How to Incorporate Pedestals in Your Space
An occasion to get a little lofty —
—for a maximal design aesthetic. Put it on a pedestal, goes the saying. Pedestals have a long history and are not a new trend, we’ve been seeing decorative pedestals in designer spaces for a while now, but we’ve seen more people incorporating them into their own homes more as of late. Adding decorative pedestals to your home can fill an empty space, introduce a new material, or provide height variation to a corner vignette. They can provide a space to display a beloved object or serve as a decorative pedestal stand. Decorative pedestals have the ability to bring an intentional and curated feeling to a space, and are capable of finishing off a corner that you just never knew what to do with. If you have been hesitant to embrace pedestal décor into your own home, here are a few of our favorite looks to “put it on a pedestal.”
Look No. 01 | Playful Office Space
Let’s have a look into Shea’s office at the Studio McGee headquarters. You’ll see a stunning natural wood pedestal—the Marlow Pedestal from McGee & Co.—contrasts the whimsical, playful pattern of the wallpaper and rug, grounding the space with a natural element. Decorative pedestals provide a unique way to bring in contrasting materials.
See the entirety of the Studio McGee office here.
Look No. 02 | Hallway with Windows
From Studio McGee’s Hilltop Estate project, Shea and the design team incorporated pedestal décor at the end of a beautiful, windowed hallway. This is the Marlow Pedestal from McGee & Co.
See the entirety of the Hilltop Estate project here.
Look No. 03 | Modern Living Room
In the open living space of our Park City Contemporary project, Shea and the design team chose to add the Albin Faceted Pedestal from McGee & Co. between the living room and kitchen to fill the space in a curated and thoughtful way. Decorative pedestals are the perfect pieces to use in a small, empty area because they add another layer of material variation and visual interest to the room.
See the entirety of the Park City Contemporary project here.
Look No. 04 | Dark and Moody Dining
The Delaney Pedestal from McGee & Co. pairs nicely with the Blue & White Abstract art in this dark and moody dining room, which is part of our McGee & Co 2022 winter shoot. Adding an angular pedestal to your space can be the perfect way to create contrast when placed next to spherical pieces like a round dining table or a sofa with rounded corners and arms.
Look No. 05 | Utilizing a Corner
This living room design from our McGee & Co. 2021 winter catalogue shoot incorporated the large Marlow Pedestal. Typically, the furniture pieces in a living room sit at similar height levels, so bringing a decorative pedestal is the perfect way to add height variation and carry the eye across the room. The corner nook behind the game table was the perfect spot for a decorative pedestal stand.
Look No. 06 | Playing with Texture
The natural, light wood Oak Pedestal from McGee & Co. has a beautiful reeding detail along the entirety of the stand that draws your attention upwards. This textural moment from our McGee & Co. 2022 spring shoot is just as showstopping as whatever you choose to put on top of it.
Look No. 07 | Rich Colored Bathroom
We love to feature our favorite vintage pottery, design books, or artwork by putting them on a pedestal. In this bathroom design from McGee & Co.’s 2022 winter catalogue, Shea and the design team paired the sophisticated ceramic silhouette of the Isaiah Vase with the oak Marlow Pedestal for an elevated look.
Browse the digital McGee & Co. Winter 2022 catalogue here.
Look No. 08 | Styled with Stacked Artwork
In addition to pedestal décor, styling a pedestal with stacked artwork is another way to create an intentional vignette in your home. From the McGee Home Great Room, Shea styled Shape Study II and Shape Study III with the Albin Faceted Pedestal to fill a blank wall next to the fireplace.
See the entirety of the McGee Home project here.