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

 

How To Create Cheap And Effective Wall Art

When we think of adding finishing touches to our interior walls many of us always opt for traditional features such as mirrors, paintings or photos to create a focal point in our home. Whilst these ideas do look good and compliment our homes they can often be expensive to purchase or can not quite provide the personalised feel that many of us like within our homes.

If you are looking to try something different and have a little spare time on your hands then why not try out some of these cheap and easy DIY wall art ideas and create a unique and fabulous feature wall within your home.

1. Cork Art

This fun design will look great in a kitchen or dining room area, and creates a textural as well as visual appeal on your interior walls. Collect a range of old and new wine bottle corks (you may need to ask friends and family for a hand with this lol) and then get yourself a glue gun and get creative. You can stick the corks inside a frame or stick them together to form a simple rectangle or circle design or why not have some more fun and stick them together to form a wine bottle or wine glass design.

 

2. Postcard Art

Post card art work is a great alternative to photographs and can be used to tell a story about you and your family. Firstly choose your postcards, these can be your favourite books (left), destinations that you have visited, or would like to visit, vintage post cards or famous landmarks. Stick your cards to a MDF board or canvas and hang on a central interior wall.

 

3. Wallpaper or Fabric Art

Sometimes it is hard to find a picture that matches the style or colour scheme within your home but there is a simple answer to your problems…Wallpaper! Wallpaper art work is a great way of complimenting your current interior and adding a focal point to your home, Take a selection of small wallpaper samples from your local DIY store and glue or staple them to some small, large or mixed sized MDF squares for an array of pattern and colour. This look can also be achieved using scraps of fabric that can be co-ordinated or contrasted against your cushions and curtains.

 

4. Frames

Who said that frames can’t make a statement without anything inside them? A carefully arranged set of modern or traditional frames can create a visually stunning piece of wall art that can be tailored to your exact requirements. Purchase a selection of frame sizes, or use some old frames that you have lying around the house. You can also find some in the sale areas of shops with some small marks or chips (this doesn’t matter as they will be painted). Firstly plan out your design on your chosen wall and then decide on your colour choice, you can opt for single or multiple colours depending on your interior style. Prime and paint your frames and then hang in your chosen design; this can be flat to the wall or layered (using glue) for an eye-catching 3D effect.

 

5. Clipboards

This fun idea works really well in a children’s room or kitchen area and creates an interactive area that all the family can enjoy. Purchase some cheap clipboards from a stationary store and paint them with your chosen colour selection; they can be all the same or multicoloured for a vibrant pop of colour. Cut some wording out of some card or MDF (we think ‘Art’ or ‘To Do’ work well), and then paint in matching colours. Arrange on the wall in your chosen design, this can be a linear formation or an abstract design and then add your finishing touches. Clip your children’s latest artwork, shopping lists, postcards or appointment cards to your boards for a great, tailor made alternative to a traditional notice board.

 

For original images and more wall art ideas, head over to our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Wall Art.

 

White Christmas

If you are dreaming of a white Christmas this year then don’t worry about checking out the weather forecasts. Why not bring that famous snowy Christmas scene inside your home with cool and crisp interior furniture and accessories that will transform your home into a frosty winter wonderland.

For inspirational winter interiors and original images take a look at our Christmas Pinterest board Pinterest – White Christmas.

Colour Palettes

People are often concerned that white interiors can look boring, bland and cold however with some clever hints and tricks you can create a serene and uplifting space that oozes glamour and sophistication. Different tones of white paint and wallpaper can be partnered together to give a universal yet dynamically tonal interior that gives a soft and feminine ambiance within your home. Muted greys and silvers also fit perfectly into this colour scheme and add a splash of glittering glamour to glacial home.

 

 

Accessories

White Christmas decorations, fabrics and accessories are a classic and elegant addition to any winter interior and create a crisp and frosty ambiance that feels festive and fun. White Christmas baubles, beads and tinsels can be partnered with glimmering silvers and Arctic blues for an added frosty effect. Chunky knitted Christmas stockings, rugs, fair isle throws and woolen cushions create the perfect balance of cool colour tones and cosy textured fabrics; ideal for cosying up on the cold winter nights.

 

Furniture

To complete your white winter interior then look no further than sophisticated and elegant white painted furniture such as our fabulous French White Furniture. The delicate carvings and soft white painted exteriors will add an illuminating and uplifting feel to your bedroom, living room or dining room area creating a dazzling yet relaxing haven for you to enjoy.

 

Who says winter has to be a dark and miserable time? We don’t! By transforming your home into a cosy, Lapland inspired interior you can enjoy the beautiful and bewitching snowy ambiance of Christmas without leaving the comfort of your stylish and comforting home.

Bonfire Night Inspiration – Colour Pop

Remember, remember the fifth of November; gunpowder, treason and…POP!

This Bonfire night we are celebrating with a burst of colour and taking a look at the latest interior trend – Colour pop. Whether its a splash of colour in your furniture, a burst of vibrancy with your accessories or an accent colour in your textiles, colour pop is a sure fire way of adding style and interest to even the blandest of interiors.

More original images and colour trend ideas can be found on our pinterest page Pinterest – Colour pop.

Walls

One of the simplest ways to inject some dynamic colour into your home is with a strong and vibrant feature wall. This can be achieved by using an eye-catching paint finish or a bright and cheerful wallpaper on a single focal wall. Colours such as strong blues, pinks, reds and greens make a real impact in even the smallest of home interiors and fit equally well when partnered with more neutral and classic, muted tones. This colour technique works extremely well in minimal white interiors creating a focal point that gives a cheerful ambiance to your living space.

 

 

 

A selection of colourful accessories can give a small yet eye-catching pop of colour without overpowering the rest of your interior. This interior design technique is perfect for those who wish to experiment with colour but are not quite brave enough to create a permanent colour feature within a room. This look can be achieved using a variety of ornaments, vases, cushions and art pieces and can be contained in one area of your interior or spread across your room to suit your style and tastes.

 

Textiles

The added bonus of using colourful textiles within your interior is their perfect partnership of aesthetics and texture. Colourful textiles can make a huge impact on the feel and mood of an interior. Curtains, rugs bedding and throws create a sumptuous burst of colour for a vibrant and uplifting ambiance that does not overpower your interior style. Their warm and cosy feel match perfectly with the tropical energy that is embodied in the colour pop trend.

Whether its a hint of electrifying colour or a fun and  lively wallpaper, the colour pop trend is easily achievable and sophisticatedly stylish. What better way to brighten up these dreary autumn months than a shocking injecting of summer time colour that will definitely require some indoor sunglasses!