With all due respect to neutrals, sometimes you need a break from beige and greige, and nothing perks up a pallid palette like a head-turning, show-stopping statement piece in a bright color, interesting shape or touch-beckoning texture.
“It’s the statement pieces in a space that give it life and guide the direction of the design of the room,” says Samantha Stinocher, marketing communications consultant at Arizona Tile in Scottsdale, where showroom consultants help design bespoke tile statement pieces using the shop’s Just Design program. “They can offer advice on layout, scale and color coordination… You can play with pattern by using one of our tiles that has a design or shape already incorporated, or you can adjust the way your tile is installed to create a pattern of your own.”
Artist Mindy Timm also enjoys collaborating with clients to create one-of-a-kind statement pieces. “I’ve done a number of custom pieces for specific areas in clients’ homes – from traditional canvas paintings to revamped small furniture, even battery-operated LED light-up paintings,” Timm says. “A bold, colorful piece of original art, especially when custom-designed, can transform a room.”
Of course, pieces needn’t be explosively colorful – or even new – to make a splash. Phoenix’s Porter Barn Wood fashions reclaimed wood and metal into room-defining centerpieces. The palette is muted, but the textures are arresting, owner Thomas Porter says. “Our pieces tend to have an organic flavor,” Porter says. “It may be that someone’s grandfather owned a farm they visited, or maybe they just feel a connection to early America and farming… Whatever the connection, people find a coziness and welcomeness that few other textures can provide, and it allows our statement pieces to speak volumes.”
Using old materials to make new statements resonates with artist Rebecca Whitney, who sells rehabbed furniture under her Second Chance Charms label. “Instead of getting rid of or donating these pieces that have aged over time, refinishing them as statement pieces writes another page to their wonderful stories,” Whitney says. “Let a statement piece stand out and project your personality.”
Porter Barn Wood
901 S. Seventh St., Phoenix
“The bicycle is movement. It’s transportation,” owner Thomas Porter says of this piece, crafted from reclaimed Pennsylvania farmhouse wood. “Not only does it serve as a point of interest, but it also inspires you to get motivated. You can tell when someone has ridden their bike just as you can tell when someone truly lives in their home.” This home belongs to KNIX 102.5 Ben & Matt show co-host Matt McAllister and his wife Vanessa. Wood ranges from $3-$6 per square foot; prices vary by project. Contractor: Jason Paxson at Git-R-Done Handyman.
14700 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale
“By keeping all of the other elements of the bathroom simple and neutral, they’ve really allowed the wall to be a statement piece,” marketing specialist Samantha Stinocher says. “Using the tile like this creates the look of a wallpaper in the room, but because it’s actually a porcelain tile it’s very durable and won’t be damaged by the water in this bathroom.” Pictured tiles include Digitalart Bianco, Denim and Ecru. Projects vary; inquire for pricing.
Second Chance Charms
Rebecca Whitney loves rehab projects like this “hidden gem that my client found at a garage sale for only $40! A perfect plain Jane with so much potential, all solid wood and even had the right curves in the right places,” she says. “My client wanted a piece of furniture when walking through the front door that welcomes you yet tells you who the owner is. In my opinion: bold elegance. Her space was very colorful with décor pieces in the greens, blues and oranges. She wanted to add one piece that would tie everything in that room together.” Projects vary; inquire for pricing and free quotes.
“Painting the background of ‘Swimming in Blue’ was a very meditative experience for me and was painted in a style with which I’m only beginning to experiment. I found the process very freeing,” Timm says of her colorful koi. “I hope this piece evokes feelings of tranquility and uplifting, positive energy.” The piece is on display at Jewel’s Bakery & Cafe through the end of August and will be available for purchase after that – “probably in the $325-$350 range, but prints are available to order now and similar work may be commissioned.” Ganesh prints are also for sale ($20-$65).