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.

FP Focal Point
The limestone fireplace and mantle become a beautiful Focal Point in this bedroom.
FireplaceRemodel half
 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.
rustic fireplace
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.
Gorgeous kitchen
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.
Green range and hood
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.
casual elegance kitchen
This kitchen is well balanced with its large island (Focal Point), beamed ceiling, arched doorway and spectacular floor.
Brick wall, lg llighting
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.
Beautful Kitchen
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.
pink ceiling
The ceiling steals the show as the Focal Point in this room (although the room is very ornate overall).
sun room with windows
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.
stained glass windows
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
wall of mirrors
This room did not have a Focal Point so the designer created one with a
“Wall of Mirrors”. It works and looks great.
super large mirror
The enormous scale of this mirror enables a Focal Point to be created in a basic drywalled room.
Double mirror
The over-sized mirror becomes the Focal Point in this Powder Room due to scale.
mirror and arch
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.
Spiral staircase and ceiing detail
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.
Another example of a stairwell being a Focal Point and additional details and architectural elements.
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Christmas at Glendower Mansion~Lebanon Ohio


That incredibly magical time of year that keeps us cheerfully filling our schedules with festivities, our trunks with gifts and our homes with love and laughter is swiftly approaching.   The holidays are indubitably a special time for welcoming friends and family merrily into our homes and the way we dress up our homes for the holidays tell a story, our story to our guests. From Holly and Ivy to Glamour and Glitz, choose a theme that suits your style  and enjoy the Christmas decor on display at historic Glendower Mansion in downtown Lebanon, Ohio!

⇒ ⇒December Holiday Event ⇐ ⇐

Decorated in full holiday splendor, the Glendower Mansion will be open for touring for the Christmas holidays beginning  Saturday, December 1, 2012. Come visit after the Horse Parade!


Decorated with the four themes from the November 3 luncheon, Glendower is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in December beginning with December 1, 2012  and ending December 30th, 2012. Hours are 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Admission is $8.00 adults, students under 18, $4.00. 

One of the rooms in Glendower Mansion decorated by Patti Johnson

  Rooms in the Mansion are decorated by Interior Designer Patti Johnson and Jo Wise, Proprietor of the Pink Hippo, and volunteers of the WCHS, Lebanon Ohio.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Glendower Mansion, it is a historic Greek Revival style house located at 105 Cincinnati Avenue, U.S. Route 42, Cincinnati Avenue, in Lebanon, Ohio. Lebanon, voted The Best Hometown 2012 in Ohio Magazine  is the County Seat for Historic Warren County, Ohio.  You can read more about it here.   Built in the 1836 by Amos Bennett for John Milton Williams, a Lebanon merchant, the mansion was named for Owen Glendower.  Often referred to as “one of the finest examples of the Greek Revival architecture in the Middle West”; Glendower also boasts membership as one of many on the National Register of Historical Places in Warren County, Ohio.

As written about by Family Friendly Cincinnati


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The lovely Glendower Mansion taken earlier this autumn by Patti Johnson

In cooperation with the Warren County Historical Society, I do hope you are able to attend one of these wonderful Christmas events this year. Unable to travel to Glendower this season?

Photos will be posted after the Event.

Thanks for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design about decorating for Christmas at Glendower.