The Art of Mastering Homes

Understanding Focal Points to Your Advantage

A basic understanding of the role of focal points in interior design is important. The moment a woman enters a room, she immediately gets an impression of that room. Where do the other elements in the room visually revolve? If a room does not have a focal point, it lacks order and coherence. Here are a few tips on how to create a focal point for your room.

Do Not Pack Them Tightly

Bookshelves, for example, take up a good amount of space on walls. It is so common to find a bookshelf that contains no amount of decor at all. Redesign your bookshelf to become the focal point of the room. Many experienced interior designers advice the use of more diverse decor on covered storages and bookshelves. Place older or less known books in areas that hardly get noticed. Use shiny, bright covers and attractive decor to make your bookshelf the natural focal point of the room. Not everything has to go in the bookshelf. Allow the items to interact with their surrounding space. The mind doesn’t find too much pleasure in spaces that are packed too tightly.

Indoor Waterfalls

There are designers who can leave a wall bare and undecorated without any trouble. By adding fixtures on a bare undecorated wall, e.g., mirrors, picture frames, or an extravagant indoor waterfalls, a focal point can be created.

Draping Walls

The living room is a principal area that needs a focal point. Drape both your windows and walls with curtains. Think of a motif (color and fabric) for your curtains that would blend well with its surrounds. This is a good way to make a major focal point that is both attractive and functional. But if you’ve chosen a minimalist approach, choose curtains that draw attention with its color or design. Some design companies offer a helping hand for you to be able to decorate your windows and walls with fabulous drapery.

Create Balance Using Lights

If you use focal points appropriately, your room appears to be more spacious in the perception of people who enter. Bright lights will defeat the purpose of having a properly designed focal point. Light intensity must work around bringing your focal point forward. Spread the lights at different levels and with varying intensities in the entire room to diffuse its brightness all around. Your focal point will begin to harmonize with its surrounding light. Some focal points may naturally be too small and insignificant. Artistic lighting arrangements, e.g., track lighting and under-counter lighting, are helpful tools to highlight deficiencies in certain focal points. People need to find the harmony between the focal point and its surrounds by discovering the balance generated by lighting.

You can design you own focal point just by following these quick and simple tips. Contact the nearest interior designer in your locality and ask for professional advice on how to create a focal point.