How to Create Focal Points in Your Living Space

Is your room in need of a makeover? Have you been thinking about the ways to make a focal point in your living space, but didn’t know where to start? Fortunately, we have a few ideas up our sleeve and are willing to share them with you. From sprucing up your fireplace to creating an accent wall, there’s a full spectrum of possibilities that will help you transform your living space into an eye-catching interior everyone will admire.

Use art as a focal point

Your living space doesn’t have to be boring and without any art. Whether it’s something you bought, painted or gotten as a gift, consider incorporating wall art into the home décor. A large painting on an empty wall will instantly become a focal point of the room. A gallery wall is another option. Whether you choose to create a wall with photographs of your family members and friends, or you choose to hang a bunch of diverse art, it’ll become the most prominent spot in your living space.

An accent wall is also an option

If you’re not too into art and photographs, then you should consider repainting one of the walls and making it a focal point. Add a fresh coat of bold paint colour and build the rest of the interior around it. If you don’t wat to paint the entire wall, you can use painter’s tape or stencils to create patterns and shapes instead. Not a fan of bold colours? How about wallpapers with a variety of intricate patterns and shapes? You can use trendy wallpapers and make the wall truly pop. Get an image of a beach, a mountain, a rainforest or whatever comes to mind and transform your boring wall into a piece of art.

Play with window treatments and blinds

Windows can also easily become the central part of your room. Add stylish roman blinds to your windows to bring in a dose of chic and elegance to the room. Floor-to-ceiling drapes will also be a wise choice to dress up the windows. If you go with heavy thick fabrics and bold colours, you’ll really make the window a focal point to admire. Decorating the area around the window will also do the trick. Introduce two different seats, a sofa in unique fabric and colour and add a potted plant for extra décor.

Dress up a fireplace

If you have a fireplace, it can be a wonderful focal point. All it will require is a few modifications. How about you repaint it with a vibrant shade that will really make your interior pop? If your walls are white, a navy blue or emerald green paint will bring all the attention to your fireplace. Get some of your souvenirs or family heirloom and dress up the mantelpiece. That’ll do the trick. What if you don’t have a fireplace? You can always get a faux fireplace that will serve as decoration and a focal point at the same time.

Add a whimsical mirror

Are you looking for a focal point that will make a statement without overwhelming the interior? A whimsical mirror can be just what you need. Not only are they decorative, but they’re functional too and will reflect light as well. If you want to create a visually larger space, adding a mirror will be the least expensive option. Hang it in the middle of the wall and let it do its magic. Make sure the frame fits in with the rest of the décor, and keep in mind that not every shape will look flattering in your living space. Also, be careful where you’ll position it because mirrors can make or break the interior design depending on what part of the room they reflect.

Create a decorated corner wall

If you liked the idea of hanging a variety of art pieces on a wall, then you’ll love having an art corner even more. Chose two adjoining walls and transform the corner into a focal point. It doesn’t necessarily have to be filled with art pieces. Maybe you want to put a whimsical wallpaper there and dress up the corner with a bar cart or a sofa and a lampshade for you to have a reading nook. What if you get the self-adhesive quotes that you can stick to the wall and add a dose of charm to the room? The choice is vast, and the options limitless. All you need to do is choose what you like the most.

Final thoughts

Creating a focal point in your home may seem challenging, but with the right ideas, it will be perfectly achievable. All you need to do is inspect your living space and decide which part of it deserves the spotlight. Once you know that, you can work your way up, towards creating a stunning focal point and adding some charm to your otherwise boring interior.

Backyard Design Ideas For 2019

Living in a huge Victorian house is a dream of millions of people around the world, especially those who have spent all their lives regretting having been born 150 years too late. But, if you manage to find a cool Victorian house to purchase or rent, you’ll be in a position to turn all your wishes into reality, and all you have to do is maintain this house regularly and keep the high standard. One of the ways to do so is by focusing on the backyard and investing your energy and time into turning it into the best backyard in the world. If you too are planning on doing that sometime in the future, but still lack ideas, here’s what you can do.

Mow the Lawn Regularly

Old Victorian backyards were meticulously maintained and taken care of more than we can imagine today, and that’s exactly what you need to do as well. Mowing your lawn and making sure it’s always in the perfect condition is the first step towards having an amazing Victorian backyard – or any backyard, for that matter.

First, learn how often you have to mow the lawn, then get a decent commercial mower and some professional mowing equipment, and you’ll be ready to turn your lawn into the best one in the entire neighbourhood!

Focus on the Focal Point

This used to be another thing the Victorians were particularly proud of – the focal point. Whether it’s a fountain, a huge tree or a display of colourful flowers, they invested their time in making sure it’s the best focal point they could make.

The benefit of doing that is having something memorable in your backyard that will draw the attention of your visitors and show them just how much you care for your outdoor space. Also, it’s a way to add some class and elegance to your backyard, and turn it into a space you’ll just love spending time in every day of the week.

Build a Deck

Adding a deck to a Victorian house can be rather tricky, and unless you do it right, this feature could easily ruin the entire aesthetic of your home and make it seem inappropriate and ridiculous. But, if you aren’t afraid to think outside the box and invest your time into this project, you could boost the visual appeal of your home and make it more special than ever.

