Focal Point

Focal Points in Design

Upon entering a space, your eye may be automatically drawn to a certain feature of the room and often, a room’s architectural elements will in fact be the Focal Point.  If your space does not have an architectural Focal Point you can add one or have your designer create one.

These incredibly beautiful photos feature  some of the  more commonly and frequently used Focal Points such as Fireplaces, Kitchen Islands, Mirrors, Chandeliers, Ceilings, Windows and Staircases.

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The limestone fireplace and mantle become a beautiful Focal Point in this bedroom.
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 Even with a two-story wall of windows and oversized wrought iron chandelier, this natural all Ohio stone fireplace that I designed becomes an outstanding Focal Point in this Family Room in an Ohio home.
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The two-story stone fireplace and the rafters on the ceiling are both impressive, but the Fireplace would be the Focal Point in this room.
Focal Point Kitchen
In this historic home, a range has been placed in the former fireplace area creating a unique yet functional Focal Point.
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My eye is immediately drawn to the ceiling of this kitchen for it’s totally unique structure as a Focal Point. The detailed island and the cabinetry built around the range become secondary.
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Although you cannot view the entire kitchen in this photo, I would guess that this brightly colored double range and hood just may be the Focal Point in the room.
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This kitchen is well balanced with its large island (Focal Point), beamed ceiling, arched doorway and spectacular floor.
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The Focal Point in this room is the arched doorway and brick wall and in the eating area it is the over-sized chandelier. Just lovely.
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Here is an example of how you can use chandeliers as a Focal Point. The island, being constructed of a darker, high contrast finish could be the Focal Point;  the use of these extremely large crystal chandeliers make them  winners in this kitchen. The chandeliers end up maintaining the balance between the island,  beamed vaulted ceiling, arch and double built-in range in a niche by bringing you eye down from the ceiling! It all works beautifully.
glass ceiling via Fairfax and Sammons
This incredible glass ceiling becomes a true Focal Point in this light filled kitchen by Fairfax and Sammons Architects.
Beamed vaulted Ceiling via Fairfax and Sammons Arch
This beamed vaulted ceiling is a striking Focal Point by Fairfax and Sammons Architects.
Copper Barrell Ceiling
This stunning copper Barrel ceiling creates interest as a Focal Point.
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The ceiling steals the show as the Focal Point in this room (although the room is very ornate overall).
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The radius of windows in this Sunroom and the view beyond become the Focal Point with the detailed ceiling coming in as a secondary point of focus.
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The black painted trim around the ornate stained glass windows causes them to stand out even more. No competing with those windows as a Focal Point
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This room did not have a Focal Point so the designer created one with a
“Wall of Mirrors”. It works and looks great.
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The enormous scale of this mirror enables a Focal Point to be created in a basic drywalled room.
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The over-sized mirror becomes the Focal Point in this Powder Room due to scale.
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Side by Side elements create a Focal Point Wall.
Ceiling Focal Point
 Arches in the construction of a home can be beautiful. These arches have been added as a decorative element to this room to create interest and a Focal Point. These somewhat over-bearing arches draw the eye up but distract from the room. It appears top heavy.
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This Foyer has multiple Focal Points: arches, a floor medallion, wrought iron detailing on the double entrance doors as well as the arched window above, a curved staircase, a wonderful wrought iron railing, and chandelier have been well-balanced to create a sense of cohesiveness and serenity!
Often, if a room has multiple Focal Points, it can become too busy and overwhelming to the senses!
Elegant and easy on the eyes, partially due to the soft color palette.
Staircase
Another example of a stairwell being a Focal Point and additional details and architectural elements.
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Trending at the Interior Design Show – IDS13 Wrap Up

Trending at The Interior Design Show, IDS13~

January brought an incredible opportunity to attend The Interior Design Show in Toronto, Canada to peruse the latest and most innovative products in the interior-design industry up-close and personal.

“The Interior Design Show (IDS) is Canada’s largest contemporary design event. Since its inception in 1998, over 500,000 design professionals, consumers and media have attended. Inspirational exhibits feature both emerging and established designers and highlight international interior design, architecture and industrial design trends.”

Invited as a guest of Cambria, a company which designs and produces stunning and innovative quartz counter-tops, I attended a preview party at their lovely Toronto based Showroom.

At the Toronto Cambria Showroom for a pre-party party!

At the Toronto Cambria Showroom for a pre-party party!

Quartz counter-tops are edging out granite as the newest low maintenance kitchen and bath solid surface.  One of the perks of attending trade shows in addition to all the great products that an interior designer can be exposed to, is the wonderful relationships that are created between industry partners and peers.  I had the opportunity to meet up with several designers that I had met at KBIS, The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Chicago last year and also to meet other designers in real life that I had previously interacted with via social media. These meet-ups or tweet-ups have become a welcomed  side benefit and are quickly becoming a focus of attending these events for many.

Here’s a photo of some of the Designing Women that I partied with at the beautiful Cambria Showroom prior to the IDS13 Opening Night Party!

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Fast forward to the first day of the show, bright and early here’s what was on display as we entered the showroom.

