Why does a room need a focal point?

You may have heard or read somewhere that every room needs a focal point. Why do you ask? Is this so that your room looks like something out of a magazine?  I have to admit that for the longest time I believed this.  I decided to see if I could explain this concept in a way that meant something to me.  I believe in creating a home that adds quality to your life not just decorating a beautiful room.

A focal point in a room such as a fireplace in a living room or a bed in a bedroom help to determine a room’s purpose.  If a room does not have any purpose it becomes a room not used by your family or a place to store junk.  The focal point helps to make the room feel more inviting and comfortable. It grounds the room and gives it personality. The focal point should be the first thing that you eye goes to when entering the room.  If the focal point is attractive it makes the experience more memorable which makes you want to use the room more.

When planning a room’s redesign the first thing you should do is determine what the function of the room is. This will help you to determine what the focal points should be.


Focal Points

Focal points help to add interest to your room.  They draw your eye in as soon as you walk in the room.  They can help to make other issues in the room less conspicuous such as a damaged floor.  Arranging your furniture around a fireplace creates a very inviting conversational area for entertaining.

In a bedroom the bed is usually the focal point.  It is the usually the first thing you see when you walk in the room.  It is a good idea to have a headboard as it gives the bed more visual weight.  Painting a more dramatic colour on the wall behind the bed or wallpaper adds a lot of punch to your focal point.

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