Creating a focal point in a room is so easy and with just a little design know-how will change the entire look of a room. Did you know it is one of the basic elements of design! Beautiful, appealing rooms have this important design feature. Today let’s learn the basics!
In our series of 7 ELEMENTS OF DECOR focal point is number four.
Here at StoneGable, every room has a focal point! For awhile I struggled with the living room because it really did not have any “built-in” focal point. I learned that creating design element for a room is simple.
It was really a place to show off my personality! Easy- peasy!
A focal point is one of the most basic elements of decorating. Even if you do not know you have this element in each room of your home you probably do to some degree or another!
However, it is very important to not only be aware of an attention grabbing area in your home but to enhance them as well.
WHAT IS A FOCAL POINT
Think of the actors in the Shakespeare play Hamlet (I love this play). Hamlet is the star of the play and the rest of the cast are supporting actors that move the plot along.
Your focal point is Hamlet! Everything else in a room are supporting actors!
This design element is something in a room that draws our attention in a big way! It is ideally the first things we see when we enter a room and is directly across from the room’s entrance.
It should be the big attention grabbing thing the rest of the room is built around.
Many rooms have natural focal points such as
- a fireplace
- natural architectural elements like french doors, vaulted ceilings or bookshelves
- large art or something large on the wall
- large windows with a breathtaking view
- dining room table
- large piece of furniture
WHY HAVE A FOCAL POINT IN A ROOM
This important design element helps to give our eyes a place to start as they travel around a room so we can enjoy the rest of the decor in a room.
And the rest of a room should work and play well with it too!
It’s really a VERY important, yet simple decorating element!
WAYS TO CREATE A FOCAL POINT
Not every room has a built-in design element. Sometimes it’s better to create one of your own. That way you can position it to be the first thing seen when anyone walks in a room.
Here are some things to help create a focal point…
- wallpaper or paint to distinguish a focal point wall
- a large mirror
- a large wall clock
- a display of plates hung on a wall in an interesting pattern
- a gallery of art
- a large piece of furniture
- a spectacular vignette
- an outstanding vintage find
WHAT TO AVOID
Although a focal point is a pretty straightforward concept, there are just a couple things to avoid…
- more than one BIG focal point in a room
- a center of attention element that is so different from the rest of the room it does not make sense
- awkwardly positioned focus of attention in a room
This is a decorating no-brainer! Easy to create and a must in every room. Check each room in your home and make sure it has the very important focal point!
You might like these other DECOR ELEMENTS OF DESIGN and how to incorporate them in your home…
- SPACE- ELEMENT OF DESIGN
- COLOR- ELEMENT OF DESIGN
- BALANCE- ELEMENT OF DESIGN
- SPACE AND PROPORTION – ELEMENT OF DESIGN