How To Create A Focal Point In Your Interior

Modern day homes can often appear disjointed and cluttered due to the unavoidable items that grace our homes such as media devices, accessories, heaters and general bits and bobs. With the need for extra storage space and display units, our home interiors have lost that traditional sense of organisation that created a centralised and stylish space in which to relax.

The focal point of your interior should be the first thing that draws your eye as you enter a room, it can be created using colour, furniture, accessories or a simple change of layout and can transform even the most blank of canvases into a sleek and sophisticated interior design.

 

Wall Art

Wall art and Wallpaper are a great way of creating a focal point in a neutral interior space and work particularly well in plain interiors that lack a chimney breast or natural focal point. Opt for a bold patterned wallpaper with colour and depth or for a more subtle yet still eye-catching finish opt for neutral palettes with a hint of metallic pattern or finish. Wall art can be used to draw the eye to a plain painted wall or can seamlessly highlight a sofa or sideboard area. Large and contemporary images work great in minimal homes whilst traditional portraits and landscapes can also create a soft and refined focal point in more classic interior styles.

 

Fireplaces

The fireplace has long been used as the focal point in the living room area as it provides a centralised and visually appealing area that can dictate the layout and seating arrangements of a room. A large mantelpiece creates an eye-catching centre piece that can be further emphasised using a vase, ornaments of photo frames for added detail and visual effect. Modern electric fires can work equally well, with wall mounted designs being used to compliment a wallpapered or painted chimney breast wall. This creates a zoned area of detail and colour that provides functional practicality as well as elegant interior style.

 

 

Lighting

Lighting is a fabulous way of creating a centrepiece within your chosen room and is the ideal way of creating a focal point in smaller or more awkward interior spaces. A large, single drop light works extremely well in creating a central area of detail and light that can be used to draw attention to an item below, such as a dining table, bed or seating area. Large French or Italian chandeliers look great in classic or contemporary home interiors whilst modern sculptural designs will add a visual artwork that makes a great alternative to a ornament or picture. Opt for bold coloured styles or elegant crystal designs to co-ordinate your lighting choice to your interior style and palette.

 

TVs

They may not be the most beautiful items in the world but our TVs have become to social point of our home with many an evening spent catching up on our favourites TV series and films. Creating a more visually delightful setting for these often ugly devices can be tricky, but with all eyes and furniture drawn towards your TV it becomes a necessary focal point that requires a balance of style and elegance. Opt for a grand and eye-catching TV cabinet that will provide a complimentary focal point but will also hide a multitude of wires and clutter. Alternatively you can create a wall mounted focal point by incorporating your TV as a piece of wall art on a centralised wall or chimney breast.

 

Furniture

Furniture can create a natural focal point in an interior depending on its size, colour and impact on its internal space. Sideboards, console tables and display cabinets create a visual focal point that once again will draw the eye to a particular wall or chimney breast and can be adorned with complimentary items that add to the overall visual finish. Focal points do not have to be against a wall however, a grand and eye-catching dining table, coffee table or bed can draw the eye to the centre of the room with your seating, decor and smaller items orbiting the centrepiece of your interior space.

 

For more inspirational ideas that will create a focal point within your home, head over to our latest Pinterest board – Pinterest – Focal Points

 

Vive La France!

Ooh La La! We have come over all French this week at The Furniture Market as we have been taking a look at the elegant and refined Parisian styles that have hit the interior design world this season. Canotta Caratteristiche With opulent fabrics, furnishings and decor, Parisian interiors simply ooze glamour and sophistication and create the perfect blend of timeless, renaissance styling and functional modern day living.

The key to an opulent and chic Parisian interior is the perfect partnership between furnishings and decor.

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  • Sumptuous muted tones and period colours are seamlessly used across the furniture, fabrics and walls to create a feeling of luxury, city glamour.

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    The traditional colour palette for a sumptuous Parisian interior features dusky, period tones such as blacks and greys, vintage whites and classic blues, greens and reds that create a soft and cosy feel that oozes flamboyance and richness. new balance roma viale dell’aeronautica These base colour tones are often accompanied by golds, silvers and bronze to intensify the grandiosity of this interior style.