Building a deck may seem easy and rather simple, but it’s actually harder than most people think, which is why you should leave it to professionals. These people know how to pick the right material, where to position your deck, how to make it sturdy and durable, and they’ll teach you how to maintain your deck in the years to come as well. This way, you can be sure your deck will remain the most appealing feature of your home in the future too.

Add Some Paving

Huge Victorian houses come with huge Victorian backyards, and these are sometimes hard to deal with unless you have some help. You can’t walk from one corner to the other without some proper paving, so this is another project you should take into consideration.

Again, this is something you might want to leave to someone who’s a bit more experienced and skilled than you are, so hire a paving expert as soon as you can, and you can be sure they’ll finish the job professionally, efficiently and on time. Once they add some new paving to your backyard, you’ll be able to manoeuvre more easily and discover areas you’ve probably never visited before.

Build a Glasshouse or a Greenhouse

Lots of Victorians loved spending time in the open, and that’s how glasshouses were born – these spaces were somewhere between interior and exterior space, combining the best of both worlds. This is where people would drink their tea, eat their biscuits and talk with their friends, all while enjoying the afternoon sun.

Another idea you could explore is a greenhouse – this structure is primarily connected to gardening and planting various flowers, vegetables and plants, and it’s a hobby the Victorians loved. They would come here to take their minds off everyday troubles and focus on their own well-being, and that’s something you can do as well. Building a greenhouse shouldn’t be too hard as long as you have a proper plan and know what you’re doing, so explore this idea and enjoy your new hobby in your old Victorian backyard.

Turning your Victorian backyard into a special space you’re going to love and enjoy every day of the week isn’t as difficult as it may seem. In the end, all you have to do is give it some love and attention, making the most of this outdoor area and being able to spend as much time there as you can.

How To Make Your Living Room More Inviting By Lana Hawkins

There is that one thing that every living space should have in order to feel complete, and that thing is ambience. Creating a comfortable atmosphere in this space is one of the key aspects as it guarantees comfort, serenity and a more welcoming setting. But don’t despair, if you’re looking for simple ways to make your living room more inviting, you can rely on these few tricks.

Living Room Style

A Creative Focal Point

One of the biggest mistakes in living room decoration is putting accent on the wrong things. Having a focal point is a great way to put focus on something that will enhance the beauty of the space and create a more appealing ambience. Unfortunately, instead of putting focus on artistic centerpieces or accent walls, many people will choose to highlight the television set for example. This creates distractions and should be avoided at any cost. Also, try to go beyond a classic fireplace centerpiece and opt for an art piece instead, a sculpture or even a mixture of exotic plants. If you are feeling creative, keep in mind that a nice view can also serve as a great focal point.

Experiment with Colour

A clever colour combination can create a wonderful ambience, put focus on certain objects and even connect different spaces. Choosing a good colour scheme for your living room can be perceived as tricky, but the best solutions is to opt for warm shades that will ensure comfort and ease. If you wish to go a step further and experiment with something bold, you can always choose wallpapers with unusual textures and patterns. Keep in mind that, when choosing colours and patterns, balance is the key, but do not hesitate to add a dramatic twist or a simple splash of colour in order to bring the room back to life.

Home Decor

Mixture of Styles

While many would prefer to stick to just one style during their decoration ventures, sometimes doing something unconventional can truly affect the atmosphere in the space. For instance, if your living room exudes the minimalist fashion of the modern era, it’s a good idea to try and incorporate a dash of that charming Victorian style. At first, this might seem a bit unrealistic and rather tasteless, but those who manage to subtly blend these two styles together can indulge in an exquisite ambience of elegance, luxury and amenity.

Consider The Arrangement

Another important aspect of creating a more inviting atmosphere in the room, is carefully choosing your seating arrangement. There are a few factors that can greatly help you achieve that welcoming setting in your living room. Firstly, you will want to choose furniture that is not just aesthetically pleasing but also comfortable. Consider the arm rests, the height and the depth of the furniture pieces. Also, make sure to create a suitable balance between different pieces like tables, armchairs and sofas in order to achieve a structured setting. Keep in mind that the overall shape of the furniture but also the room itself can greatly influence how your seating arrangement will look like. Lastly, make sure to carefully place your furniture so it would allow good traffic but also make it easier to observe and communicate with your guests.

Living room

Enhance Your Senses

The thing that mostly affects the ambience in a room is creating a way to please all of your senses. Scented candles and incense sticks have the ability to create a relaxing and soothing ambience, while certain sounds and music can have calming effects However, the choice of lighting is one of the most important things, and as such, should be considered carefully. Allowing natural light in the room is always a good choice, while combining accent and decorative illumination will certainly give your room a wonderful look.

Most people have a tendency to spend too much time embellishing their living rooms in order to create a space that will please the eye. Of course, you can spend ages decorating your living area, making it feel more chic, modern and even functional, but in the end you will feel like something is missing. By implementing these few tricks, you will be able to experience the true sensation of your living space.

 

Author’s Bio: Lana Hawkins is a student of architecture from Sydney.  She is the editor-in-chief at Smooth Decorator, and she loves writing about inspiring landscaping and interior designs. Lana finds her inspiration in sustainability and green design.