Regardless of your personal interior style, all homes need a focal point, where your eye is drawn to and where your guests stare and say “WOW”. Whether it’s an architectural feature, statement wallpaper or oversized furniture, we’re here to help you create the perfect interior focal point.
What is a Focal Point?
So, what is a focal point in interior design? A Focal Point is a something that will draw your eye to a specific point in a room. This could be a wide range of things from a feature fireplace, piece of artwork or one off statement colour.
Creating a focal point can be something super simple and subtle you may not even acknowledge it straight away- it’s that level of detail that makes you stop and appreciate a space.
How to Create a Focal Point
If you’re renovating your home or lucky enough to be able to build your dream dwellings, think about creating an architectural focal point. This could be a textured wall, an ornate marble fireplace or a statement staircase in the middle of your living space.
Don’t worry, if you’re not renovating there are some simple things you can do with a tin of paint.
By painting an area of your homes, such as a fireplace or staircase, you can create a dramatic contrast, leading your eye directly to this point. This also works especially well if you have any old details you wish to highlight like ornate Edwardian architrave.
Lighting Focal Point
A bold, metallic pendant light over a table or breakfast bar will instantly add height, which will draw your eye in creating a focal point with a designer edge. Alternativly, some well placed spots on your favourite pictures or artwork brings a warmer touch and makes a feature of your wall art.
An oversized, arched floor lamp will add shape and structure to minimal interiors…
… While metallic and marble pendants either-side of your headboard will draw the eye in, turning something simple into something special.
Focal Point Furniture
If you’re looking to make more of a statement with your furniture, the main thing to consider is contrast. A white table in a white room will blend in and feel light and airy but will be lacking in that spot your eye is drawn to as soon as you enter a space.
However, introduce a wooden dining table or colourful sofa to contrast the white wash space, and instantly you’ve created that “WOW” effect. It’s then important to consider the layout of the space, to really showcase your stunning furniture.
When planning the layout of your home, these are the things you need to consider.
- Position: You don’t always have to push your furniture up against a wall. Place your dining table in the middle of the kitchen, or a desk in the middle of your home office, facing a window, to create a more attractive and considered space.
- Lighting: Arguably the most important factor in all elements on interior design, is the lighting right? Statement pendant lights over a table, or as we’ve mentioned an oversized floor lamp will bring the drama and highlight that area you really want to show off.
- Walkways: Make sure you consider the flow of your home, creating usable walkways but without having a straight line through space. You want to flow with ease throughout your home, making a point to walk past and appreciate the space you’ve created.
Paint and Paper
Finally, there is no quicker or easier way to create that focal point than to experiment with paints and wallpapers.
We’ve already covered this a little bit, but there are so many things you can do as well as a statement chimney breast or staircase. Pinterest is full of creative and fun things you can do for focal wall inspiration.
Different paint effects can create very different looks and feels to your space. Darker colours on white walls create a cosy nook which draws your eye in, while ombre walls bring a true colour statement.
L-R: The Naro and Form Dining Set | Image via Pinterest
Likewise, bold wallpapers can create a focal point by making your furniture stand out, or showcasing a key feature of your home, such as a reflective glass dining table.
Apart from building a focal point into the architecture of your house, creating a focal point is super easy with a little creativity and experimentation.
- Play with the layout of your home to make your furniture the centrepiece.
- Experiment with colour combination and paint techniques to draw your eye to a certain point.
- A focal point doesn’t have to be in the middle of the room. Take attention to a corner or doorway with the clever use of paint.
- Balance print, pattern and colour to create a unique and eye-catching space.