Hello! I am back again with another Designer Lingo Unplugged post. Last time, we talked about contrast. You can catch up on that post here. Today, we are going to talk about focal points. What a focal point is and how you can style your room around one to create a visually appealing space.
Have you ever walked into a room and you feel overwhelmed or uncomfortable? Often that happens when there is no focal point for your eye to rest on in the space. A focal point helps ground a room and gives your eye something to land on. It creates a mood and a tone for a space. Without a focal point, a space isn't as visually pleasing or interesting. A blank wall or a tv is not what you want as your focus. The good news is, it isn't challenging to create a focal point in your space. I'm going to show you how.
What is a Focal Point? The center of interest or activity.
Every well-designed space needs a focal point. Whether it's an architectural detail, a lighting fixture, a color, a piece of artwork, or a view, a focal point will be the spotlight of the room. However, it's very important to choose the right item in a room to highlight otherwise, it can dominate the eye and not set the right tone and mood for a space.
Ok, so if focal point means the center of interest, then it will be the one thing that your eye is drawn to in the room. I encourage you to walk into your space. What is the first thing your eye is drawn to in your room? If you said windows, or a tv, or a large piece of artwork, then you have your focal point. If your eye is wandering and not landing on anything, then we need to create one.
How can you achieve it in your room?
In my foyer, I have created a focal point by grouping together black and white photos of our travels. You can read more about this gallery in this post.
Another example of this is from Little Bits of Home. She created a gallery wall of art and photos in her hallway.
photo via Little Bits of Home
Here is a beautiful example of this from Sharon Joy Interiors. She painted her guest bedroom ceiling a bold black. It is absolutely stunning!
photo via Sharon Joy Interiors
I love how Domicile 37 painted the fireplace and surrounding area a dramatic black in this space. It really draws your eye to it and creates a stunning backdrop for the furnishings in the room.
photo via Domicile 37
Here, Kim from Knock it off Kim used built-in bookshelves to create a focal point in her dining room/ playroom space.
photo via Knock it off Kim
Photo via The Honeycomb Home
Another colorful rug in the home of Ariel, from PMQ for two.
Photo via PMQ for Two
My friend, Emily, from Two Purple Couches, really has two purple couches and they are the statement pieces of her living space.
Photo via Two Purple Couches
And just like last time, similar to interior design, fashion relies on the same principles. In planning an outfit, use a statement necklace or scarf to create a focal point to your outfit. Keep all other competing accessories or patterns to a minimum.
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I love the black fireplace – very dramatic! It’s also interesting how the bright colous (in the seats etc) seems to nutrealise the darker colour making it more cool than stark.
These gallery walls are so inspiring! Love them and need to get going at my house!
Thank you, Chloe!
Love this series. It’s great to redefine the basics. Pinned!
Thank you, Kati! I hope it is helpful to someone!
Such a fun blog series! I love all the inspiration photos you picked. Your gallery wall is one of my faves!
Thank you, Meg!
Great idea for a series and I love the examples! So many beautiful and unique spaces but they illustrate your point very well.
Thank you, Rachel!!
What a great idea for a series! I’ll be tuning in because I need all the help I can get when it comes to interior design!!
Thank you! I hope that it is helpful to others!
What a great roundup and great tips Amy! thanks so much for sharing, pinning!
Such a great explanation of this topic! I really need to work on this…I am looking around my house right now and seeing if I have focal points in each room…I definitely have some work to do!
Good information. Love how you showed the examples.
Thank you, BonBon. I hope it is helpful to someone!
Good and useful information. Love the examples, like the stair gallery wall and Sharon’s wall!
Thank you, Sara! Agreed, Sharon’s wall is the best!
These are great tips! I love your stairwell gallery wall and the chest of drawers at the bottom! Thanks for including my gallery wall in your post!
Love these tips – and all of the inspiration photos are so gorgeous!
Such beautiful pictures of homes! I have a soft spot for any and all gallery walls!
Thank you, Emily! I love a good gallery wall as well!
Amy, these are such great tips. Thanks for including my space as one of your examples! 🙂
Thank you, Roxanne! I’m so glad you found it helpful!
You look so stylish, love the purse, I love adding photos going up my stair way that all are measured equally and same frames, gives a symetrical look.
Thank you, Maria!