The unwritten rule to successful interior design: focal points.

When you walk into a room there should be something that catches your eye, whether it’s a picture on the wall, an interesting piece of furniture or possibly the colour theme of the room. Focal points can be created in many ways. It really depends on what mood or ambiance you want to set for the room, or how you wish the room to be perceived spacially. In the case of a kitchen it could even come from an innovative gadget you’ve recently had installed. A really nice cooker could become a focal point in your kitchen and so you can have form and function combined.
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Creating a focal point is easier than you might first think. It could be something as simple as a bold pattern on the wall or an interesting layout of some artwork, the way the lighting is laid out or even the simple notion of having a flat screen TV on the wall. The choice is yours, but whatever you choose remember that it may set the mood for the rest of the room. This is often a problem for style purists because a large flat screen TV in your Anne Hathaway lookalike cottage amid the antique furniture can be very incongruous and there is no real answer to it.
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Even though we’re not interior designers, Building Tectonics were asked to help with the interior design of the Blue Orchid restaurant in Amersham. The location of the bar had been determined and would be very obvious when you entered the restaurant. Because we did not want the interior of the restaurant to look commercial, we designed the bar to look more like a domestic sideboard, and even though it was in keeping with the theme that was being developed. it also helped consolidate the theme and ambiance of the interior.
Tony, our chief designer, came up with an innovative design for the bar which essentially was a bar, but with panels attached onto the front and feet which appeared to lift the piece off the floor. The client liked this design, so he had the bar built, and this set the interior design process into motion. So when the client travelled to Thailand to get the rest of the furniture he chose items which would create a relaxed domestic feel. Even though there is a fair amount of decor in the establishment, this remains a strong focal point, as it is just so different. It is a necessary functional item, but with a little thought it was transformed into something special.
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Written by Jade Turney – Building Tectonics Ltd.

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