Understanding Focal Points to Your Advantage

Most people interested in interior design need to have a good appreciation of the importance of focal points in enhancing a room’s appearance. Some things stand out naturally in a room. The focal point of a room is an item or a space where every other item seems to relate to. If a room does not have a focal point, it lacks order and coherence. Try some of these suggestions taken from experienced interior designers.

Do Not Pack Them Tightly

One of the common sights hardly to be missed in many houses are bookshelves. A bookshelf is usually the least decorated area of the room. Redesign your bookshelf to become the focal point of the room. Keep a good balance of books and various decor on your bookshelf. Place older or less known books in areas that hardly get noticed. Use shiny, bright covers and attractive decor to make your bookshelf the natural focal point of the room. But remember not to cramp everything on the shelves. Allow the items to interact with their surrounding space. Cramped spaces make some people really nervous they can’t stand to look at them.

Go Bare?

Many people go for single colored or bare undecorated walls. Having indoor waterfalls is a good and extravagant way to create a good focal point.


Designers have been looking for clever ways to produce focal points more effectively. Drape both your windows and walls with curtains. Install curtains that harmonize with the entire room. This way you have created a focal point and made the room more pleasant to the eyes. But if you’ve chosen a minimalist approach, choose curtains that draw attention with its color or design. There are professional shops that can help you choose the right fabrics and designs.

Let the Light Flow to the Focal Point

If you use focal points appropriately, your room appears to be more spacious in the perception of people who enter. Improper use of lighting, however, can neutralize this effect. Light intensity must work around bringing your focal point forward. The balance of lighting must work to achieve soft hues that doesn’t overpower the sight of the focal point. Your focal point will begin to harmonize with its surrounding light. Some focal points may naturally be too small and insignificant. Artistic lighting arrangements, e.g., track lighting and under-counter lighting, are helpful tools to highlight deficiencies in certain focal points. People need to find the harmony between the focal point and its surrounds by discovering the balance generated by lighting.

Did you find this article helpful? If you need help in creating focal point in any of the rooms in your house, there are companies that advertise this kind of service.