Improving the Appearance of Your Room: Focal Points
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. Here are a few tips on how to create a focal point for your room.
One of the common sights hardly to be missed in many houses are bookshelves. You don’t usually see any other display on a bookshelf except the books it houses. Adding decor to your bookshelf can easily transform it into a very effective focal point. Mix and match books with other kinds of attractive decor. 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. But remember not to cramp everything on the shelves. Leave spaces in between items. The mind doesn’t find too much pleasure in spaces that are packed too tightly.
Adding Fixtures on Walls
Some people prefer a minimalist approach to interior decoration. By adding fixtures on a bare undecorated wall, e.g., mirrors, picture frames, or an extravagant indoor waterfalls, a focal point can be created.
Designers have been looking for clever ways to produce focal points more effectively. Drape both your windows and walls with curtains. Use long curtains that drop from the ceiling to the floor, that also blend with everything around it. You do not need to be an expert in order to find the appropriate drapery for your windows and walls. But if you’ve chosen a minimalist approach, choose curtains that draw attention with its color or design. You can in fact order any kind of fabric from some professional workrooms and they will design curtains according to your specifications.
Create Balance Using Lights
It is amazing how having a focal point can make a room appear larger than it really is. Improper use of lighting, however, can neutralize this effect. The right amount of light is necessary for your focal point to remain the center of attraction. It is important for the light not to be too bright. The lighting arrangement smoothens out the interplay between the focal point and all other surrounding decor. Deficiencies in focal points need to be enhanced. Artistic lighting arrangements, e.g., track lighting and under-counter lighting, are helpful tools to highlight deficiencies in certain focal points. 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. Contact the nearest interior designer in your locality and ask for professional advice on how to create a focal point.