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  • Baroque style wallpapers and lavish floral patterns can be used to accentuate a feature wall or why not choose a contemporary twist on the Parisian theme with a bold, Paris inspired wallpaper that will create a wow factor in any interior.

     

     

    In any French interior fabrics, textiles and accessories take centre stage and create a sense of stateliness and splendor that is characteristic of the Parisian interior trend. Nike Air Max 2016 Heren Rich colours and patterns are usually found on bedding, cushions, chairs and curtains with heavy drapes, swags and tassels being a prominent feature; particularly in living areas and bedrooms.

    If this grand and somewhat over the top look is simply not for you then you can bring this glamorous style into the 21st Century by using bold and bright colours or monochrome decor. Try adding some Parisian printed bedding, throws and curtains or use simple French artwork, mirrors and lamps to add an air of Paris to your home interior.

     

    Furniture and accessories will add the finishing touch to any Parisian style interior. nike air max 2016 zwart Sumptuous seating is the perfect way to add a refined elegance to your interior space whilst providing practicality and functionality for you and your guests. Canotte Phoenix Suns Combined with fabulous fabrics, cushions and rugs it will create an area of finery and relaxation.

     

     

    Lighting was a feature addition in all traditional Parisian interiors. Canotta Phoenix Suns Grand chandeliers or contemporary chrome recreations can be hung centrally in your chosen room to create an illuminating and eye-catching centrepiece in your interior.

    How To Create A Romantic Interior

    Everyone loves a splash of romance in their lives. Whether its a box of chocolates, a bunch of roses or a candlelit dinner for two, sometimes all we want is to get swept away in the moment. Why not make that moment permanent with a soft and delicate romantic interior that will transform even the blandest of homes into a fairytale retreat.

     

    Roses

    It would be impossible to create a romantic interior without a splash of floral. Roses are a must have addition to your interior space as their delicate and feminine touch will create a soft and serene ambiance within your home. Opt for fresh or artificial bunches of flowers for your tables or bedsides or pick floral print designs for your bedding, cushions or artwork for a romantic focal point that adds a splash of colour to a neutral colour palette.

     

     

     

    Lighting

    When choosing your lighting for your romantic interior think of grand ballrooms and fairytale castles for a dash of inspiration. Opulent chandeliers make the perfect centrepiece in a bedroom or living room and look especially dazzling positioned directly above your dining table for those romantic evening meals. Clear crystals work wonderfully in a wide range of interior decors whilst coloured designs work best in a minimal setting so they can take centrestage within your room.

     

    Candles

    Dim down the lights and light some candles for a truly romantic interior ambiance. Scented candles will create a fabulous atmosphere within your home and come in a wide range of colours and jars that can be incorporated into your interior design scheme. For me Candelabras are a key piece in created a romantic feel within your home and can make a great alternative to a lamp. Opt for simple silver and whites designs for a soft and delicate feel that embraces the rich and luxurious feel of period interiors. Place your candelabra on a mantelpiece, side table or in the centre of your dining table for a truly serene and romantic feel.

     

    Mirrors

    Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is fairest of them all? Ever since I first read the tale of Snow White I have had a love for all things mirrored. A grand and luxurious mirror can take pride of place above a mantelpiece or hallway and provides a place to admire yourself in your bedroom or dressing room. Their light and bright exterior will create the illusion of space in even the smallest of homes. For a truly romantic feel, choose designs that are intricate and feminine and choose white, silver or shabby chic paint effects for a muted yet opulent feel or opt for shimmering gold for a rich palatial ambiance.

     

    Drapery

    Fabric and drapery are the perfect way to add a luxurious and romantic feel to your interior setting. Curtains should feature heavy swags and excessive pools of fabric that create a rich and opulent feel to your home. Nets and voiles can be draped from ceilings or bed frames to create delicate canopies of fabric that will provide a sleeping space that is filled with romance and femininity. Keep your colour choice light and bright to counteract the excess use of fabric. White, silver, gold and pink look great on their own or together for a light and appealing visual look.

