Home Decor 101: How to create and style a focal point
Establishing a focal point, especially in your living and bedroom is essential, simply because it helps you navigate a room seamlessly. It becomes a spot where your eyes naturally land, and all the furniture, lighting, and decor pieces in your home are typically built around this one visually arresting spot. A room without a focal point can be a tricky, chaotic space, so if you’ve been feeling like there’s been something missing, you probably just need to add a focal point.
Of course, the fireplace is a usual suspect when it comes to creating a focal point, but this is hard to pull off in smaller apartments. And no, pointing all your furniture at the TV isn’t the best idea! So how do you create a focal point that’s practical yet stylish? Here are some ideas to inspire you!
Display a large painting above your sofa, making it the design foundation from which the rest of your decor is inspired. We love the idea of throwing in bold art, like the one above, with heavy strokes of black paint, making for great contrast to the earthy tones of the furniture.
Pick a mirror in an attention-grabbing shape, instead of a conventional one. Ensure it’s large enough to create an impactful focal point, and you’re set. Here, we have a circular mirror, made interesting with the addition of a leather strap to hold it up. As chic as it is eye-catching.
If you’re someone who veers towards a bright, larger-than-life decor style, a patterned feature wall might be a good way to add a focal point. Showcase it in all its glory with a ceiling spotlight, and add your television against it, to make it the center of attention in your home.
A large focal point splashed with color and texture? Sign us up now! This bedroom with a blue wooden slatted backdrop gives the gold accent lights, mirrors and bed the kind of visual justice they need.
2-Piece Wall Art
Speaking of focal points in bedrooms, we can vouch for the two-piece wall art look. Inviting and dramatic all at once, you can further accentuate it with a beautifully upholstered headrest and a brass wall lamp, as displayed above.
Like to keep things neutral? A pop of color in your sofa or lounge chair can give it a happy vibe, and also make it visually captivating. Keep the rest of the decor neutral with light sheer curtains, vintage cushion covers and plants to keep the colourful piece in focus.
French windows with their charming, arched shape, and large dimensions can truly become the heart of your home and define its overall character. This nook will stand out by itself, so decorate it minimally with plants, subtle lace curtains, and mood lighting to underline its beauty.
Colored Kitchen Cabinets
Using color in your kitchen cabinets can give a surprising twist to its decor. This could be a spot that can amp up the drama in an all-white home, and also become a place to inspire those culinary experiments!
How to design around a focal point
Once you’ve established the focal point of your living room, bedroom or kitchen, it’s time to style the space around it. Here’s how you can go about:
- Ensure it truly pops out with the use of lighting. Experiment with floor and wall lamps along with spotlights — choose a combination of them to make this part of your home take center stage.
- Extract a color palette from your focal point. Use lighter or exact shades and pick decor accessories that consist of said color palette. Remember to add a few neutrals and do not go overboard with matching the same tones, so your room doesn’t look too orchestrated. Add a contrasting hue for more depth and variation.
- Complement your focal point with decorative pieces. A good dose of greenery paired with cushions, throws and rugs will make your room the perfect place to host and entertain friends.
If you liked our recommendations and are looking to create a well-defined focal point in your home, we can help! With CasaOne’s all-new Design Service, you’ll get to work with our in-house designer to create photorealistic visualizations of your home with our rental furniture in it. Watch your focal point and the space around it come to life, when you find furniture that truly matches your vibe.