One of the basic principles of good interior design is the use of focal points. The focal point of a space is the first thing your eyes are naturally drawn to as soon as you enter a room. By picking the right piece to emphasise, you’ll set a potent mein for the space; a foundation for you to build on to really set the mood. Here are a few go-to focal points to use in your home…
If you’re lucky enough to have an attractive fireplace in your home, then you’ve already been saved a lot of the potential hassle of applying focal points in your interior décor. A large, central fireplace, or some other dominant architectural feature, will give you a great centre which you can use to plan your furniture and other features around. If the feature in question has a lot of stone, then this natural, earthy tone can set the colour for sofas, lamps, decorative items and so on. Whatever the architectural element is, it’s important to try and influence the size. If the focal point looks too large, it will feel out of place and overly dominant. Too small, and your furniture will start to become the focal point, draining all the actual focal point’s potency.
If you’re going for a kind of minimalist, monochrome colour scheme in your space, then adding a potent dose of texture is a great way to make a focal point, giving the whole room much more character and depth. Solid, angular colours, as found in a lot of modern rugs and lighting, will make the room feel colder, and overly neat. Raised, more elaborate textures, on the other hand, will give off a warmer vibe, but can add to a room feeling a bit cramped. Perhaps the best place to play around with different textures is the kitchen. Try using an understated, minimalist colour scheme for most of the room, and then add some colour and texture with a large, eye-catching backsplash.
Finally, we have the kind of focal point that’s been used for centuries, and still holds up today: artwork. By simply mounting a piece of art on a mostly bare wall, you’ll instantly create a hugely effective focal point which will let your work on the rest of the room really come out. Just make sure to take your time considering the size and the tone of any artwork you use when you’re choosing a piece to use as a focal point. It can be hard when you don’t have a canvas to hand, but the scale relative to the size of the space is important to get right. It doesn’t really matter what the subject or genre of the art is, but the dominant colours in it should stand out and draw people’s eye, without clashing too heavily with the rest of the home.
If you were confused about focal points and how you should be applying them in this home, I hope that these tips have pointed you in the right direction!