The holidays are fast approaching along with the possibility of extended time with relatives. And, aside from all the fun and joy, this can often also mean awkward family dynamics, touchy subjects, controversial conversations, and a whole lot of stress.
If you’re dreading the inevitable political banter and polarizing opinions, give your guests something else to talk about— statement decor! We believe iconic interior designer Dorothy Draper said it best: “I always put in one controversial item. It makes people talk.” Great advice, Dorothy.
As you plan for the holidays, incorporate some conversation-starting, statement decor into your home to stop a bad conversation in its tracks. Below, we’ve rounded up pieces that are sure to make a statement more agreeable than your uncle’s political views!
Burl Wood Dining Table
Burl wood is the most luxurious and bold wood you can find—which makes it the perfect choice for a dining room table, which already sits center-stage in a room. This wood is made of the knotted part of a tree and is prized for its beauty and rarity. (This is one of those fun facts you can insert into conversation…)
And another fun fact: this table, specifically, was designed with the Roman aqueducts in mind, which you see in the continuous arches where the table and legs meet. So, gather your family around this table and enjoy the banter over the history behind your beautiful dining room table!Shop This Room
Brook Four-Door Sideboard
Natural texture is the secret ingredient to making any room look put together. It’s also a great tidbit to insert into a conversation. So add some to your home with this bold credenza! The doors are covered with woven seagrass, which we can’t get enough of—and the rest of the piece is constructed of rich mahogany.
We love that this texture can blend in with any style while still making a visual statement. This woven-front credenza is also great for hiding clutter or other things you don’t want nosey visitors to get their eyes on!Shop This Room
Victor Accent Chair in Mustard
Want to really get your guests talking? Add a pop of mustard velvet to your decor! This chair is about as bold as they come and will help your whole living room pop with energy. It features an unexpected but sophisticated design, with its angular back. And the deep seat means this chair is extra comfy. (The perfect retreat for anyone who wants to escape a conversation!)Shop This Room
Waterfall Inlay Console Table
We’re in love with this bone-inlaid, art deco console table. Art deco, as a decor style, showed up in full force in the 1920s. It’s a style that celebrates modernity with fine craftsmanship and rich materials, and give more than a nod toward luxury and glamour.
Around the time of World War II, functionality took over in design — but art deco had a major comeback in the 1980s. Today, we’re seeing throwbacks to that 80s brand of art deco. Namely, this table. It’s perfect for starting conversations about art history — or your favorite music, movies, and cultural moments from the 80s!Shop This Room
Macon Club Chair in Gray
This chair has it all: it’s comfy, stylish, and features elements that can get your guests talking! We love the unexpected combination of the dark velvet cushions with the wood and cane frame. It offers a traditional look with a modern flair, but it’s also practical. (The back and seat cushion are removable for easy cleaning—perfect if there are kids around or guests prone to spilling!)Shop This Room
Curvo Pink Velvet Sofa
Talk about a conversation starter. This stunning pink velvet sofa is a major decor statement. With its asymmetrical curved back and fluid lines, your guests won’t be able to help themselves from talking about it. Plus, it’s a great opening to discuss two of our favorite design trends: curved furniture and velvet, both of which this sofa has in spades.Shop This Room
Maddox Table Lamp Brass
This table lamp nods to another of our favorite design trends: industrial lighting. Its black marble base and off-center, matte brass shade result in a visually stunning lamp that’s hard not to comment on. It’s just so interesting to look at! And—bonus—its sculptural aesthetic will give a cool, edgy vibe to your space.Shop This Room
Nomad Rug in Beige
Lay the foundation for good conversations with this gorgeous rug. The traditional, ethnic pattern and rich, gorgeous colors make a major statement. When your guests ask about it—because they certainly will—you can tell them about its hand-knotted construction and how it’s made of 100% jute, which has loads of benefits.Shop This Room
Lightbearer Table Lamp in Gold
This whimsical lamp will capture your guests’ attention. And with good reason. This brass lamp has that one-of-a-kind feeling in a way that’s charming, strange, and captivating, all at once. Put it in your guest room or on display in the living room for a quirky conversation starter. This statement decor piece is so offbeat, you could even take turns making up stories of how this eclectic lamp came into being and made its way into your home!Shop This Room
Woven Raffia Pieces from All Across Africa
Do you like decor that not only looks good, but has a good story to tell? Then you’ll love these woven pieces from All Across Africa. Each piece is hand-woven in raffia by artisans in Sub-Saharan Africa. The goal of this company is to create sustainable jobs that help individuals provide for their families. Each of these gorgeous, sustainable pieces (and the artisans who made them) have a story to tell—and that’s something that could keep your family talking for hours!Shop This Room
Brass Bird Side Table
This brass side table is another quirky conversation starter. Its playful, modern design features minimalist bird legs connecting the round base to the tabletop surface. It’s the perfect resting place for a cocktail, and is so offbeat, it’ll get your guests laughing!Shop This Room
Knuba Wall Art
Have some fun with your wall art! Artist Alex Kostinskyi is known for his avant garde style, and this piece is no exception. It’s sure to stop anyone in their tracks and provides a starting point for funny, lighthearted conversations.Shop This Room