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diy project … creating a focal wall

Creating a focal wall in a space is more than just throwing a dramatic paint colour on a single wall and calling it an accent wall.  It’s about creating a centre of interest when we enter that space and balancing the design around that focal point.

Quite often the focal point occurs naturally in the architecture of the room.  It may be a fireplace, intricate moulding or a window.  So it’s important to let the architecture be your guide.  In the case of a fireplace you may want to enhance the mantel with a large piece of art or mirror so when you entre the room your eyes are immediately drawn to the mantel and not overwhelmed by everything else in the room.

focal wall

source: www.houzz.com

Here printed drapery panels allow the bay window to be the focal point of the room.  Your eye sees everything else in the room later.

focal wall

source: www.apartmenttherapy.com

Focal walls can be created with paint, wallpaper, artwork, picture frames, furniture, absolutely anything.  It’s important to note that not every wall deserves to be a focal wall.  Focal walls draw attention.  So when choosing a wall ask yourself… why do i want people to look at this wall?

Here are some creative examples of focal walls:

focal wall

source: www.etsy.com/shop/jerseyicecreamco

focal wall

source: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.ca/

focal wall

source: www.oliveandlove.com

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