I was thinking back to when I had my Home Staging Academy to train and certify new home stagers. What I taught them applies really to anyone who is a DIY person and wants to work on their space.
Some concepts that I taught were very specific for staging a home to sell, totally different in many ways than designing to live in a space. Some concepts overlap however and I want to talk about those over the next few weeks.
First lets talk about Focal Point. The focal point is: the area in each room that immediately captures the attention. Also defined as the location in each room where the eye lands first.
In many cases the focal point is easy to see, the fireplace, a stunning vintage built-in buffet, or it can even be the view.
You want to play up the focal point and not distract from it.
What do you do if you don’t have a focal point? Create one! A large light fixture, a large piece of artwork or a large piece of furniture can become your focal point.
What happens if you have too many focal points? You basically don’t have one as your eye is bouncing to all the focal points and doesn’t know where to land.
If you are having trouble determining the focal point in one of your rooms, have friends stop by and ask them where their eye was first drawn. Another tool is snapping a photo of the room with your phone and seeing where your eye lands when you open the photo.
Remember….try to make your focal point clear. Play around with it by adding and deleting until you have it defined.
Stay tuned for my next blog post about Balance!