We’ve seen (and created!) some stunning kitchen designs in our time, and while there’s a lot to be said for a captivating colour scheme and flawless efficiency and functionality, our favourite designs are always those anchored by a central ‘focal point’. What’s that, you ask? Well…
A focal point is, quite simply, something that catches the eye: a centrepiece that wows people who see it, a single object or area that stands out as the distinguishing element of your kitchen design. In the kitchen, a focal point should add an artistic touch that still complements the overall style in the space. Some of most successful kitchen focal points draw the attention subtly, while others are bold and vibrant. One of our favourite recent designer kitchens, a quirky social space, uses a distinctively-coloured chair as a focal point to give the kitchen a unique style all of its own.
Another way is to create a pleasing contrast in colour, texture or material used – for example, a wooden feature in metal or a smart granite worktop could be an exciting focal point!
The most successful focal points can often be a decorative statement, or alternatively a design piece. A decorative focal point could be as simple as a display of plates in the shape of a fan, rustic jars filled with sauces, chutneys and pickles, or a well-chosen framed painting with a food related theme. Design features should be both practical and beautiful, so a perfect example is a central island in the kitchen or a breakfast bar area where you can sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labour.
The key to creating a kitchen focal point that really works is to think about its positioning and its purpose. Decorative focal points are there to be looked at rather than to be used, and because they’re typically smaller than a design focal point you need to ensure that they are positioned somewhere that will gain attention. Placing them near the natural light of a window is one way to do this, or you could use up-lighting. Design focal points are ideal in a central or standalone position, or alternatively, you can create an exciting focal point from a part of the kitchen that’s already in place by changing its appearance; for example, an attractive accent wall.
A well selected focal point can be particularly effective when used in a country style kitchen, or to add a quirky touch of character to a minimalist kitchen area. Remember the focal point golden rules: they need to be seen, and they need to reflect the personality of you and your kitchen. Our designers are always available to help with that! With years of experience behind us, our passion is to help you achieve your unique vision for your space. You can take a trip to your nearest designer kitchen showroom for some design inspiration, or alternatively have a chat with one of our friendly designers! You can find us in Manchester, Blackburn or Barrowford – we’re always happy to see you!