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​10 Key Home Decorating Tips: #8 Establish A Focal Point

April 27, 2020

Since many of us are spending more time at home, we have the opportunity to paint, make home improvements and certainly analyze our surroundings. This is a great time to look at your decor and consider what the focal point is within each room. Is it the TV, the kids’ toys, or is it something dramatic that draws you into the space? Are you satisfied with each focal point or do some changes need to be made?

A focal point is an element that draws your eye as you walk into a room. Without that anchor your attention may be pulled different ways simultaneously causing an “off” feeling. For instance, have you ever walked into a friend’s living room, loved the elements of their decor, but still felt like something was missing? Or, have you ever carefully planned and decorated a room only to find that the space feels fragmented?

If the answer is “Yes”, the reason may be that these rooms are missing a focal point.

A focal point ties your room together and makes it feel…
  • Balanced
  • Grounded
  • Harmonious
And if a room can elicit feelings in people, these are good feelings to strive for!

Here are a few lovely interiors that use a focal point successfully:

If you have a room with a view, consider making the window your focal point. Even if you do not have a view to show off there are creative ways of using a window as your focal point. 

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I love how this Luxe-featured room uses pattern over light to draw our eye.

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The ceiling, an accent wall or the floor can make a beautiful focal point. Try a pattern or texture to ground your space as the wood panels do here.

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Or as the black and white wallpaper does here...

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My personal favorite, artwork, can be an extremely effective focal point. This gallery wall impels our attention with politeness.

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Furniture can emphasize a room’s focal point with its positioning as it does here around one of my abstract photographs.

Under normal circumstances we have few spare moments to evaluate and improve our surroundings. Why not take this mandatory time at home as an opportunity to do just that? Here are a few tips to get you started establishing a focal point in each of your rooms:
  • Grab your notepad and take a tour of your home
  • As you stand in each room ask yourself these questions:
    • Is there a part of the architecture I’d like to show off? If yes, write it down and take a picture of that item.
    • Is there a part of the architecture I want to draw eyes away from? If yes, do you have an existing piece that can act as your focal point? If yes, write it down and snap a picture.
    • If not, pull ideas from the rooms you’ve pinned to your inspiration board. Could your space use a new sofa? A light fixture? Art? Determine what you want the focal point to be and take a picture of that item on your inspiration board.
Print all pictures and put them with your list into a folder and get ready to go shopping!

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