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It’s great to set up your home’s areas with dynamic focal points but there are definite ways to do it right and for sure how to do it wrong and lose the value of what you’re trying to do. Here are a few tips on using your eyes as your gauge for

It’s great to set up your home’s areas with dynamic focal points but there are definite ways to do it right and absolutely ways to do it wrong thus losing the value of what you’re trying to do. Here are a few tips on using your eyes as your gauge for creating impressive spaces.

1  Hang Artwork at Eye Level

If your ceiling is high, you might be tempted to hang paintings high up. Art galleries hang IMG_4253their artwork at eye level, and that’s what you should do, too.  The average human eye level is about 57 inches. So your paintings should be 57-60 inches above the floor.  If you are hanging multiple pieces, keep the center of the arrangement at eye level. If you are hanging the artwork above a piece of furniture, leave 5-9 inches between the artwork and furniture.

2  Hang  Mirrors

Many people underestimate the value of mirrors. Mirrors reflect light and make the room brighter. Some designers recommend hanging at least one mirror in each room. When you vvvhang your mirrors, think of what they’ll reflect. You want it to reflect a great scene. That could be a chandelier or your room’s focal point.  Hang the mirrors on walls perpendicular to the windows and not across them. You don’t want to reflect the light back outside.

3  Follow The Rule of Thirds

cactus-cactus-plant-contemporary-1005058The rule of thirds is a familiar concept in photography. When grouping showpieces, antiques, candles, or other objects, create harmony by arranging them in odd numbers. Objects that are arranged in odd numbers are more memorable and appealing. For an even better look, group objects that have different heights or shapes yet still have a similar property.

4  Find The Room’s Focal Point

The focal point is where everyone’s eyes fall as soon as they walk into the room. Some focal points are built-in, like a fireplace or a large window. If a room doesn’t have one, you can create your own.  You can get a large piece of furniture and make fthat your focal point. Or you could paint one wall a different color and decorate it with artwork and shelves.  Everything else in the room should complement the focal point and be secondary to it. Having too many attention-grabbing items in the room can create unwanted visual noise.