You've just entered the dining room. The walls are painted a light pale shade of cream, giving the dark, majestic furniture an elegant backdrop with perfect contrast. But as your eyes try to wonder as they usually do, they feel a strong force in the room with them, like a powerful magnet, pulling and tugging until the two elements finally meet. There, across the way, your eyes quickly discover the force and are drawn into a big, beautifully bright red bouquet of flowers. Each piece seems meticulously positioned in such a manner that particularly plays with the eye as it scans various layers of shades of red. Soft flower pedals are surrounded and supported by rich, green foliage, all wrapped neatly with a bright white bow. To the unsuspecting, this trance-like state will take them on an unforgettable, eye-candy journey. The power of a centerpiece in a living space is enormous yet simple to successfully and quickly transform your home from just ordinary to absolutely extraordinary when using our 11 helpful tips.
Tip 1. Use a form of "centerpiece" to create focus or a focal point
A centerpiece often refers to the decoration in the middle of a table. However, a centerpiece also refers to the most important and noteworthy part of something. It's what you want people to notice and "sets the stage". By using an object as a centerpiece, it becomes the point of focus and discussion for family or arriving houseguests. Another benefit of a centerpiece is that it draws attention away from less meaningful, or less desirable aspects such as an uneven wall, a badly worn carpet, etc. that becomes more noticeable when there is not something better fighting for your attention.
Tip 2. Add a centerpiece (focal point) to every area of your home
Use of a centerpiece does not have to stay inside your dining room on a kitchen table or coffee table. It can take the form of many objects or items and applied in every area of your home. Examples include the use of a very long chandelier in a stairway, a big painting hung over the mantel of a living room fireplace, a fancy light fixture in an office, wall decals of Snow Princess in a child's room. You get the picture. Without a centerpiece or focal point, there seems to be nothing of importance in the room. With a centerpiece, you get to direct people what to notice and what not to notice.
Tip 3. Use something that represents you, a room, your home, a theme, etc.
Just like a logo represents a company, so too should a centerpiece be a reflection of what you want it to represent. It can be a reflection of you and your values, a particular theme within your room, and so on.
Tip 4. Eliminate distractions from your focal point
When placing two centerpieces on a table, you no longer have one focal point, and your attention is divided between the two. This typically happens when many dominant decor items are placed in a room. As a result, none takes the center stage as the focal point, and if there are too many, it begins to look more like chaos or clutter. To make a centerpiece work properly, it must be the most dominate thing in the room. Care can be given to surrounding objects so that they not distract or take the focus off the main object.
Tip 5. Make it viewable from every entry way
Just like a table centerpiece, a centerpiece placed in a room or space should be viewable from every entry point into a room in order to create the focal point you intend and grab your attention when you enter.
Tip 6. Leverage the magic of colors
Colors can greatly influence how people feel. Many studies have been conducted to prove this out and why you'll notice many restaurants use the color red to help stimulate people's appetites. Here is a list of basic colors with a short list of their meanings:
Use colors that help evoke the feelings you intend. But to fit in a room with existing color, use colors that are complimentary or bring out existing colors in the surrounding space.
Tip 7. Consider its shape
The shape of your centerpiece can project different things and meaning. Something square or rigid might convey formality or masculinity. Something round or with soft curves might convey something less formal or femininity. Pick a shape that helps supports the feeling you want to convey.
Tip 8. Incorporate as many of the 5 senses as possible
People remember and can relate to items that they can touch, smell, see, taste, or hear. Incorporate as many as possible when deciding on a centerpiece to make yours the one people remember.
Tip 9. Size matters
If your centerpiece is too small, it won't be noticed and will blend in with the surroundings. And if it's too big, it will take over your space. Use wisdom when deciding on a centerpiece for an area that it be an appropriate size. The larger the area, the larger a centerpiece can be. Our general recommendation is that it occupy no more than about ten percent of the space.
Tip 10. Expand your boundaries
To this point, we've been talking primarily about using a centerpiece throughout your house. The reality is that this concept can be implemented in your yard as well. Take a look at the different sections of your yard and picture what might be the best centerpiece for each. "Centerpieces" for the various areas within your yard might include a fire pit, gazebo, garden fountain, water pond, etc.
Tip 11. Be creative - expand beyond the norm
Do you have an old wooden boat or wagon you no longer use? It might look great in your front or back yard as a flower planter, becoming the center point for your yard. Expand beyond the norm and think outside the box. There may be things you have already around the house you can convert into a centerpiece, or you may consider buying something to fit the bill like a tricycle planter, or maybe even incorporating a bridge into your landscape. The possibilities are endless.
Adding a centerpiece or focal point is easy to implement to quickly turn your living space into something fabulous. And when implementing our 11 tips, you are sure to make it a winner. Visit our website here for other great home and yard decor ideas.