Oversize lights, prints, kitchen islands and more show that larger-than-life decor is taking off
Sometimes you don’t need glitzy crystals or flashy materials to create drama with your lighting. Oversize pendants have been popular for a while, but they only seem to be getting bigger.
A few pendants in a simple shape on a large scale create a statement above an island, over a dining table, in an entryway or even over a seating group. Let the pendants (two to three added together) be a total width that’s over two-thirds of the width of the surface below to give an island or dining table a strong punctuation mark.
For this project of ours, we created a customized mural print as a wallpaper treatment to give this kitchen a sense of life. Because it would be one of a kind, we wanted to make sure it really made a statement, so we had the leaves and birds scaled to roughly life size. The lush hues are natural and livable, so the pattern is eye-catching but not overwhelming.
A large island, one that even extends beyond the lines of the cabinetry and into an adjacent space, gives you plenty of room to prep and cook, but also to pull up a stool and dine in comfort.
Consider skipping the eat-in dining table in a nearby nook, and instead extend your island for a more multifunctional design approach.
In today’s market full of “condo-size” furnishings, many homeowners think it’s best to choose compact pieces and fit in as many seats as possible.
However, sometimes all you really want is a great single seat that you can curl up in for true comfort.
Gallery-style displays have had their day, but the big look for walls in 2018 and beyond is the use of singular oversize art pieces that let the eye focus on one thing instead of a montage of tiny images. After all, we already get enough of those as we stare at our little screens all day, so when it comes to dressing the walls, it’s a good opportunity to give your eyes a break.
Want to make an artistic statement on your wall while also visually doubling the size of your room? A large-scale mirror in a simple black frame looks like a piece of art, while also expanding your sight lines to give the illusion of a much bigger space.
Try using a round mirror like this instead of the usual rectangular shape to soften the edges of a crisp, modern room.
There are so many flooring materials to choose from, but whether you choose stone, wood or porcelain, consider using a big, wide tile or plank to make a strong statement that grounds the space.
A large-format tile reduces the amount of grout needed, which in turn helps create the look of a single seamless surface. On the other hand, a large stone tile or wood plank helps show off the natural character of the material, for a rich sense of texture.
Choosing a larger dining table may mean having less circulation space available, but the trade-off is that when everyone is settled in, there’s plenty of room for a beautiful spread.
To save space in the room, consider pushing the table up close to one wall or even close to a sideboard so there is only circulation space on one side. This way you can still get in or out, but you have an extra foot or two of table on one end.
Want to make the ultimate luxe statement in your bathroom or shower? A single wall dressed edge to edge with one or two large stone slabs gives the whole space a strong focal point. Whether you tile the remaining walls in a more subdued material or even leave them bare, all eyes will be on that one splurge feature wall, making the entire room look high-end.
Area rugs are best used when they reach far enough to let all of the pieces in a seating group at least rest two legs on the carpet — but arguably they are even better when they can completely fill the entire area, or even virtually the whole room.