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Being on a mission for an upcoming project with my  fabulous Interior Designer friend Rose, we attempted to buy the tony black and white bag sitting pretty on the plastic light up patio chair, I mean who wouldn’t want one (the bag)? The salesperson cut us such a great deal; we could buy 100 of them for $79 ea. Cough. Well, it really wasn’t such a great bag anyway, kinda saggy.

Always some FAB lighting. I stop and stare at every beautiful chandelier regardless of where I am and you may spot me trying to capture it on instagram while my companions walk on.

Always some FAB lighting. I stop and stare at every beautiful chandelier regardless of where I am and you may spot me trying to capture it on instagram while my companions walk on.

This was absolutely the coolest lighting display at the show. By Living Lighting on King. Flush mounted fixtures with a sunburst surround repeated installed on a vertical wall. Ingenious.

This was absolutely the coolest lighting display at the show. By Living Lighting on King. Flush mounted fixtures with a sunburst surround repeated installed on a vertical wall. Ingenious.

Kudos must go to the display with most creativity in my opinion, the IKEA kitchen. Yep, I said that. The lighting hanging from a ballast  gives intimacy in a proverbial warehouse setting!

Kudos must go to the display with most creativity in my opinion, the IKEA kitchen. Yep, I said that. The lighting hanging from a ballast gives intimacy in a proverbial warehouse setting!

Interesting juxtaposition of antique, farm & rustic accessories on the modern island.

Interesting juxtaposition of antique, farm & rustic accessories on the modern island.

No Interior Design Show is complete without a Brizo display!

No Interior Design Show is complete without a Brizo exhibit!

“Brizo, the luxury brand of faucets, brings eco-friendly elegance into the home with products that are environmentally responsible and aesthetically pleasing.” ~ Brizo

And of Course the Jason Wu display!

And of course the Jason Wu display! Hi Jason!

Need a Volcanic Limestone soaking tub experience? Only V⊕A Baths can accommodate that request!

Need a Volcanic Limestone soaking tub experience? Only V⊕A Baths can accommodate that request! I actually had the opportunity last fall to visit their Showroom in Chelsea Harbor during the London Design Fair during #BlogTourLondon as a representative of Modenus.

More cool lighting~

More cool lighting~

Flying saucer football lighting for your sports room. Probably won't specify.

Flying saucer football lighting for your sports room. Probably won’t specify.

Some very impressive rug art. I love rugs and usually visit these exhibits first, which i did actually.

Some very impressive rug art. I love rugs and usually visit these exhibits first, which I did actually.

I love this rug by Weavers Art.

I love this rug by Weavers Art. Must have.

Meeting up with old friends and making new! Twitter pals Nyla Free ad Jonathan Legate.

Meeting up with old friends and making new! Twitter pals Nyla Free and Jonathan Legate.

That's a wrap. Photo credits: Patti Johnson. Thanks for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design. Feel free to leave a comment! Stay tuned for a great line up!

Chatti Patti’s Upcoming Features

This year, Chatti Patti will be talking lots of design and to give you a glimpse of what exactly is in store, here’s the shortlist of what will be featured coming up:

✪     A post holiday synopsis of the Glendower Mansion in Lebanon decorated for the Historic Holiday Home Tour.

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Interior Design: Patti Johnson Interiors Photo: Aaron Stringer Photography

✪     An in-depth look at what actually goes on in a Charity Designer Show House!  Chatti Patti takes readers on a sneak peek-behind the scenes of the activities of the interior designers, trades personnel and the homeowner of the Historic (almost) Rike Estate in Dayton, Ohio which is being presented by the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association. Privileged to be an interior designer on the project at the estate and member of the DPVA, I will share a little about what it takes to pull this off.  SO very much hard work is required from countless individuals not to mention the tireless efforts of the outstanding Board of Directors and their committees to create, organize and produce a beautiful Show House for the public to trample through. But more about that later and it will probably have it’s own page because Chatti Patti has lots to say about this Show House!

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✪     Two or more interviews with some high profile ‘Leaders’ in the Interior Design Industry. Be prepared to be amazed!

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✪     The “Year Of The Rug” Yep, Chatti Patti and special guests will educate you on the unique characteristics of rugs and how to select a wonderful rug for your home if you do not call an interior designer to help in your selection which would of course be Chatti Patti’s first suggestion!

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Photo of Rug courtesy of AddisonDicus.com

So there you have it. Oh, and I promised to post about my sister-in-law’s fabulous Farm House that she and her husband recently built. Here’s some beautiful photos from my recent visit to Northern Michigan over the holidays. Much more about this lovely project in the months to come. Stay tuned!

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If you’ve visited Chatti Patti Talks Design™ lately you may have wondered, “What in the world is going on with this website?” Truth is, it was hacked and suffered a severe malware issue which pretty much had pieces and complete pages of the website disappearing and looking quite crazy! So I wanted to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you and to let you know the good news is that the site is back up and running intact and probably not entertaining Google ads anymore since that’s where the issue originated! Who’d of thought?