Living Room Focal Point Tips

The living room focal point is designed to draw the eye, to act as the heart of the room from which the rest of the design grows. It’s all about finding that one part of the room that captures the most attention. Here, I’m going to look at some ideas behind excellent focal points for your living room, as well as a couple of mistakes you should avoid. I plan on following my own advice with these tips as we are looking to make the most out of our own living room focal point at the moment, having recently moved.

Use Them To Make The Room Look Bigger

If you’re decorating a small room, then you should use every trick in the book to make it seem a little more spacious. Using a wide mirror, such as above your mantlepiece, is an excellent way to do that. Mirrors are great at reflecting natural light, helping it fill the space much more effectively. You can space wall art on either side of it to help draw the eye towards it, as well.

Don’t Let Your TV Be Your Focal Point

Often, a large TV will be the focal point of a room by default since they tend to stand out and be positioned to draw attention as much as possible. However, this can be a little tacky and undermine the rest of your décor choices. You don’t have to get rid of it but you can hide or disguise your TV, such as by using closets, so it doesn’t demand more attention than it needs. We’ve always made this mistake in the past.

Do Highlight Architectural Features When Possible

Older homes will have the easiest time doing just this. Highlighting architectural features such as fireplaces or cubby holes shows off what’s most unique about your home, adding a sense of time and class to it. If you don’t already have one, inset electric fires can help you create a focal point out of nothing. Few things look more welcoming and warming than a hearth, but you don’t have to deal with all the hassle that comes with having a natural one. I certainly couldn’t be chewed with the clearing out and relaying of an open fire.

Living Room Focal Point Tips: Don’t Clutter Them

You want attention to naturally be drawn to the living room focal point but surrounding it with endless stuff can have quite the opposite effect. Make sure you plan your living room layout to give it enough space and make sure that your furniture isn’t crowding around it too much. It can end up distracting and detracting away from it. 

Use Living Room Focal Points To Cover Up Empty Walls

If you have a large empty wall in the room, it’s going to attract attention for the wrong reason. Big walls can be awkward spaces, but you can just as easily make them a focal point by turning them into a feature wall. Wall art, photo galleries, and the like can add a lot of personality but, if you’re aiming for a more minimalist look, feature wallpaper can give them more character without filling them with tons of stuff. 

A well-placed living room focal point can set the mood for the room, bring attention to the most attractive features, and make a real statement. Hopefully, the tips above give you a better idea of what it should and shouldn’t be. Now I need to find myself a feature wallpaper. Or a mirror.

 

Styling Your Home

Styling Your Home

I may have mentioned once or twice that I moved into a new home, a fabulous 1930’s bungalow packed with character. We’ve been in for three months now and so now is the time to add some new style to the place. Styling your home is not always the easiest thing to do, but once you have some kind of general direction to head in, it becomes a lot easier.  Keep reading for top tips for adding a new look without too much fuss.

New Furniture

The first thing that we are going to look at is adding some new furniture to your home. You need to ensure that your space is fully kitted out with everything that you could possibly need. The best way to do this is to go room by room and make a list of the things that you want in there. For example, in the living room, you are obviously going to need a sofa, perhaps a coffee table at the bare minimum. If you are looking for ideas for the bedroom, then you could look at Rauch wardrobes, a dressing table, obviously a bed and whatever else you can think of to enhance the space and comfort of the room. 

New furniture brings an entirely different vibe into each room so if you are styling your home then this is likely what you are looking for. Don’t be afraid to go for something that is a little different here! It’s our lounge that needs the most furniture-wise at the moment. What looked great in the old house looks “ok” here. I’m not happy with just “ok”!

Styling Your Home:  Use Colourful Art

Lots of people have art hanging on the walls of their home, and if you are looking for something new or exciting to try, then you might want to look into colourful pieces. A lot of the time, the paintings that you will see on people’s walls are plain or bare with minimal amounts of colour yet I’m finding that when styling your home you can really go all out with artwork and enjoy a statement piece. Make them really stand out by placing them on a white wall and ensuring that the piece you choose bursts out of the page. It will really make your entire home feel more vibrant and can help to create a good atmosphere in your home. I have my eye on some local artists for a few special pieces. 

Keep It Minimal

If when styling your home you want to keep in with the local interior design trend consider keeping your design minimal. Done right, minimalist design and styling opens out the space and draws attention to the natural beauty of the home, which is why it is such a popular option at the moment.

I hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see how you can add some new style to your home. If you want to see some of my styling your home pins, head over to my Pinterest.

 

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