How to develop focal points in your home – Design Lesson 13


hi everyone welcome to another design
lesson video in each video I’m going to review some key design principles that
you should keep in mind when you’re thinking about renovating or decorating
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choose and develop focal points in your home the focal point of a painting is an
area of emphasis that demands the most attention and to which the viewers eye
is drawn pulling it into the painting a focal point in interior design is an
element that catches your attention as well it’s usually the most important
part of a room where furniture is focused on that focal point it can
determine how you walk into the room around that furniture and it should
really hold your attention once you’re in the room this idea of drawing you
into a room is really important because it tends to be the first thing you see
when you walk into a space and it becomes your first impression of the
space so you’ll want it to be warm and inviting so how do you do that the
number-one rule is to walk through your home and pinpoint the spots where you
need to add warmth and interest to pull you in further let’s start at the front
door of course any curb appeal always centers
around the front door and making it the most inviting the door naturally draws
you into the home so making sure the color of the door lighting around it the
landscaping leading up to the door all of these things together create a focal
point on the exterior of your home that naturally pulls you in what’s the first
thing you see once you open your front door is it a staircase maybe you can
arrange a console and some artwork or a beautiful floral arrangement in that
line of sight maybe it’s just a wall in that case add interest and warmth again
by adding furniture artwork and lighting let’s move on to the living room if the
wall you see when you first walk in has a fireplace then that’s your primary
focal point half the work is already done now all you need to do is make that
fireplace really stand out furniture should be positioned so you can see the
fireplace perhaps a bold color is the way to go or
maybe you want the entire wall to stand strong in which case symmetrically
placed artwork and furniture on either side of the fireplace can really make
the wall a statement what if you don’t have a fireplace or maybe the wall you
first see when you walk into your living room is just a wall adding artwork like
a gallery wall will draw you into the space what if in this scenario the TV or
fireplace or both is on the opposite wall then make that a focal point – yes
it’s okay to have more than one focal point in a room the important thing is
to make sure they don’t compete with one another so having them on opposite walls
is a really good idea choose one to be more dominant than the other and in this
case the wall with the TV and Ruth’s fireplace should be most dominant
because it’s the one that will hold your attention when you’re in the room in many cases the dining room table is
centered in the room and it’s usually very prominent in the space but again
the important part is how you walk into the room if you come into the room at
the head of the table the chandelier that hangs in the middle of the room is
most likely the most important aspect of the room you’ll see that light fixture
more than the wall beyond so make sure it’s bold and strong and it holds your
attention if you’re walking into the side of the table
meaning the long side of the table and there’s a long wall opposite you when
you walk in then there’s a great opportunity for something really special
because you’ll be able to see more wall space beyond the table than the
chandelier I love the idea of this wallpaper feature and the chandelier
here is less dramatic so you can really focus on the wallpaper it’s a great
focal point in this room when I get the chance to design a kitchen from scratch
I look at how I walk into the room and what my eyes will focus on that’s where
I try to play something big and important in the kitchen and that tends
to be the range and the range hood it’s usually more decorative than the rest of
the kitchen and in many cases is a different material from the rest of the
kitchen cabinetry so it’s a great feature that naturally stands out but
you can also use a beautiful pantry as your focal point or a large sink in
front of a striking window again it’s all about drawing you in that first
impression when you walk into the kitchen is your focal point with bedrooms I think the bed is the
statement so I try to place the headboard opposite the door it really
gives you the opportunity to really beef up that focal point by decorating around
the bed selecting a special headboard the nightstands with interesting
lighting on either side and of course with artwork above all of this can
create a beautiful focal point but if the bed isn’t the first thing you see
you need something when you first walk in maybe it’s just a wall of family
photography or a makeup vanity or or a reading nook add something warm and
interesting to pull you in focal points and bathrooms are a major plus everyone
wants a beautiful bathroom and that statement is made the minute you walk
into the bathroom and you say wow that’s a beautiful bathroom if you are
renovating your bathroom consider again how you walk into the room and consider
what you see first a big no-no you don’t want to see the toilet it’s just not the
most pleasing thing in the bathroom instead consider a free-standing tub and
creating warmth and interest in and around the tub like this or an amazing
shower where you can focus on beautiful tile work I love seeing the bathroom
vanity with all its fittings like beautiful mirrors or wall sconces think
about what makes the bathroom beautiful and it’s always a good idea to hide the
toilet and finally it can’t just be all about focal points you need smaller
areas that let your eye travel from one focal point to another or one room to
another when I’m working on designing or decorating a home I walk through the
floor plan and find spots that need some kind of attention but are not important
enough to be major focal points I call these points of interest these points
add so much character and texture to a home think about spots at the end of the
hall like this here we’re not even in the same room but I can see something
intriguing in the next room and it makes me want to go farther or maybe it’s an
area in a room that doesn’t sit around a focal point but needs some kind of
furniture to fill it in this is a great place for additional seating like a
bench or asset a round it out with artwork and you’ve got a great little
point of it just sometimes color can play a part in
creating a focal point but also a point of interest like this tiny wall between
the front entry and the closet color can make it special and pleasing maybe it’s
an area that sits between two open rooms a gallery wall with a bench below is the
perfect transitional point of interest so there you have it
focal points can draw you into a space and they are meant to hold your
attention once you’re in the space they can determine the layout of the
furniture around it as well and how you walk through the space points of
interests are smaller areas that can lead you from one room to another or
from one focal point to another all of these points create warmth and interest
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