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How To Decorate To Create Focal Points In Your Home

Aug 17, 2007
When it comes to presenting a room, every area in your house should have an interest point. Another term used in this instance is "focal point". Both terms basically refer to an element within a room that draws your eye to a particular place. Often, these interest points are naturally created through the architecture of a room, but sometimes, it is up to the homeowner to create these focal points.

For those who are not sure how to identify the interest points throughout your home, you may be surprised what is considered a satisfying focal point. If you should happen to have a fireplace in any of your rooms, such as a den or family room, this is your focal point. When you enter your bedroom and are greeted by a large painting of the family, this may be your focal point if no other large competing points are present. Sitting in the den, the warmth of the sun is felt through a large picture window that provides great views of the open sea; this is definitely the interest point of the room. When your architecture does not automatically provide you with a clear focal point, you can create one by adding one or more elements to a room.

Creating a focal point within a room can be achieved by hanging something substantial on the wall. Some ideas to consider include flanking one side of the room with a hanging rug of some value. Fur accents are also interestingly eye catching. Pick a remake of a well known painting, such as Starry Night and place it on the wall. Sometimes, creating a row of shelves with an unusual design can achieve the same affect. Try installing shelves with a circular display. Often, entertainment equipment makes for a nice focal point, especially if it is one of those fancy flat-screen varieties that fit on the wall like a live motion painting.

Focal points allow homeowners to create specific atmospheres throughout their house. They complete a room and without one, the area seems rather drab. It's like walking into a box with no life to it or interesting surroundings.

Once you have situated an interest point for your room, now it is time to enhance its qualities. This means arranging furniture to fit the composition of the focal point. Sometimes, you can actually influence your guests to pay attention or take notice to your focal point by the way you arrange the rest of the room. Try to place furniture in a way that creates a nice scene for communication. Items should have several meters between them to avoid a smothering atmosphere. If they are placed more than 3 meters from one another, conversation may feel strained and distant. Seats should be turned to face your focal point.

To enhance convenience, tables should be placed within a reasonable distance from your seating options. Usually, when it comes to furniture placement, the most common approaches are to create "U" or "L" shaped arrangements surrounding the focal point. Once this is accomplished, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the atmosphere you have created.
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Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this as well as home decorating at http://www.eleganthomedecorgifts.com
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