How to Find or Create the Focal Point in a Room…
Try this exercise...go outside and come in through your front door.
What’s the first thing you see? What catches your eye?
If you are placing your home on the market then you should perform this exercise for every room.
You’ve heard the expression that you have just 10 seconds to make a first impression. This is true in all walks of life but especially when trying to sell your home.
Getting back to your front door...What was the first thing that caught your eye?
More importantly...did you like what you saw??
Every room has or needs a focal point. It’s what keeps our eyes from bouncing all over the room and seeing a lot of little things but never fully appreciating the whole picture.
Stand before each room in your home and look at the first thing you see.
What is it that draws your eyes in?
Take a picture.
Evaluate what you see. Is this what you want your buyers to see?
For example, if you live in Florida, many of the homes have views of the pool or deck area as soon as you walk in the door.
Don’t block these views with heavy window coverings or large pieces of furniture because if you do, you’ll be blocking a major and very important part of your investment.
The fireplace is a natural focal point to a room so don’t hide it. You can place a large painting over it to help draw the eyes to it.
No fireplace? Create a focal point. Anchor a sitting area with a rug and add some color to it to draw the eye there.
A focal point does not have to center around a piece of architecture. You can create it using color, art, a large floral arrangement, or a grouping of objects.
The point is to draw the viewer’s eye to one point in the room and allow that point to draw them in. And, ask any agent, if the buyer just peeks in the room, they’re not buying your house.
Remember...you don’t want their eyes bouncing all over the room.