Tips & tricks for 5 eye-catching focal points in your house

Decorating really is a personal thing, isn't it?  We all have our own tastes and preferences. We browse our favorite websites for inspiration. Or, we find ourselves in a "Pinterest coma" scrolling through hundreds of mouth watering images.  We have our "go-to" stores like Target, TJ Maxx, or Home Goods.  Sound familiar? 

If you just nodded "yes" to that last question, then it's probably fair to say you appreciate an appealing home interior. Whether you are 100% confident in your decorating skills, or not, you probably spend time decorating your home at one point or another.  Today, I'm sharing 5 tips that you can implement for creating an outstanding focal point in any room.  

What's a focal point?  

A focal point is a visual point of interest in a room, that draws the eye in. It's something you see upon first entering a room.  It can be a collection of items, a large accent piece like a boldly painted hutch or wall hanging,  a gallery wall full of photos, or a mantle that displays all your favorite things with each changing season.  

No matter what type of focal point you have, the key is knowing how to accessorize and enhance the beauty of your home, while showcasing who you are.   So what types of focal points can be created in any home?  Let's dive in.....

1. Built-in focal point

Some  "focal points" are  "built in".  Examples are mantles, and bookcases.  While these focal points are awesome to have, they don't just stand on their own!  When they are well-accessorized, these focal points can stand out even MORE!  See these examples:

Photo from Shades of Blue Interiors        

Photo from Shades of Blue Interiors        

Focal points certainly don't have to be "built-in" though!  If you don't have built-in focal points, then the next focal point is your type....

2.  Made-from-scratch focal point

"Made-from-scratch" focal points are points of visual interest that YOU create yourself.  They are can be "built" around a favorite piece of furniture, or on a single wall.  Planing and executing this type of focal point can be intimidating, but these tips will hopefully eliminate your guesswork! 

 

1.  Collections:  Whether you are styling your mantle or built-in bookcase, try to vary the heights of objects.  And, if you have a collection of items like vases or pottery, display them in a group, as they have so much more impact when arranged this way.  

But don't forget the size rule: mix up the sizes!  Placing taller objects amidst shorter ones creates more visual interest, and depth to a room.  Here are some examples of "collections" of things with varying heights: 

Photos below taken from West Elm:

photo from Windmill Farms found on Pinterest.  See how the different size pieces are mixed all together? 

photo from Windmill Farms found on Pinterest.  See how the different size pieces are mixed all together? 

2.  Shelving:  Floating shelves are extremely popular.  They are awesome in any room (even the bathroom).  No floating shelves? No problem.  Book shelves can serve the same purpose. Accessorizing your shelf can be simple with these 3 tips:  1. Mix around sizes and shapes of accessories.  Be careful of the warehouse/stock shelf effect. This is where items are all the same size, and lined up). 2.  Go for symmetrically asymmetrical arrangements.....

Asymmetry among decor can make sense, as long as there is still symmetry.  Here are some photos to illustrate what I mean:

Above you see that objects of different sizes and shapes are placed strategically, containing anywhere from a single object to a cluster of objects on each side of the shelf.  The result makes sense visually.

3.  Dress up your statement furniture piece:   If you have an extra special antique, or favorite piece of furniture, this would be a great starting point for your "made from scratch" focal point.

For example, if you have empty wall space, place your piece along that wall. From there, you can fill in the gaps with your decor to create an eye-catching focal point.  

Examples: 

Fill in your gaps with pictures on the wall, lamps for a little height, and baskets. 

Fill in your gaps with pictures on the wall, lamps for a little height, and baskets. 

photo taken from Unfolded, an Annie Sloan chalk paint distributor

photo taken from Unfolded, an Annie Sloan chalk paint distributor

4.  Gallery walls:  Gallery walls make great focal points.  From family photos, to showcasing things you love, galleries are a great centerpiece for any room.  A well-done gallery is one of the first things noticed upon entering a room.

5.  Large wall accessories:   If loading up a wall with many things isn't your cup of tea, you might prefer one larger piece of wall art, or several larger pieces of art in a collection (like the photo below):  

Larger walls, or spaces above mantles are great locations for statement wall art....

photo taken from Designed, an interior design blog by Carla Aston

photo taken from Designed, an interior design blog by Carla Aston

Here's a tip for large wall pieces:    Large wall pieces needs a little "support".  Otherwise, they can appear to be floating. To avoid the "floating" effect, place a piece of furniture beneath it, like a sofa, sofa table, or an accent chair.  In the photos above, the sofa helps anchor the larger wall decor.  Can you imagine what that wall would look like if there was no sofa there!?  Kinda strange, right? 

The same holds true for the photo of the three-piece art trio above the chair.  Without that chair to anchor the art pieces, they would appear to be floating:

See what I mean? the photo on the right just looks like something is missing in that space.  The chair fills that gap nicely. 

And that is a taste of focal points for any home, any style, any budget!  Your thoughts?  Do you have a focal point you love in your home?  Thinking of creating one after reading this post? Share your focal points to NOVO DECOR FACEBOOK!   

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