Creating a Focal Point in a Room Where There is None


You’ve most likely been inside a house with an architectural feature, design layout, or furniture piece that drew your attention and stopped you in your tracks. That’s a focal point — the first thing your eyes gravitate toward when entering a room.

A focal point is essential for creating a welcoming and peaceful environment for guests to hang out and for your family to gather. It can also make your space feel put together and harmonious.

But what if your room needs a main attraction to tie together your design elements? Read on to discover how you can create a focal point in any room:

1. Use your home’s architectural design

Your home may feature unique elements that you can use to create an eye-catching section of your space. What once was considered an annoying, stuck-out wall can now be the center of attention. Try hanging a large piece of art on the wall or paint it bright. Not only will this produce that coveted focal point, but it’ll transform a seemingly weird architectural space into a loveable part of your room.

2. Paint an accent wall

As previously mentioned, paint can be an easy way to draw people’s attention to a space or feature, but that tip doesn’t apply to a weirdly-shaped wall. Instead, choose a bare wall opposite the entrance and use a patterned wallpaper or a pop of paint to create an accent wall. Ensure that this color or pattern works well with the other design features while still being the stand-out element in the space.

3. Hang artwork

Artwork can bring class and style to any room. Choose a large statement piece and hang it at eye level on the wall you wish to be the focal point. Pay attention to the size of this wall and pick art that will accentuate rather than detract from the room. If you’re going for a more off-the-wall or eclectic aesthetic, try hanging a gallery wall with multiple pieces that work together.

4. Get a large furniture piece

Many pieces of furniture can be a focal point as long as the room’s layout looks intentional. For example, the sofa is usually the centerpiece of a living space room, meaning that bright colors or interesting patterns are a good design choice. If you want to take the attention away from your sectional, incorporate a tall bookshelf full of your favorite books and knick-knacks, or purchase an ornate coffee table to center the other furniture around.

5. Put up drapery

If you’re lucky enough to have a big open window in your room, use it! Start by ensuring your furniture isn’t blocking or covering up the frame — other items shouldn’t cover the focal point. Then, accentuate the window with beautiful, bright drapery. Play with textures and patterns to achieve the maximum effect. For a more dramatic look, hang the drapes close to the ceiling so they graze the floor. Not only can this attract focus, but it also makes your room look more spacious.

6. Invest in a plant

Investing in a plant for your home can reduce air pollutants and serve as the main attraction for any room. Whether you want a large fiddleleaf fig or a smaller pothos, placing a house plant in your space can add a natural pop of color. Before getting a plant, consider its placement and what light it will need to thrive, as this can affect the type of plant you want to purchase.

7. Contact Michelle Jett Decorating Den Interiors

Creating a focal point for your home lacking flair can be exciting but also tricky. If you need assistance finding the right solution for your home, then we can help. Our personal decorators can take the pressure off you by designing an attention-grabbing space for you and your family to enjoy.

After you’ve reached out to us, one of our design consultants will visit your home and provide a complimentary consultation for your focal point-focused makeover. During this meeting, we will will get a sense of your style and hear more about what you’re looking for. From there, your decorator will devise a design plan to build your perfect space — focal point and all.

Ready to get started? Contact Michelle Jett Decorating Den Interiors today!

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