In our last blog post, we discussed how to create a 'Wow' feeling when someone enters a room by dressing up a room's wall with color, architecture, additional wall trim or paneling, and even adding patterns on using decals or wallpaper on the wall of ceiling.

Now, let's talk about how to create the "Aha" feeling of a room by creating the perfect focal point. A focal point is the "thing" your eyes land on when you enter a space. It can be an architectural feature, a piece of furniture, a artwork, or a light fixture. Choosing the right item to emphasize sets the tone and mood for a space.

But how do you create a focal point that doesn't dominate or compete with other objects in the room? Here are some tips and ideas from professional interior designers that will help you achieve this goal.

- Think about where you might naturally walk or look in the room. Identify three points in the room that you are naturally drawn to. Now, choose which one you want to make the main focal point. It could be your fireplace mantle in your living room or just above the bed in your bedroom.
- Use contrast to make your focal point stand out. You can use color, texture, pattern, or shape to create contrast. For example, if you have a neutral wall, you can hang a bold painting or a large mirror to create a focal point. If you have a smooth wall, you can add texture with a stone or brick feature wall or a wood paneling.
- Use symmetry and balance to create harmony around your focal point. You can arrange your furniture and accessories in a way that complements your focal point without overshadowing it. For example, if you have a fireplace as your focal point, you can place two matching chairs on either side of it and add some decorative objects on the mantle.
- Use lighting to highlight your focal point. You can use natural light from windows or skylights, or artificial light from lamps or fixtures to draw attention to your focal point. For example, if you have a beautiful window with a view as your focal point, you can use sheer curtains to let the light in and frame the window. If you have an artwork as your focal point, you can use spotlights or track lights to illuminate it.

Here are some examples of focal points that professional interior designers like to use:

- A dramatic wallpaper that adds color and pattern to a wall. This can be especially effective in small spaces like powder rooms or entryways.
- A large piece of furniture that anchors the room and provides function and style. This can be an oversized sofa, a bed with a headboard, or a dining table with chairs.
- A statement light fixture that adds drama and interest to the ceiling. This can be a chandelier, a pendant light, or a floor lamp.

Creating a focal point is one of the best ways to make your home decor more interesting and inviting for your guests. Try these tips and ideas and see how they transform your space!

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