Monday, April 12, 2010

Creating a focal point

Every room needs to have a focal point, or f-o-c-u-s. Most rooms naturally have some type of architectural "direction", such as a fireplace, built-in, or view. But every room needs an anchor for which the furnishings revolve around.
Vern Yip
If your home got left out of the focal point lottery, choose your focus and create one. Add a TV with a large furniture console underneath it. Focus your furnishings around a beautiful art piece, or purchase a piece of furniture that commands attention (like an armoire, a console, or a piano) and anchor your furniture around it.

Use bright or bold colour hues to create a focal point. You can also use bold patterns, a bold colored sofa, or use a beautiful area rug to draw the eye effortlessly around the room. The room shown below, used bold color, attractive art, texture, and as a design surprise added a book nook above the seating arrangement. Instead of creating the focal point in front of the room, Shane kept the focus on the main furniture wall. Brilliant!

We are not all blessed with beautiful views, but if you have a great window, or view, arrange the furniture to take complete advantage of it. Add draperies to frame the windows and accentuate the view and draw your eyes to the scenery beyond. See the photo below? No need for a TV! My goodness I could stare at that for hours!

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  1. OH my gosh, if only that bottom one was my house! Gorgeous! You have such great ideas and solutions, Amanda, I so appreciate them!

  2. Excellent ideas. I like the photos you used. We have tried to do this with some artwork that we are proud of--building a room's decor to focus attention on them.

  3. Great post. I want to live wherever that last photo is. How often do go to a client's home and they have too many focal points? Like fireplace and giant TV?

  4. Amanda, I come with a question for you.
    My house is tiny; 1013 sq feet and that includes the area for the stairwell to the basement. (the basement is another 1013 sq ft but will remain unfinished for now).

    My living/dining/kitchen is all one big room about half of the total area. The kitchen is probably almost half of that half (confused yet?)
    Oh, and it's half of a circle to boot as it's a yurt.

    I have a STUNNING view, the need to place my TV in this room and a gorgeous navy blue enamel wood burning stove. THREE conceivable focal points in one small area.

    Everything is going to be simple and modern due to the designs style of the yurt but am I doomed with such a small place and so much going on?

    The kitchen is cherry red and the living room quaker grey.

    Thank you,
    an inquisitive goat

  5. Ha ha Amanda - Julia Sugarbaker! Love it!!! Poor Dixie, we will miss her!

  6. Hi Amanda-
    Thank you for stopping by my blog.
    Yours is wonderful, and after reading this post I wanted to put everything out on the curb!

    I'll be back.

    White Spray Paint

  7. Can I trade my current focal points for that view?? Too fabulous!!

  8. that view is amazing!

    the house is open from 4/19-5/9. definitely try to make it if you can!

  9. i love the seond and the fourth photo... i agree they look spectacular really.... :)

    sorry am late... was busy... hope you are doing all good.... :)

    take care and keep writing.........

  10. The last house certainly is beautiful. The view is stunning. I am very fastdious in choosing a focal point in a room. A TV as a focal point doesn't work for me!

  11. Thanks so much for this post, I have been meaning to change something in my L-shaped living space, but couldn't think of what. This post helped a lot! :)

  12. Love that first pic with the mirror and the candles in the fireplace. Gorgeous!

  13. Lovely! I understand creating a focal point, it is very much the same way in jewelry. When you make something you have to decide what your focus is; otherwise your jewelry looks like a crazy lady made it. Thanks for the lovely comment yesterday.

  14. So true! Great post. I love that cozy den with the built ins...the Shane Reilly room.

  15. I had to look twice - the view looks like a picture! How clever that everything else in the room is toned down to take complete advantage of the view. Great image - thanks so much.

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