Focal point, not focal points

I have recently been working with a couple clients that have newer homes. Newer homes tend to have open floor plans, some have odd ceiling angles, many have tiny corner fireplaces, and more than a couple have an abundance of doorways ……at least in my recent experience.

All these things create problems when laying out furniture and finding a focal point for a room. Open floorplans are still all the rage, but many clients struggle with furniture layout in a large room that serves a couple purposes. The first thing you need to do is figure out the traffic pattern and then create rooms within a room. (Rugs work really well to delineate a space.)

Even though you are sectioning off areas, there should still be only one focal point in the room. It should be the one feature that your eye is drawn to immediately. Sometimes it’s a beautiful fireplace or architectural detail and sometimes it’s the view outside. Unfortunately, sometimes there is no apparent focal point and you have to create one with either paint, wallpaper, artwork ,or such.

If that is the case, make sure you are drawing attention to just 1 thing, remember it’s a “focal point” not “focal points.” You don’t want to have competition for attention in your room.

This is a really good article about focal points in a room, all the do’s and don’ts in a concise, easy read.

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Nancy bradley

I consult, design, and remodel spaces that reflect the homeowner’s lifestyle and budget by getting the cost question out of the way and really listening to what my client wants and how much they have set aside for their project.