How to Create A Focal Point: 10 Ways to Pull A Room Together

Uncategorized Aug 01, 2017

Every well-designed space needs a focal point.

The focal point is the anchor spot in a room and it's where your eye is naturally drawn when entering a space. 

When the eye intuitively spots a focal point it lingers there for a moment while giving you an opportunity to let the full aesthetic and impact of the space sink in. 

In that brief moment you'll interpret how the space feels and what functional activities it's used for.

Choosing the right focal point to highlight in a room is important because you want to set the right tone and mood for the space while also being sure not to dominate or overwhelm the eye.

Without a clear focal point the entire room can fall flat and feel unfinished, uncomfortable, cluttered or even confusing. 

In this post, you’ll get 10 ideas full of tools and guidance to help you get you started creating focal points in your home that'll truly pull the entire space together.

 

1. Natural Focal Point: Your room may have an existing focal point you can work with like a beautiful fireplace, a window with a great view or an exposed brick wall. If you have a natural focal point, furniture is typically grouped around that point, facing the focal point or with its lines leading toward a focal point.

Photo: Roger Davies, Interior Design: Lynda Murray

 

2. Feature Wall: Find a blank wall and get to work. You can use photos, a collection, mirrors, artwork, or a sculpture. This can be one large item (such as a piece of artwork) or a collage of smaller items that make a statement when grouped together.

Photo: Kate Spade

 

3. Architectural Feature: A central element, like a fireplace, can help you position your furniture in a room. Getting the size of the architectural element right in the room is vital. If it's too big, it can look and feel uncomfortable. If it's too small, your furniture will become the focal point, taking away from the main feature.

Photo: Emily Minton Redfield, Interior Design: Pamela Chelle, Alvarez Morris

 

4. Artwork: Art can create an instant focal point that allows the rest of the room to shine. The size and tone of your art are important. Choose a painting with the appropriate scale for your space, in tones that stand out and draw the eye in but don't clash with the rest of the room. One large, bold piece of art looks fantastic against a neutral wall and furniture. A series of prints can make an impact too, whether they're framed identically or have an eclectic mix of frames.

Photo: William Waldron, Interior Design: Victoria Hagan Interiors

 

5. Color: Color has the power to completely transform a space. Sometimes simply painting a wall can create the perfect focal point. It easily sets the area apart from others in the room and can have a lasting impact.

Photo: Architectural Digest, Interior Design: Joe Nahem

 

6. Contrast: Contrast can be created in many ways, but it's used to both separate and unify a space at once. Here a soft wood paneled wall contrasts with the white walls to create a lovely, calming focal point. When you have a great view, use your home's architecture to emphasize it and make it as big and grand as possible. 

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7. Standout Piece of Furniture: Positioning a bright and/or special piece of furniture in the room can easily draw people in. Make sure to pair it with pieces that compliment and don't detract from the focal piece.

Photo: Architectural Digest, Interior Design: Joe Nahem

 

8. Size: Have you ever walked into a room with a giant piece of art or grand floor to ceiling windows? Those are two ways you can use size to create your focal point. Juxtaposing large with small makes for a dramatic statement. 

Photo: Architectural Digest, Interior Design: David Kleinberg

 

9. Texture: Add texture to create a focal point in a monochromatic color scheme, giving your room character and depth. Smooth, shiny objects will give off a cool vibe, while soft, raised textures add more warmth.

Photo: Architectural Digest, Interior Design: Joe Nahem

 

10. Pattern: Pattern can create a striking focal point. If a room is lacking in architectural features, use a more permanent, patterned finish — like tile or stone — as a bold statement.

Photo: unknown, Interior Design: Paloma Contreras

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I’d love to hear from you. Tell me in the comments what focal point(s) you're using at home or which one you want to create.

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