The Focal Point
The main reason focal points are so popular is because they create an interesting place to draw the eyes, instantly creating a more interesting room. And focal points can come in all manner of forms, and a popular choice is a stunning fireplace or a piece of art work, modern or old fashioned, depending on your choice of decor. If you do have a chimney breast wall, this is typically the best wall for your focal point as it already draws the eye naturally. If you do not have a chimney breast wall however, this is not a bad thing. This means you have your pick of all fours walls to use for your focal point!
The Feature Wall
The feature wall works very much in the same way as the focal point, only instead of just one main item drawing your attention, you can have a whole wall dedicated to it! A feature wall tends to be the wall that is set apart from the rest using bold patterned wallpaper or vivid paint, and all other walls should be designed to further accentuate the feature wall.
The Illusion of Space
Although typically done in smaller or harsh and angular shaped rooms, this does not mean it is not ideal for any room. The creating the illusion of space and symmetry using the strategic hanging of one or more large mirrors is a very simple trick of the mind, and gives the eye the illusion of there being much more space surrounding you than there actually is.
Layered lighting is simply a posh name for lamps and dimmer switches, but the right form of lighting in the right place can really set off a room and create the perfect ambiance. For example, in a kitchen some under cupboard lighting is perfect for spotlighting certain areas, and in a living room the use of different height lamps and dimmer switches for ceiling lights can help create a cosy ambience.
It’s so easy to look at these perfect rooms with their elegant and clean decor in magazines and in shops, but when it comes to decorating your home you have to remember that each room you decorate will be lived in too! Plan some storage into each room with shelving and bookcases, chests and ottomans, cupboards and more to ensure your rooms stay as clutter free and tidy as the day you decorated them!
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