Do you ever look at your room and think, something is off? I was looking at my fall mantel and it hit me. I don’t have a lot of seasonal decorations because I don’t have space to store it. The issue with my decorations wasn’t that I don’t have pretty things, it’s that EVERYTHING IS SMALL. The problem is scale.
I realized this as I was taking pictures of my mantel. I’ve got candles, fall branches, a little bit of copper but what I don’t have is anything large enough to make a statement. I developed a new rule for my seasonal decor. Invest in ONE thing that is large enough to be seen if you don’t have the time or space to have many things.
So when you start thinking about your decorating projects this year, don’t settle all small stuff. Put your money towards that one large focal point so it has visual impact in your space. This is especially true if you live in an apartment or condo with less storage space and see seasonal decorations as being temporary.
What Is a Statement Piece?
Are you wondering, what qualifies as a statement piece? I’m going to tell you the answer isn’t always an expensive item. In my (humble) opinion, a statement piece is simply something that makes a room look good and grabs attention.
Here are a few ideas for things that can be used to make a statement.
- A piece of art that you love.
- An unusual lamp or chandelier.
- A large vase wtih seasonal flowers or stems
- A statement wall treatment
- A bold upholstered chair
The only rule is that it needs to be something large enough that if a new person walks in the room it will be the one thing they notice. If you quickly glance at a photo of your space is there one thing that catches your eye? If not, you might have lots of pretty things but your eye has nothing to focus on.
Here are a few examples that I’m considering to improve up my fall decor. If you know me, you know I love to shop ETSY for one-of-a-kind ideas.
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- Recycled glass vases with fall foliage
- Maple leaf tree ring print
- Chunky fall garland
- Fresh Magnolia Garland (made to order, or if you want to DIY see here).
I hope this helps you avoid some of the decorating mistakes that I’ve made. If you’re looking for something to start with, one good place to start is investing in a statement piece. It doesn’t need to have a large price tag but it will make your space feel more complete. The key is only investing in ONE of these items so you don’t overwhelm the rest of your space.