Each room in your home probably has a natural focal point. This is the place where the eye first comes to rest when entering the room. Creating a focal point is one of the most important aspects of having a well-decorated home.
According to decorating experts Mary Ann Young and David Nussbaum, “The focal point could be a naturally beautiful fireplace, piano, or a tall, antique armoire—or even a spectacular window view.” In modern times, the focal point is often the television.
The first step in creating a focal point is deciding what will attract the most attention. Sometimes, a room will have a distinguishing feature built right in that you can highlight, such as a rug, a beautiful mirror or a large coffee table.
If you have a fireplace, try dressing it up by hanging a large mirror or wall sculpture above the mantel. Look for fireplace screens and decorative touches for a simple way to draw attention to your fireplace.
If your home has no distinguishable feature, you’ll need to get creative. This is the perfect chance to explore your decorative side and create your own focal point. An elegant area rug instantly draws attention, and can really tie a room together.
Once you’ve identified your focal point, you’ll need to build the rest of the room around it. Arrange your furniture so that everyone sitting in the room can appreciate the focal point.
Larger seating pieces such as sofas or love seats should be placed in the room first because these are bolder room-shaping pieces. Adding smaller items such as a round end table or a storage ottoman can complement the larger furniture.
Ideally, there should be enough seats for six to eight people. Make sure that there is sufficient space to move freely through the seating area. After your seating is in position, you can begin to bring in accessories, such as plants, artwork, shelves, and tables.
“All seating should have occasional tables close by for drinks and books,” Young and Nussbaum advise. If your focal point is an eye-catching area rug, consider a glass-top table for optimum viewing.
Focal points in other rooms should be much easier to find than in the living room. For instance, in the dining room, it’s usually the dining table. In the bedroom, it is the bed. Make sure that these items are beautifully adorned. A striking linen tablecloth on the dining room table will do the trick as will a handsome headboard or a richly patterned comforter set on the bed.