In interior design, the focal point is the centre of interest in a room and the place that immediately commands attention. From colour and natural light to art and architecture, this can manifest itself in a number of ways - and in today’s post, we’re bringing you our top tips for finding each room’s focal point and putting your stamp on your property.
- The bathtub itself is often the main point of focus in the bathroom. Size means that it usually takes up more space than any other object in your bathroom, so it makes sense to start here when designing your room. Free-standing bathtubs are great for drawing the eye - while a new panel on more traditional baths can give them a fresh look without the expense that comes with buying brand new
- The tiles around your bath and shower area are an important part of the design aspect, as they take up the majority of wall space. If your bathroom doesn’t benefit from a lot of natural light, the colour of your tiles can really brighten up the space you have
- When it comes to flooring, your design decisions can completely alter the room’s appearance. From carpet to tiles, find the materials that work best for you. If you’re intending the flooring to act as the focal point for the bathroom, consider bright and bold colours that immediately attract the eye
- If you’re working with an older bathroom, exposed plumbing doesn’t have to be an eyesore. Corrugated metal walls, exposed pipes and traditional claw-foot baths can add real character to a bathroom
- Whether it’s a wood-burning stove or a modern electric, wall-mounted design, fireplaces often act as centre-pieces for living spaces - with all other furniture arranged around them. If you’re using your fireplace as the focal point of your living room, consider the walls surrounding the space. From natural brick to a wallpapered hearth, the fireplace’s backdrop will add to its aesthetic appeal
- Patterned or beamed ceilings and ornate lighting options direct the eye upwards, heightening the appearance of the ceiling and making the room appear bigger than it is. This is an ideal design option for people living in smaller buildings or flats - as it opens up the room, making it feel more spacious (if clutter’s the issue, research your storage options)
- Your seating arrangements can also act as eye-catching focal points. Statement sofas, chunky chairs and large coffee tables can be angled so that they’re in your line of sight as you enter a room, immediately directing your attention to the seating area
- The bed is often the point of focus in the bedroom, taking up a large area of floor space. From its frame to its size, by moving your bed away from a main wall and facing it into the room, it can become the main point of focus
- For minimalist bedrooms, dominating walls are a great way to draw interest. Adults tend to opt for more neutral shades in the bedroom - but by adding a splash of colour to one wall, you can create a feature that instantly draws attention when you enter the room
- Choosing a piece of art for the bedroom is a great way to take the focus away from the sleeping area and draw the eye to a particular wall - plus, there’s the added benefit of being interchangeable with your room’s colour scheme
- The kitchen is often a hive of activity, and it can be tempting to try and implement several focal points - but this can make your kitchen look overcrowded and visually confusing. Flooring often plays an important role in a kitchen - particularly if you’re working with an open-plan space - so consider this when narrowing down your options
- Dramatic window structures can alter the appearance of a room - particularly oversized windows that offer a majestic view of the outdoors. Choose one or two objects to flatter the window, but avoid cluttering it - the framed view should be what attracts the eye
- Funky furniture options can bring a kitchen area to life - whether you have enough space for a breakfast bar or it’s a quirky collection of seating options in one corner of the room
Once you’ve settled on your focal point for each room, you can begin thinking about other ways to inject some creative inspiration into your interior design.