Sometimes, you spend time finding the look for a room, finding the right furniture, colors, and little additions, but it feels like it still lacks impact. That might be because your focus is a little too broad. The whole room doesn’t have to define its look. Sometimes, that’s best done by one feature above all else. That feature is your focal point. We’re going to look at a few options that make for great focal points, why they help a room, and how you help them along.
Something already there
There’s a good chance that you might have something in the room that makes a perfect focal point. A fireplace, for instance, immediately draws the eye, so taking advantage of that can make for an easy win. Exposed brickwork walls, light fixtures, and even big windows work just as well. The trick to making focal points work is to make sure that they’re kept in eyesight no matter where you are in a room, and to help them draw attention with the right use of lighting and color. For windows, for instance, colorful treatments that pop off the wall are a good addition, but windowsill gardening can add a lot of life to them as well.
If you have a large wall that is already quite noticeable, it could be the perfect place for a display wall. If you want something that speaks to that more sentimental side of you, then it can be a great place to display family photos or a piece of art. For the former, a good collage can make it all the more heartwarming. For the latter, the key is moderation. One piece that’s particularly great at paying attention or a series, lined up neatly, that share a style or a theme. If you’re making a display wall, make sure whatever you display is beautifully presented with tools like wooden frames from Best4Frames. Accent lighting directly above or below can help add a dramatic flair to a piece of art, as well.
Something cobbled together
If you have a large piece of furniture like a display cabinet or a big coffee table, these are immediately going to draw the eye. But without any help, they can look drab and a little lifeless and extend that sentiment to the room. These coffee table styling ideas from Elle Décor can help you get some inspiration for the right ways to accent and populate these pieces of furniture so they say a little more about the personality of the room and its inhabitant. Just make sure you try and keep the style fitting or at least complementary. A Parisian French style cabinet is not going to be helped along if it’s stuffed with 70s retro kitsch.
Focal points tie a room together, they provide something for the eye to fixate on, and most of all, they are a good way to make sure room décor isn’t too cluttered. Less is more, as they say, and focal points give you the chance to say a lot using only a little.