Every room needs a focal point; the very first element or object that catches your eye upon entering a room. A focal point can be a fireplace, an architectural feature, a piece of furniture or artwork. Once the focal point has been established, a room has more interest and appears more unified.
When you enter a room in your home, what is the first thing that gets your attention? If there isn’t one item that stands out, chances are there is no solid focal point in place. Some focal points are built in, such as a fireplace, large window or architectural feature. These can be accentuated to stand out even more with the use of accessories, creative window treatments or paint.
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A large piece of art, such as a painting or a sculpture, is a strong focal point. Install a light to illuminate and draw more attention to art, thus making it more of a focal point. In a room that is a sea of neutral, a bright painting or sculpture makes a bold statement. A grouping of photographs or other framed artwork make a strong statement.
A furniture grouping can become the focal point in the living room. A lighted cabinet with a collection of china or a spectacular chandelier are the instant focal points of a dining room. The bed easily becomes the focal point in the bedroom with a beautiful headboard or lavish linens.
Once a focal point has been chosen, you can arrange the room to flow from that element. The room will become more visually cohesive. A focal point can create balance out of chaos in a room.