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What's The Point!

Surely, you've heard this at some time.  In essence it means, what are you, I or we talking about? Or what are we looking at?  Or even, why?  The phrase can also be applied in decorating; that is, what is the point (purpose in this case) of the room?  What is its focal point?

The room below is clearly a media room to which I may add, a media room to die for--or at least, to daydream about and wish for.  The screen is the focal point, complemented with a beautiful neutral decor.  It's not boring because it's accented with black frames, tables, even the base of the lounges; the taupe decorative pillow; and the texture in the carpet against the smooth leather.

So what do you think is the point of the next room?  Ok, that's an easy question.  It's a multipurpose room and its focus is entertainment and social interaction: 

Creating a focal point doesn't mean you have to have a lot of space.  Sharing office space with a bedroom can easily blur the focal point but it's really not that hard to still have a focal point, such as a design style.  Check out the next three examples, also from Houzz.com:  

Here's a really small space but it's effective and inviting--all accomplished with a smart decorating style, contrasting neutral colors of black, white and gray.  The violet warms the color scheme: 

And if elegance and period pieces speak to you but square footage is a problem, creating a focal point for a bedroom/office is still achievable as illustrated here:  

Yes, creating a focal point in a room can be a color or a specific decorating style.  It can also be based in a theme-- an art gallery in a dining room.   

From My Olioboard, Art and Dining.  Of course, the purpose of this room is dining.  Yet, its focal point is the art.  Oh . . . alright, you could say the dessert is the focal point!

From My Olioboard, Art and Dining.  Of course, the purpose of this room is dining.  Yet, its focal point is the art.  Oh . . . alright, you could say the dessert is the focal point!

In decorating, the point is to define the space. But in that space, a focal point gives cohesion to all surrounding objects in the room be it theme or a design style, even in dual purpose room. 

What's the focal point of the room you sitting in right now?  Please, do tell!

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