Choosing The Right Design Focal Point For Your Room Redesign
A design focal point is so much more than just the spot in a room where your eye naturally and intuitively lands when first entering a space. When properly executed, your focal point serves as a visual anchor that immediately commands attention, piques interest, creates a certain mood, and ultimately defines overall aesthetic impact. It’s essentially your room’s first opportunity to make a positive design impression, making it one of the most critical (and most challenging) components to get right.
Showcase Your Design’s Main Attraction
The art of finding the right centerpiece for your design can be complicated. Using an ambiguous feature that doesn’t stand out will quickly make the entire room feel awkward and one-dimensional. However, showcasing an element that’s too bold can overwhelm and overpower its environment (as well as visitors). Don’t risk missing the mark with a poorly chosen focal point. Go into the design process prepared with the information you’ll need to quickly identify (and/or effectively create) the perfect place for your visitors to first feast their eyes.
When choosing the right design focal point for your room, consider these things:
Your space may already have its focal point ready and waiting for you. Fireplaces, large bookcases, an exposed brick wall, a window with a view, and even a gorgeous staircase can all serve as your design’s visual core. Remember, when it comes to choosing a focal point, less is usually more. If you have several built-in details vying for your attention, it’s important to choose only one to focus on. Multiple focal points can make the room feel disorganized and disjointed. Identify the most prominent architectural feature and group furniture, tables, and/or other decorative pieces around it to ensure it gets top billing.
Art can capture attention and change the entire tone of your room. Scale is important when choosing the right piece (or pieces) for your center point. You’ll want something that is the right size so it doesn’t get lost or completely take over where it’s hung. Contrast is also a major consideration. Choose bold colors to hang on a neutral wall, or opt for something with a subtler palette for juxtaposition against more vibrant shades.
Artwork isn’t the only way to use your walls as a design focal point. Choose the most prominent wall (preferably one without windows or doors taking up valuable design real estate) and get to work. Use mirrors, photos, or shelving with strategically placed adornments. Or, opt for making the wall itself the main attraction by painting it a bright, bold color, wallpapering it, or even painting vertical stripes on it to make it instantly stand out as the room’s showpiece.
Texture is an essential component in a nondescript or monochromatic space. Create your focal point by using fabrics, shiny metals, or organic elements such stone and wood. Systematically arranging textured components as your visual center delivers aesthetic depth and interest throughout the design.
Much like texture, using a pattern in your design can create an impactful focal point, especially when used in a more neutral environment. Position tiles, mosaics, and stones for a striking visual centerpiece. You can also use drapes, throws, and comforters to introduce pattern as your room’s main feature.
A bright, eclectic, and unique couch or loveseat can quickly draw people in. Get as creatively quirky and fun as you’d like. Choose a piece you love and find a highly visible spot for it. Once you’ve designated your room’s anchor, use complimenting tables and chairs to enhance visual appeal and create a cohesive and inviting sitting area.
Going big can have its advantages in your new design, especially if you are working with higher ceilings. A large armoire, cabinet, or floor-to-ceiling mirror can serve as a room’s focal point. Fill in gaps between the piece and your ceiling with artwork, photos, or pottery to truly command available space. You can also create dramatic contrast by placing smaller statement pieces around it. When using oversized furniture, it’s important to always add visual balance by creating a little aesthetic “bulk” on the opposite side of the room to ensure your final space doesn’t feel uneven.
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