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Whether you know it or not, when you walk into a room, a room’s focal point is the first thing you notice. It is one of the most important elements in interior design.

It is the point around which you should design the rest of your space. It influences the arrangement of your furniture and takes the focus off other features of the room that you may not want to be highlighted.

A successful focal spot will not only draw you in but will also set the tone and mood of the entire space. Read on to learn about how to set up and define the best point in any room.

Built-in Focal Point

Most rooms fall into two categories: ones that already have a built-in focal point and those that do not. Ideally, the rooms of your home already have a focus point built-in.

If that is the case, all you have to do is design the space so that it highlights its best features. Some of the most common already built-in focus points are:


Windows are an easy and great option to use as a focal point for any room. If there is a great view to look at outside of the window, even better.

Regardless of what else is in a space, eyes naturally travel over to any windows in a room. So if you have a room with great windows, just make sure you design around them and make sure they are unobstructed as possible


Fireplaces are also a great option to design around and ground the room. A great idea is to design seating options around it, which will also naturally highlight the fireplace.


Ceilings often times go underappreciated. If you are lucky enough to have gorgeous vaulted or high ceilings, it could be a great choice for a focus point.

While they don’t seem to require much when it comes to design, make sure they have a great paint color and light fixtures to highlight.

Create Your Own

If your room falls into the second category of not having built-in features to highlight, then you may have to create your own. While this does take a bit more effort, it can be quite simple once you decide what you want to do.

There are many options to choose from, so just pick the one that suits your style and space the best.

Accent Walls

Consider an accent wall to use as a focal point. An accent wall is a great and simple option to bring the design of a room together. Use a bold color or patterned wallpaper to really create a design statement.


A great piece of artwork or mirror can really bring a room together. Make sure the piece you choose is an appropriate and proportionate size to the wall it is mounted. If possible, also consider accent lighting to highlight the piece.

Statement Furniture

A great piece of statement furniture can also serve as a fine focal point. For rooms like a bedroom or dining room, there is an obvious choice for these pieces. Make sure you accent them properly with pillows and throws to complete the look.

Ready to Design Your Perfect Room?

Picking a focal point is one of the most important parts of bringing any space together. This spot is the first thing people see when they enter a room. Many times, this point is already something that is built-in to your space. If not, there are many simple ways to create one of your own.

Check us out for more information on how we can help you design your dream space!