrast. Or the other way to go about it is, if you have your signature piece as a dark toned recliner chair, shades of the same color could be used to create a subtle effects and accentuated with lamps and upholstery.
The style of the room makes a prominent difference while designing a space around a signature piece. If the signature piece is intricately ornate, you can introduce simpler pieces into the space to both contrast and balance it out, (in the same craft though) without distracting from the beauty of the piece. However if it is modern, designing the space around a similar context can uplift the whole ambience of the room.
The size of your piece needs to be taken into account too. A small room with huge and lofty furniture pieces could make the room full and hence lighter signature pieces in contrast could be used. . Likewise, if it’s small, keep things near it on the smaller side to keep it from being dwarfed. Trick is to not give too much weightage to the piece as well as the room. Go with the natural flow of the room and simply work with what you have to get a bolder look.
All a room really needs to achieve is one well-chosen signature piece or focal point that perfectly reflects you. So don’t worry about what your peers will say, just go out there, get the piece that you really want, and make that dull space pop!
At the end of the day it’s your own personal style. “Just play with rooms and areas and don’t be so stuck on a plan,” says Hayes. “Sometimes you have to shuffle and sometimes the smallest tweaks can make a really big difference and balance everything else out.”
Here’s one example to gist out the article –
The craft piece (mirror In the center) acts a s a focal point for the room. Light tones of upholstery, light metal bed, bedside lamp and the slender members of the windows (mullions) are considered while designing the above space.