Some areas of interest in a room are easy to spot: That crackling fireplace, the huge picture window that looks out over the lake. Others rooms, though, can feel harder. The key to designing around focal points is to first find them. Here’s how:
- Understand what it is. A focal point in a room is an area of interest, of emphasis, or of a different composition than the rest of the room.
- Determine what stands out. Is it a bookcase, a fireplace, or a window? Pick your favorite part of the room, and organize the space accordingly.
- Create a point. Not sure what stand out? Create your own focal point with a striking mirror, mounted television, or work of art. Even furniture, like a couch, will work.
- See it first. Your focal point is likely the first thing you see when you enter a room.
- Light it up. Spotlighting, accent lights, or other detail lights will draw more attention to your favorite focal point.
- Add contrast. If you’re looking to call out a dark wood mantle, use a light colored paint on the wall behind it. Similarly, support lighter focal points with dark colors to make them pop.
- Add accessories. To finish, call further attention to your focal point by adding elements of décor. For example, for mantles and shelves, consider a well placed plant or framed photo.