Why It Works: Statement-Making Upholstered Furniture
Every room should have at least one eye-catching feature. This could range from a piece of art to a bold accent pillow to a unique table. In more unusual instances, it’s a bigger-ticket item like a sofa or chair. One of the cardinal rules of decorating is to begin with a neutral foundation and add statement pieces in smaller doses. After all, it can be frustrating to spend so much money on a basic piece that should last years, only to tire of it when the next wave of trends hit. But the rules were made to be broken. We’ve rounded up our favourite bold upholstered furniture that kicked each room up a notch. Read on to see our picks, and get inspired to add a bold piece of furniture to your own space.
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This pair of sofas may be the perfect shade of blue, providing just the right pop of colour to accent this neutral, modern living room outside of Paris. Choosing sofas with a streamlined shape ensures a seamless fit with their contemporary yet muted counterparts.
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Colourful barstools are a lovely complement to the patterned backsplash used in this eclectic kitchen. A textbook example of print mixing, this kitchen has loads of character but is well balanced by classic features such as a butcher-block island and limestone floors.
With beautiful blue accents, a thatched roof, and crisp white walls, this living room is beach chic at its best. While we love the whole room, the patterned side chairs are particularly striking. The print is evocative of batik but feels a bit more upmarket thanks to the unique shape of the chairs. Repeating the pattern in the accent pillows on the adjacent sofa creates continuity while the use of a similar pattern on the walls beyond makes the space feel cohesive despite the use of several different shades of blue.
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This ’60s-inspired living room has no shortage of statement-making seating, but the colourful settee steals the show. The conversation piece adds a rebellious touch to the otherwise formal space and provides a playful perch from which to gaze at the ocean beyond.
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This burnt-orange sofa is an unexpected addition to a mostly white space. The luxe velvet fabric would feel quite formal on a sofa with this traditional shape. But the unusual hue gives the seating area a casual yet relaxed vibe. The Moroccan-inspired floor cushions artfully echo the rusty shade without repeating it, and add to the room’s collected feel.
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This colourful, contemporary living room is full of geometric elements, and the unusual ottomans are no exception. The ovular pieces stand out among the space’s graphic décor due to their unexpected light blue colour and unique shape. They play well with the angular accent chairs and diamond-patterned rug while also echoing the shape of the spirited art above the sofa.
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This Ibiza living room was made for lounging. The majority of the room projects a mellow, rustic vibe due to a largely subdued colour palette and organic accents like reclaimed wood beams. But the fun pink-and-red accent chair injects the space with a sense of energy that pays homage to the island’s famous party scene.
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A modern, muted colour palette gets a dose of creative vigour with the addition of an emerald green sofa. The velvet fabric lends the space a sense of warmth without taking away from the room’s contemporary look.
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This sitting room is classic London. It’s prim and proper with simple moulding, ivory walls, and formal window treatments. These foundational elements are demure, but the red accent chair with an ikat-print back adds a subtle flair to the room. The use of a similar pattern for the sofa unifies the space.
We love the gorgeous raspberry-hued statement chair in this arresting entryway in a home designed by Kelly Wearstler and Clements Design. Not only is the shape unique, but it also manages to make a typically old-fashioned colour feel current. It’s the perfect accent for the wood-toned walls and stone floor.
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These austere chairs feel anything but, thanks to the addition of youthful indigo upholstery. We love the pairing of dark wood tones with the rich blue hues. These staid chairs feel offbeat in the best way.
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With bright pink walls, ornate woodwork, and diamond-patterned windows, this sitting area could have been gorgeous with the most understated furniture. But filling it with three unique chairs and globally inspired accents creates a lively setting. It’s nothing short of fabulous.