Darren Palmer’s top interior design tips

Darren Palmer’s top interior design tips

Darren Palmer’s top interior design tips

Interior designer Darren Palmer shares how to use focal points to influence the way you view and experience your home.

Masterclass: grab attention with focal points
Take a masterclass in how to introduce focal points into your home. Photo: Scott Hawkins / bauersyndication.com.au



Have you ever walked into a room and felt nothing? Neither offended nor excited? Years ago I dropped by to visit a friend and on entering his living room, all I saw was beige.

The issue, aside from the monotonous colour scheme, was that there was no focal point, nothing of interest, no particular item that jumped out or caught the eye.

The perfect room

A great room has focal points, with a hierarchy of interest. When you have several elements that are of a similar intensity or interest, they tend to compete, drawing your eye around the room without any sense of flow. Instead, establish a sequence that allows your gaze to travel around the room from the most interesting thing down to the least.

Start with artwork

An amazing artwork can be a big drawcard, a presence in the space that immediately garners admiration from anyone who enters. Use that as the starting point from which to build your room. Pick out one or two shades or shapes from it to weave through the room.



Dramatic drawcards

Art isn’t your thing? No problem. The wow factor may come from the room itself. If you have a significant architectural element such as a picture window that takes in a great view or a grand period fireplace that takes pride of place, use it as a focal point.

Or install a statement pendant light to lead the eye upward, inviting your gaze to shift around the room from top to bottom, taking in each attractive detail as it goes.

An eye-catching Tilda chandelier from Arteriors makes a statement in Darren's own dining room. Photo: Maree Homer
An eye-catching Tilda chandelier from Arteriors makes a statement in Darren’s own dining room. Photo: Maree Homer

The next step

A room should contain many things that draw your attention. A rug may be your next accent piece, chosen for its texture or pattern, colour or ambience.

You might also have secondary pieces of art, such as sculptures or framed pieces on a smaller scale. Each of those objects may add to the room’s visual appeal, but in a less noticeable way.

Finishing touch

Cushions, books, candles, decorative objects and plants add in that final layer of finesse, giving you a chance to tie together rogue elements by repeating small concentrations of colours, patterns, shapes or textures used elsewhere in the room. Add a final flourish with flowers.

Originally published as: https://www.homestolove.com.au/darren-palmers-top-interior-design-tips-2930

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