Create a Design Focal Point in Your Home
Center your space around one distinctive element to take your design to the next level
Interior design is all about putting together functional, visually appealing living spaces and one important aspect of the process is creating a focal point in each room. A focal point serves to draw the eye and add visual interest to a space and can be achieved through the use of furniture, artwork, lighting and accessories.
Choose a striking piece of furniture as your focal point
Furniture can serve as a focal point by virtue of its size, shape, color, or unique design. A large piece of furniture, such as a sideboard or console table, can be the main attraction in a room and can be even more eye-catching in a bold color or a unique design that stands out from the rest of the room’s decor. A stunning leather piece, such as a sumptuous tufted sofa or rich accent chair with nailhead trim, can become the star of the show.
Artwork personalizes a space and adds color and interest
Artwork is another great way to create a focal point in a room. A beautiful painting, stunning sculpture, or meaningful photograph can bring a room to life. To make artwork the center of attention, be sure to display it in a prominent location such as above an anchor piece of furniture or on a feature wall, and make sure it’s appropriately sized in proportion to the space.
Lighting can elevate your design to new heights
Lighting be used to highlight and draw attention to specific areas of a room. For example, a statement light fixture can be hung above a coffee table to make it the focal point of a living room. Accent lighting, such as wall sconces or table lamps, can also be used to draw attention to artwork or other decorative elements in a room.
Accessories serve as the piece de resistance of a room
Finally, accessories can add pizzazz to a space by introducing color, texture, and pattern. For instance, a collection of brightly colored vases on a bookshelf can serve as a focal point, while a textured throw pillow on a sofa can add visual interest.
When creating a focal point in a room using furniture, artwork, lighting or accessories, it is important to consider your space’s overall style and choose items that complement the space. A minimalist room with a monochromatic color scheme may benefit from a graphic piece of artwork, sleek, modern lighting fixtures and minimal accessories. A traditional room may be better served by a classic piece of furniture, such as a weathered leather armchair or antique armoire. And a room with a bohemian style may benefit from bold, colorful accessories and eclectic lighting fixtures.
Creating a focal point in your interior designs serves many purposes. It gives a room purpose, anchors the space, and provides a distinct, sometimes dramatic, statement that reflects the homeowner’s taste and personality. By adding a focal point in the form of a lovely piece of furniture, eye-catching piece of art, purposeful lighting or well-thought-out accessories, you can create a visually appealing and functional living space that is sure to impress.
Brent Simon is an owner at Colorado Style Home Furnishings, a South Denver-based fine furniture showroom that offers over an acre of top-quality comfortable, sophisticated in-stock furniture and accessories. View their profile or contact one of their highly experienced design professionals at (303) 741-4240.
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