June 10

6 Ways Paint Can Create a Focal Point in Any Room

House Painting

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If you’re looking for an economical way to update the look of your home, using paint is the perfect solution. By using spectacular colors -- whether in your living room, bedroom, or bathroom -- you can create looks that will stand out.

Paint can also be used to create a focal point in any room. It allows you to bring a unique design to your living spaces. This can be as simple as a new splash of color or stenciling.

What Is a Focal Point?

A focal point is a place that draws visual interest in a room. It’s the first area you see upon entering, usually where the lines of a room meet.  Focal points exist naturally in the home with elements like fireplaces, staircases, bay windows, coffered or trey ceilings and other basics that help draw the eye up and in.

If nothing pops out at you when you walk into the rooms of your home, it’s time to create a focal point with paint.  To get started, consider the largest wall in the room. For a smaller point of interest, try a nook, an inset wall or niche, or a bump-out.

Be Creative with Paint

By highlighting a room’s strong features, you create a focal point and help minimize any flaws in the room. While many people arrange artwork and furniture to make a point of focus, using paint is another easy and customizable way to create a focal point in a room.

Here are some ideas that you can use to make this happen.

1. Accent Walls

To create a focal point in your main living area, you can paint an accent wall behind your sofa. For a dramatic look, choose a bold color such as red or purple. If you prefer neutrals, select a darker shade of your current wall color. For example, if the walls in your living room are beige, then you would use brown for your accent wall. 

2. Highlight the Walls in the Bedrooms

Creating a focal point in a bedroom involves painting the wall behind your bed. You can use color on the entire wall or just the area that spans the width of your bed from floor to ceiling. If you have a door in the bedroom that leads out to a patio or balcony, you can use that wall as a focal point. Use a coordinating color that complements your bedroom decor. 

3. Bathroom Features

You can even use paint to create a focal point in a bathroom. If you have a freestanding tub, paint the wall that your bathtub sets against with attractive colors to draw attention to that area.

You can also add color to the wall behind your vanity and mirror. Only use color on the space that spans the bathroom vanity and then paint up to the ceiling.

4. Eye-catching Ceilings

The walls aren’t the only elements that can serve as a focal point. An accent color on a ceiling can make a big impact on a room. Make sure it complements the decor in the rest of the room.

5. Trims and Moldings

If you love the paint or wallcovering on your walls but also want to have a pop of color, painting the molding can offer a quick fix. The paint color you choose should echo the colors that already exist in the room.

You can also add color to the window trim. This look is especially effective in bedrooms and bathrooms. Use semi-gloss or high-gloss paint on moldings or window trim.

6. Built-in Furniture

You can use paint to change the look of any room that has built-in furniture. This includes shelving, cabinets, and cubbies. Most of these built-in pieces function as part of a wall, so painting them creates an accent wall in an unconventional way.

If you have unusual windows, French doors, or other architectural features that you want to highlight, painting them will help draw even more attention to them.

Ready for an Upgrade?

Once you find a focal point, dress it in a way that reflects your taste. ACP Painting LLC can help you update your home by creating focal points with paint or simply changing the colors of the interior walls.  We can transform your property inside and out.

Our painters are experienced and provide high-quality finishes. Contact us today for a free consultation.



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