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Every Room Needs a Focal Point

Part of putting together an ensemble of clothing is to provide a focal point—a central focus for the eye. For women this can be a necklace, a scarf, or a bold jacket. For men, it can be a tie, hat, or a shirt that is colorful or makes a statement.

Similarly, when arranging items in a room, it is helpful to establish a focal point—a central point of focus for the eye. Everything else in the room will know its place better, if the focal point is established first.

This can be a large picture or mirror on the wall, or your largest piece of furniture. It could perhaps be a large floral arrangement that catches the eye. If you find that your wall hangings aren’t working, it could be that you have competing focal points. If so, choose the best focal point for that wall, and eliminate the other one or find a more suitable place for it.

If your furniture is competing for the right spot, try placing your main furniture piece in a central line of sight with other smaller, complementary pieces arranged around it. This provides for balance in the room that gives a settled feeling. If there is competing pieces around the room with no focus, the atmosphere feels confused. If there is an oversized piece on one side of the house, it can make for an off-balanced feeling in the room. If you square things up, you’ll find that there is more balance.

Find the purpose for each room. Is it conversation, entertainment, relaxing, office work, or eating? Once you know the general purpose of that room, you can establish the items that should go in that room. Each room has a different purpose, and therefore a different atmosphere. Generally, the more formal rooms are arranged near the entrance of a home, and are suitable for entertaining guests. The more casual, practical rooms are further into the interior of the home where the family dwells on a daily basis.

Finding rooms and pieces of furniture to serve both practical and decorative purposes can be a challenge, but with a little strategizing and helpful suggestions, you can make your home both comfortable and beautiful.

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