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Focal Points In Bathrooms
In design, a focal point is an area of a space that draws the eye and organizes the rest of the space. The focal point is often a main architectural feature, like a window or a door, or an important part of the decor, like a big piece of art or a fireplace.
Focal points are just as important in the bathroom, especially if they are on the larger side. Because bathrooms are usually white or another light color, it's easy for the eye to get lost and wander in areas where you'd rather they not go.
Thankfully, there's one bathroom item that's really easy to bring in as a focal point: your bathtub. Possibly the biggest piece in the room, the bathtub normally attracts the eye, and can make a great impression when chosen carefully not only as necessary hygiene, but also as a piece of decor.
Let's have a look at some great bathrooms that have used tubs as focal points effectively.
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Bath in the alcove
An alcove in your bathroom is a great space to put your bathtub. Not only does it give you access to light (if there are windows), but it also is a natural focal point that doesn't need extra work.
In this example, the alcove is framed with drapes that can be pulled in front of the window, as well as with the beautiful mosaic tile flooring. The white tub contrasts with the black window frame.
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Bath in space
This particular bathroom has lots of space to fill, and the tub serves as way to make the room seem more cozy and welcoming, and also as a point to attract the eyes.
Since the paint color is slightly different from the white of the tub, the bath stands out enough from the background to be used as a focal point. The natural wood side table in a darker brown shade is the prefect visual complement to the white tub and the beige walls.
This bathroom is set up to take full advantage of the space available, and ensures that your eyes aren't lost in the pale background.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
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Sometimes the way to make a bathtub pop out is to use a bright, cheery color, as in this example.
The choice of bright yellow is what defines this entire bathroom. Against a sea of white, the yellow definitely attracts the eyes and contrasts against the blue of the vanity and the art dominated by red above.
There's not a lot to distract you from this tub, either; the minimal look (not even a table for the plant!) really lets the bathtub shine on its own.
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In this elegant bathroom example, the bathtub, the chandelier and the wall work together as the focal point of the space.
This bathroom has an elegant yet somewhat rugged style; the outside of the tub is painted in a stressed style that gives a homey, lived-in look to something that could easily look way too polished and gleaming.
The combination of woodwork, patterned tile, wallpaper and tub finish, as well as the contrast between the matte and stressed tub to the shiny and gleaming chandelier work wonderfully together.
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Playing with shapes and perspectives is also a great way to create focal points in spaces.
Take this modern bathroom, for example. The corridor opens right on the clean, white bathtub, which serves as the focal point not only for the bathroom but also for this entire section of the home.
The rounded shape of the tub contrasts with the square shape of the storage on the walls; the white contrasts with the black; the tall contrasts with the short. This is a perfect balance of shape, height, color and perspective, perfect for a modern bathroom that's anything but boring.
Charles Smith Photography via Houzz.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
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Art deco bath
Dark bathrooms are not as popular as white ones, but when properly decorated, they work wonderfully well.
This dark, art deco-inspired bathroom uses the alcove (see previous slide) and a light-dark contrast to give the bath the role of focal point in the space. The rounded pattern of the curtains recall the semi-circular shape of the side table, while the bath remains steadfastly rectangular, enhancing the focal point effect here.
The two light fixtures also attract the eyes and provide the perfect lighting for taking a relaxing bath after a long day.
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Placing a framed mirror behind the tub is another great way to make the bathtub your focal point in the space. By reflecting the tub into the rest of the bathroom, the mirror constantly brings you attention back to the tub in front of it.
This beautiful eclectic bathroom uses a large framed mirror to contrast the clean simplicity of the tub, and the long rug brings a needed splash of color and warm comfort.
Want to make sure people don't miss the tub when they walk in the bathroom? Adding a mirror is certainly one good way to do it, and it's also perfect for those who rent and can't make major renovations to a space.
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Victorian master bath
Everything in this room is meant to bring the eye around to the tub sitting at the very back: its placement against the window, the curtains, the two chairs on each side of the tub, the patterned mosaic tile, the two small (and clever) corner closets, and the two vanities--one for him and one for her.
Of course, you need that kind of space to achieve this look, but the symmetrical approach to focusing the decor around one piece works really well here. You could replace the tile in the middle with a rug, for example, and have shelves instead of linen closets.
Susan Gilmore via Houzz.