As you are going through the process of redoing a space in your home, consider focal points.  They are one thing that will help you ground your space and make it feel complete when it’s all done.  So as you consider paint colors, furniture choices, and window treatments, don’t forget focal points!

Before you learn how to select a focal point, you might want to confirm your understanding of it. Simply put, a focal point is the thing that draws—and often keeps—your attention. The best way to understand this concept is to make it real. Pick a room in your home, walk in, look around and notice the focal point (whatever captures your attention). You may be surprised by the results. You may notice more than one, or an unexpected one. The important thing to remember regarding focal points is to be purposeful with them. This will help your space feel in focus: balanced, comfortable and well put together.

Tried-and-True Focal Points

One of the items listed below may be perfect for your space. Be creative and purposeful in choosing your focal point, and let your decision be driven by what pleases, comforts or inspires you.

  •  Inspirational work of art
  • Family photo collage tastefully displayed on a main wall
  •  Beautiful grouping of plants with dramatic up-lighting
  •  Unique “conversation piece” furnishing or featured accessory
  •  Fireplace (highly ornate, dramatically simple or anything in between)
  •  Vibrant-colored flowers along your backyard fence

Those Ginormous TVs

Many modern spaces feature a bigger-than-life TV. This may not be what you want for your focal point. Trouble is, there may be no good way to hide it, and if it’s mounted, there’s certainly no way to put it away when not in use. Since this situation can’t be “solved,” think about diffusing it visually. Create balance in the space by creating another focal point. This will create balance and expand the mood of the room so that it’s not all about the TV. (It will also help make your lie to friends a bit more believable that you “hardly ever watch TV”—C’mon, who do we think we’re fooling.)

Focused Tips 

Apply these tricks of the trade inside and outside your home to ensure your focal points dazzle:

  • Add directed lighting on plant groupings and artwork or inside lighting in cabinets where collections are displayed to add pizazz and turn them into true focal points
  •  Understand that less is more—limit the number of items featured so your focal points are clearly defined
  •  Slim down your collectibles to prevent a cluttered appearance (you can change them out from time to time to feature all your favorites)
  • Vary the heights of featured items to add interest to your displays
  • Shop garage sales and thrift shops with an eye for items that will capture attention and imaginations (or items you can modify to make them one of a kind)
  •  Paint a complementary color on the one wall of your room and hang your treasured art or artifact, front and center, on that wall

Now, what will you do next to love where you live?