Create a Focal Point

As an interior designer I often walk into homes to find "uncomfortable" looking spaces.  One of the most common problems is that there is no focal point within a room, thereby creating confusion to the viewer.  One room can - and should - have many focal points as it is viewed from many angles when in use.  Think about how your room looks from all sides and how you can create interest and a place for the eye to rest comfortably.  The answer is not always in the obvious places such as fireplaces or windows.  

Here a sofa and the wall behind it become a focal point.  The large piece of art forces your eye to rest in that area and on the sofa and cushion combination…


From this angle, in the same room, the chair and the oversized angle poise floor lamp catch your attention…

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