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Focal Wall Tips Transcript
Hello, everyone welcome back to my channel, i’m julie and today we are talking about the one thing. I feel that every room needs a focal point. A focal point is simply a statement making element that brings balance to a room in the bedroom.
It’s, naturally the bed in the dining room. It could be a fabulous table, surrounded by really cool chairs, all grounded by a beautiful light fixture overhead. But what about the living room? There are so many elements in a living space that can become the focal point and it may not immediately be obvious.
So how do you choose which one takes? [ Music ] priority? It’s, quite a popular issue that a lot of you comment about. I have all this blank space on my walls that i don’t know what to do with. How do you decorate all this blank white wall space? Let’s, start with the basics and define what exactly a focal point is.
A focal point is a space in a room that you want to draw attention to that ultimately becomes the center of attention in that space. It could be a wall. It could be a corner, [, Music ]. It could be an entire elevation that creates a hierarchy for the viewer to take in and enjoy.
But what does hierarchy mean? Imagine walking into a room, and there is so much to see hierarchy means which spot in the room your eyes immediately draw attention to first and then what do your eyes land on after that and after that and after that.
So why do you need to create a focal point? Because you want to draw more attention to a particular point in the space you want to give the eyes somewhere to land in a sea of furniture and decor. You might want to fill up blank wall space that feels too sparse.
There are many reasons to create a focal point and a million ways to design them before we move on. I want to clarify the difference between a focal point and a focal wall. A focal point can be any point of interest in a room.
It could be the furniture placement, it could be, a beautiful, bold area, rug, it could be a chandelier or even architectural detailing on the ceiling. A focal wall is simply a portion of the wall that you focus on, so the difference is really just that point of interest.
Is this something in the room or is it a particular wall? So now that i’ve broken down what a focal wall is and why you need it. Let’s, talk about the different ways to create one in your living space.
If you have unique architectural features of a room like a built-in bookcase or a fireplace, these are very natural focal points of the living room that are a little bit more obvious to discern here are some cool ways that you can bring more attention to your built-in Bookcase or fireplace come on: [ Music, ], hey [, Music, ] boy, [, Music, ], [, Music, ] or something [; Music, ], [, Music, ], hey [, Music, ], bye, [, Music ].
You might have an elevation of windows with a stunning view that commands attention. This wall of windows naturally becomes a focal point because of that gorgeous view. It’s, all about fabulous window treatments on this elevation of windows, [, Music, ], [, Music, ], [, Music ].
But what about all of those other empty walls in the living room that you just don’t know how to fill up contrary to what you might believe or how you’ve been taught. Creating a focal wall does not even start with the walls.
It actually starts with the furniture plant that’s, grounded on your floors. Why is this the case? Creating something for the eyes to focus on requires a three-dimensional perspective. You first need to designate what the intent is of the room simply put what is the function of this space? Then you can design a focal wall that becomes the background for that three-dimensional image and helps carry the design intent through the focal wall is then determined by understanding where the furniture plan is in relation to the living space.
Look at your space like an empty canvas in which you can layer and create your masterpiece. You’ll, be introducing a focal point and it all starts with your furniture placement. So how do you determine where that focal point lies? The wall that is behind your longest sofa should typically be designated as the focal wall, but that’s, not always the case.
Let’s, dissect the different types of furniture placement in a living room and how you can create a focal point carried from the furniture onto the walls. Artwork is one of the easiest ways that you can create a focal point on a focal wall statement.
Artwork is one large piece that grounds the back of a sofa or simply a large wall. [, Music, ], hey it can be flanked by strategic wall sconces to help draw more attention to that wall. Sometimes the statement art piece is flanked by windows.
Instead, in this case floor to ceiling drapery panels really amp up the drama. Sometimes the statement art piece can fill up the entire wall and add some color to the space or even a punch of pattern: [, Music, ], [, Music, ], hey [, Music, ], brush [, Music ].
Let’s, move on to gallery walls. One of the most common questions i get asked is: if gallery walls are still in and to be honest, i don’t, think gallery walls are going anywhere. There are so many ways to create a beautiful composition that doesn’t feel cluttered and can easily grow with you through the years come on, [, Music, ], hey [, Music, ], [, Music, ] marshall, [, Music ].
If gallery walls feel too cluttered for you and one statement, art piece feels way too large for your space. Try artwork in pairs or little or groups, [ Music, ], [, Music ]. You can style artwork in this repetitious pattern.
Repetition requires multiples of the same or similar images use identical frames to coordinate the [ Music ], look specify repetitious artwork, that is proportional in relation to the size of the wall behind the seating group.
Now that you understand what a focal point and a focal wall is in relation to your living room, let’s. Talk about all those other empty corners that you just don’t know what to do with a stylish corner.
Vignette can be created in a multitude of ways. You can try a club chair anchored by a statement, art piece and accented with a little side table for functionality. [, Music, ], [, Music ]. You can even try grounding an empty wall with a beautiful antique console with sculptural decor and artwork mounted on the walls.
[, Music, ], [, Music, ], hey the key to creating a focal point with a corner vignette, is to allow the eyes to travel from the floors onto the furniture and up on the walls. Can you have multiple focal points in one room? Absolutely once you designate what the dominant focal point or focal wall is in a room you can start to play with all of the other different elements in that space.
The goal is to give the eyes a place to rest. You don’t want to look around your living room and fill up every single blank wall space. You have always think about what’s happening underneath that wall to further your design, intent, let’s end this video with things that you should not do when it comes to creating a focal wall.
Don’t just paint the wall, one bold, arbitrary, color and call it a day. You all know how i feel about accent. Walls in this case a focal wall. Let’s, just paint it in one loud color, just don’t. Do it figure out what your design intent is for the space and choose a color if you’re using paint to create this statement? That ties in with the rest of your design think about what the true focus is in the living room and design a space to support your intent.
[ Music ], designing the focal wall is one of the key aspects to a well-designed room. You want to create an experience for the user and allow the home’s, aesthetic and vibe to come through by creating focal points from space to space.
The idea that a room must have one single focal point is a little bit more of a traditional approach to design and usually established for smaller spaces. I believe that for the larger living rooms, you can have multiple focal points, but you will be designing them in a way where there’s a hierarchy.
The best designed rooms are the ones that prioritize one large wow statement, focal wall and smaller, more intimate vignettes that are a little bit more subdued, but can carry just as much meaning, create multiple focal points and see which one you, like best move your furniture around Pull all of your art pieces into one space just create different compositions and see which works best for your living space.
There’s, no right and wrong way to create a focal wall in your space. My best advice is to experiment and to have fun doing it. If you like this type of content, please give this video a thumbs up, comment below and let me know if you have any questions on how to create a focal wall in your living room.
I’ll, do my best to answer all of your questions and maybe even help you come up with some creative solutions to help ground your living room, furniture and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel. If you haven’t already, thank you so much for watching.
I’ll, see you next week.
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