A room needs a focal point, special feature or centerpiece where the eye can rest. Focal points can either be part of the architecture or brought in through decor. Here are 10 Focal Point Ideas to get you started.
Wall Decor An original painting, fine art prints and photographs call attention to themselves and add personality to your home’s decor. Alternatives to artwork include tapestries, large vintage quilts and other display worthy textiles. Other ideas include mirrors, clocks, plates and maps.
Televisions The TV is often a focal point in the family room. If a male over the age of 7 lives in your house this will often be a VERY LARGE television. Thus, even more prominent.
Large Furniture Pieces Anchor a room or a section of a large space with a substantial piece of furniture.
Window Treatments Some window treatments command attention. Just make sure it’s for the right reason.
A Feature Wall The main wall in a room painted a color that contrasts with the other walls becomes a focal point. A patterned wallpaper can be a good alternative.
A Grand Staircase This can be the wow factor when it’s the first thing you see upon entering a house.
Chandeliers and Light Fixtures A dramatic chandelier or impressive hanging fixture can often be a room’s main attraction.
Built-Ins Large built-in furnishings such as window seats, bookcases and media cabinets can serve as focal points.
Fireplaces This one is a layup. The sheer size of some fireplaces demands that you stop and take notice. If your fireplace is nondescript, give it a kickstart by refacing it, replacing the mantel or adding decorative trimwork to the overmantel or face. You can also add a great looking fire screen.
Architectural Windows Large dramatic windows can steal the show in any room of the house. If you have even one, you may want to leave it uncovered so as to reveal it’s architectural lines. Take into consideration the view and proximity of neighbors.
I would love to hear what you use a focal point in your designs. Comments are always welcome. If you enjoyed this post I would be grateful if you would share it via Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.