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How to Determine a Room Focal Point.

The point of creating a focal point is to select something to draw the eye and invite the visitor to linger and enjoy. When you walk into a room, pause for a few seconds. Now what is the first thing you really notice? That element of the room would be considered the room’s focal point. Basically, a focal point, in its simplest definition, is a point where lines converge together. The focal point of a room is the place where the lines of the room meet. Since our eyes tend to naturally follow lines, this will be the place that our attention will first be drawn to in a room.

A room will feel much more inviting and offer a more comfortable place to rest if you arrange the furniture or accessories around a focal point. Sometimes a focal point is an architectural feature. At other times, a focal point can be a special picture, mirror, or dramatic piece of furniture. Learn how to find a focal point in your room and how to make the most of it.

The eye is a muscle and likes to be worked. To avoid a boring living room, give your eyes something to do. But don’t go overboard, a room should never have two main focal points. That just sets up an unhealthy competition and makes the room feel uncomfortable. Remember the focal point is where your eyes rest first in a space. Here is some steps to help you determine your focal point.

  • Look around your room to determine the 'biggest' feature. It may be a fireplace, a picture window, or a built-in bookcase. This will generally be your focal point.
  • A focal point should be something interesting to look at, something colorful or texturally and visually appealing.
  • If your room has no distinguishing architectural features, identify the largest furniture pieces. These could become your focal point.
    • An armoire or other tall, large cabinet
    • A beautiful oriental or patterned rug
    • A table with a collection of interesting pieces on it
    • A dramatic mirror or fabric panel
    • A collection hung on the wall, such as musical instruments, family photos, umbrellas, or decorative hats
    • A large open storage shelf with collectibles interspersed with books and plants
  • So you can create a focal point for the room, by focusing on artwork, floral arrangements, paint color, or shelving.
  • If an outdoor view is the focal point, orient the furniture inside and outside to take advantage of window areas.
  • You can create a focal point wall by painting one wall a different color from the rest and accessorizing with a wall arrangement, artwork, or display shelves.
  • Use lighting to enhance your focal point. For example, use a picture light, track light, or wall washer fixture on a painting or wall display.
  • If you've identified a mantle or shelf as the focal point, use plants and accessories to decorate them.
  • Use contrasting color to make the focal point stand out. For example, use a light wall color behind a dark wood armoire.

Reminders:

  • Focus on your room's best qualities by choosing a focal point that you enjoy.
  • Remember to try choosing the first thing you see, or the biggest item for a focal point.
  • The focal point of a room is the place where the lines of the room meet. Since our eyes tend to naturally follow lines, this will be the place that our attention will first be drawn to in a room.
  • Since our eyes follow the lines in a room, the furniture and activity in a room will usually revolve around the focal point.

.Thank you for taking time to read us! Hope those few tips helped you!!

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