A basic understanding of the role of focal points in interior design is important. What gets your immediate attention when you walk into a room? The focal point of a room is an item or a space where every other item seems to relate to. Not all rooms have a focal point. Below are simple principles to remember in creating a focal point.
Do Not Pack Them Tightly
Bookshelves, for example, take up a good amount of space on walls. You don’t usually see any other display on a bookshelf except the books it houses. 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. Keep unsightly items off your bookshelf and put them away in storage boxes in your attic. Place select books with visually attractive covers in areas that are readily seen on the shelf. Not everything has to go in the bookshelf. Free some room for air to circulate. Cramped spaces make some people really nervous they can’t stand to look at them.
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.
If your living room doesn’t have a focal point, try this simple but ingenious method. Drape both your windows and walls with curtains. Install curtains that harmonize with the entire room. You do not need to be an expert in order to find the appropriate drapery for your windows and walls. Curtains do not need to be loud and elaborate to become the focal point. There are professional shops that can help you choose the right fabrics and designs.
The Importance of Lighting
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. The right amount of light is necessary for your focal point to remain the center of attraction. The balance of lighting must work to achieve soft hues that doesn’t overpower the sight of the focal point. Your focal point will begin to harmonize with its surrounding light. Insignificant items that serve as focal points may tend to be overlooked. There are stylistic lighting designs that can enhance focal points that may easily get overlooked. Wall lamps can be placed above a fireplace and can serve as alternative light source that illuminates the fireplace.
You can design you own focal point just by following these quick and simple tips. If you need help in creating focal point in any of the rooms in your house, there are companies that advertise this kind of service.