Design Details: Don’t Forget a Focal Point

published May 14, 2015
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Focal points are pretty straightforward: they’re the things that first draw your eye in any room. But if you don’t have a natural architectural focal point like Adam & Ellen’s fabulous fireplace above, you can make one in any room. Take a look at how these homeowners did it.


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Overachiever Brandy has a whole focal wall with an ornate mirror serving as the icing on the cake.


Jamie and Byron’s statement molding is subtle enough to blend in with this neutral room but special enough to stand out.


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Mark knows that if art can make a great focal point as long as it’s poppy enough to really stand out against the rest of the decor.

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A focal point doesn’t necessarily have to be big and bold. Just look at Jamie & Byron’s dining room. What stands out most (besides that cute cat)? It’s not the chandelier, it’s the series of contrasting silhouettes that really draws your eye.


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Easiest of all, using paint in interesting ways (or just in a beautiful, attention-grabbing color) is always a good idea.


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Finally, Lauren knows a focal point doesn’t have to stay grounded. The ceiling is a vast swath of real estate just waiting for something to spice it up. Draw that eye up!