I’m not always one for sticking to interior design rules but one I do follow is focal points – every space needs at least one or two. If everything sings the same chord, then it’s boring. To bring harmony and x-factor to a space, you need elements that stand out and shout “here I am!” and elements that hum more quietly in the background.
Aim to have at least 1-2 positive focal points and highlight these as much as possible and avoid or detract attention away from negative focal points. Negative focal points are things that stand out even though you do not want them to such as a TV, an unpleasant view, a furnishing, a finish or an architectural feature that you don’t like. If you can not avoid or remove a negative focal point, you can draw attention away by highlighting a positive focal point.
Pattern is an effective way of manipulating the eyes’ attention within a space. Use large scale pattern for items or areas that you want to be a focal point and use smaller scale pattern for items you want to recede.