     

    Furniture

    When it comes to selecting key furniture items for your interior design, there is nothing more romantic than an elegant and opulent bed frame like our French chateau white carved four poster bed. With its feminine carvings and intricate twisted posts this bed will create a soft and romantic setting that is perfect for creating your very own fairytale bedroom. Its large and eye-catching design will take centrestage in your bedroom area and is ideal for creating that must have fabric canopy around your bed.

     

    For more inspiring and romantic interior designs and accessories head over to our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Romantic Interiors or for matching items to compliment our four poster bed then take a look at our extensive French Chateau white painted furniture collection.

     

     

    How To Create A Rococo Style Interior

    Opulent sculptures, glimmering golds and silvers and rich and opulent colour schemes are well recognised features of classic Rococo interiors. Their sumptuous designs and luxurious ambiance provide a sense of exquisite glamour in any interior setting.

    Pastel tones are hot on trend this season and play a major role in the palettes of the late Baroque period whilst the French love of precious metals emphasises the versatility and flamboyance of the metallic trends that have made their way from the catwalk into our homes. You can follow these simple and easy steps to create an authentic Rococo interior that is befitting of any French palace.

    Wallpaper

    Bold statement wallpapers are an ever present feature in Rococo style interiors. And can be seen in almost every room in the Palace of Versailles. Large baroque prints and floral designs are partnered with opulent gold, silver and black colour trends and can also be found in uplifting blue, pink and pastel tones for a more demure interior feel. With the revival of these sumptuous French interior designs, these wallpapers have become widely available on the high street and make a fabulously eye-catching feature wall in any bedroom, living room or dining room area.

     

     

    Lighting

    Lighting plays a huge role in Rococo style interior designs and often takes centrestage in a room arrangement or grand entrance hall. Traditional and opulent chandeliers are hung from centrally visible ceiling spaces and look fabulous in a living room, bedroom or hanging directly above a luxurious dining table, providing a talking point in any dinner party. As an alternative to traditional table lamps, Rococo interiors contain numerous designs of candelabra as a functionable and stylish interior accessory. From classic gold and silver designs to crystal and glass styles they make a wonderful feature in a table, window or side table.

    Accessories

    Late Baroque interiors certainly do not shy away from accessories and embellishments. homes were filled with ornaments, sculptures, candlesticks and pottery creating a busy yet not overcrowded interior feel. Classical style busts and sculptured were a prominent feature in Rococo style homes and were often carved in the appearance of historical figures, images from mythology or even the owners of the properties themselves. Simple crisp marble and plaster designs worked well in lighter and brighter interior colour palettes whist gold and bronze statues sit perfectly in bold and glamorous interior settings.

     

    Seating

    Rococo interiors went hand in hand with the the excessive and palatial lifestyle that was evident during the late baroque period. With many rich french citizens choosing to spend their days eating, drinking and relaxing; flamboyant seating became a must have item in any fashionable french interior. Luxurious occasional chairs and lavish chaise lounges took pride of place in a sitting room or bedroom and created the perfect space for perusing a book or taking an afternoon nap

     

    Furniture

    Surprise surprise… as with all other aspects of Rococo style interiors; more really is more! Furniture designs featured extravagant and ornate carvings as well as bold painted or metallic covered solid wood designs that would create an awe inspiring splash of luxury in any interior space. Gold leaf furniture such as this French gold leaf console table with mirror will create an authentic Baroque style that will transform any home into a miniature Parisian palace. If you are lucky enough to own or find an authentic Rococo furniture item, you can try your hand and some furniture restoration and bring your home to life with a splash of colour or classic paint effects that will add a sense of opulence to your home interior.

    For all original photography and Rococo interior ideas, check out our latest pinterest board - Pinterest – Rococo interiors and for more inspirational Baroque style furniture take a browse through our luxurious French furniture collections.