When decorating a room there comes a time when you feel like you’re done, but it still seems that way something is missing. You can usually identify the problem by scanning the room’s surroundings: an empty corner, bare walls, flat proportions, etc. And while artwork, sconces, plants, and accent chairs and tables can definitely help, pieces that offer a lot of variety offer , to both breaking up and balancing the anchor elements is usually the solution. Enter: the pedestal. The base is a mix of sculptural artwork and a practical surface for placing decorative objects. It’s a designer piece for small entryways, awkward corners and large spaces that need more than just the basic pieces of furniture to appear complete. Are you ready to meet the humble stool’s handsomer cousin? It’s time to put the panacea pedestal in its rightful place: on a pedestal! Discover ahead of time 15 pedestal decorating ideas that will show you how to put the unsung hero of design to good use in your own space.
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Hitting a pedestal and taking cues from the silhouette of classic European columns but made from an island-friendly woven material, this planter is the perfect finishing touch for this coastal living room by Anna Spiro Design.
Two sockets are better than one – this makes the adjacent rooms feel like they are talking to each other. The lesson? Foyers don’t always have to be practical, says Nick Olsen, who combined graphic black-and-white wall paneling, iconic Warhol lithographs, mirrored niches with gables, and a striking lime-green ceiling in a New York apartment. “These are spaces that, at first glance, appear — decorative rather than functional — so why not play that up?” he asks.
Designed by Robert McKinley Studio, this modern country living room is full of cerebral conversation starters. Take, for example, the plinth that supports a tower of rock that evokes the ancient dichotomy between man-made and natural beauty.
The centerpiece of this living room – designed by Peti Lau for DJ Drew Taggart of the Chainsmokers – is the Yamaha piano, but all the decorative pieces behind it bring it to life. A bespoke shelving creatively displays awards, instruments and touring memorabilia, while a beautiful post-modern marble pedestal supports a flower box adorned with birds of paradise.
Pedestals add value to literally every room in the house, including unexpected places like the bathroom. In this strikingly modern master bathroom by Raji RM, a plinth elongates the space and brings the other decorative pieces that play with form, like the graphic rug and pendant light, into a three-dimensional piece.
Nobody does blue and white quite like Mark D. Sikes. Just look at this entrance! In this Beverly Hills foyer, he piled patterns and mixed wallpaper and textiles with Fermoie chandelier shades and a striped rug by Elizabeth Eakins. But can you guess our favorite touch? Of course the white base with dramatic flowers.
Sometimes a pedestal is all you need, no decorative touches needed. Such is the case in this impressive bathroom designed by Tamsin Johnson Interiors. Deep red marble appeals to the abstract purple wall art and warms up the cooler gray materials throughout.
The shop mannequin torso (a playful yet serious nod to museum-worthy predecessors) sits atop a burl wood base and immediately draws the eye from the entryway into the living room. Designed by Juan Carretero, this small Manhattan apartment features gallery-inspired decor while still feeling like a livable home.
Here’s another creative plinth idea that really showcases the versatility of the piece. A gold pedestal that doubles as a makeshift bedside table in this bedroom by Tamsin Johnson Interiors holds a small vase for fresh cut flowers, reading material, and even a nightlight. Unlike a classic bedside table, the base looks extremely modern and radical.
Frank De Biasi called for unexpected objects to bring this formal living room to life. Each unique piece has a sculptural quality that adds interest and nuance to the space without screaming, “Hey look at me, I’m interesting!” These include the magenta side table, richly veined marble base adorned with a contemporary bust, an uneven table lamp and a woven screen.
Subtly tucked behind the sofa in this eclectic living room by Casey Smith, the base supports a vase and speaks to the layers of textures, dimensions and materials used throughout the space.
Pastel colors dominate in this study designed by Anna Spiro. A classic Roman bust is a bold choice on the contemporary yellow take on traditional plinths.
A curved ceiling in this small Venetian retreat by Matthew White sets the intimate stage in this living room. To balance the cozy surroundings, White brought in more elegant touches and custom upholstery. Traditional, framed visual art would be difficult to attach to the curved ceiling, but this is where the fluted column and corner lamp come in to give that sense of beauty.
Did we mention that a tall pedestal or pillar is perfect for placing in a tight or awkward corner? It can give you a place for catchment containers or vases that still don’t eat up all the free floor space. Located in an entrance area by Corinne Mathern Studio, it blends in perfectly thanks to the contemporary plaster construction.
In a large open living room, zone the space with a console or coffee table and two separate area rugs, then add a pedestal to the wall beneath a wall light, as in this magnificent room designed by Tamsin Johnson.
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