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By Roelf Nel

The focal point of a room is the main area of interest where the eye is drawn. It is not always located in the middle of the room, and may not be as obvious as you think.

To determine your room’s focal point, ask yourself these questions: When you enter the room, what is the first colour that pops out? What is the first thing that your eyes rest on? Do you have a fireplace or an oversized or bow window? Is there a large object in your room, like a piano or sculpture?

The focal point of a room is usually located exactly at eye level. An example of this is a piece of art over a mantle or a glossy black and white piano tucked in the corner.

A room’s layout and traffic flow will have a significant impact on what a room’s focal point is, and you should keep this in mind when redecorating. You can use a mirror to transport a focal point to another place in the room and maximize its effect. You should especially do this in open floor plans.

It is crucial to define the focal point of a room so that you can plan your décor layout around it. The focal point establishes lines of reference and a pattern of symmetry that are followed to achieve equilibrium and harmony within a room.

Painting just one wall will really change the focal point of the living room without getting into a major redecorating project. If your room has a niche, it is the perfect choice for extra colour. You can choose a bold, contrasting colour picked from a floral fabric, or a subtle tone darker than the tone of the other walls. Any change in colour will add interest and splash!

There is one element in your bathroom that completely stands out above most others, and has the ability to completely change the look of a room. Bathroom vanities. Bathroom vanities are able to set the mood for the whole room from their style, and are inevitably the focal point of a bathroom’s décor.

To take advantage of your focal point as much as possible, define it in a way that can be seen from the entryway, exit, and main areas of the room. Make sure that seating areas are located directly around the focal point, and that while confined enough for successful interaction, they are aimed directly at the point of focus.

Visit the Pinterest Board and find some creative ideas on focal points.

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Finding the Focal Point