15 Stunning Focal Point Ideas
We recently posted a picture on our Facebook page that people absolutely love! It’s from a project we did a few years ago.
This was in our client’s casual living room and was our version of one of those wood walls that were all the rage for a hot minute. We kept getting requests for wood walls at that time, and this client was dying for one. I asked if we could change it up a bit and create a wood wall with a twist! I got the all clear and that’s how it turned out!
Since the picture was getting so much love, it got me thinking about focal points because essentially, that’s what this wall project was. Before adding our focal point, the room was just a box. No fireplace, no fun or interesting architectural details, just 6 surfaces (4 walls, ceiling, and floor) and couple of windows.
Going into many people’s homes, we discovered this happens more than you think. While it’s great and definitely an added value to have a feature like a fireplace, wainscoting, or crown molding in your space, what should you do to create a focal point when you don’t have one?
Today, I’m gonna offer up 15 simple ideas to create a gorgeous focal point.
We’ve used all of these in different projects we’ve, done and they’re all DIY friendly and most of them can be completed in a day or less; some even in just a few hours!
Before we jump full-fledged into the ideas, let’s first define what a focal point is.
Focal Point: The feature in a space where your eye goes first. It sets the stage for the rest of decor in the space and adds a significant amount of visual interest.
**Helpful TIP–Avoid this** Using your television as your room’s sole focal point is lazy design. Instead pair it with another feature like a fireplace or as part of a gallery wall. Here’s it’s paired with a fireplace making it a part of something larger (as pictured below).
Let’s get going with these 15 ideas!
- IDEA #1– Decorative Art
If you have lots of space behind your sofa, consider a set of art that follows the horizontal line of the sofa. Following a horizontal line is a great use of space if you have typical 8 ft ceilings because it fills the width of the large space behind the sofa as we did here.
- IDEA #2– Wall Mirror
A decorative mirror is an easy focal point because it adds instant beauty, it will bounce light around the room (especially if it’s across from a window), and it’s generally easy to install. If you elect to go round with a mirror, an easy way to add connection is by adding a another round element in the space. Here, we added the round chandelier.
- IDEA #3– Gallery Wall
Gallery walls are a feast for the eyes. They can be used to display family photos or art. The larger they are the harder they are to install but a four piece gallery wall isn’t time consuming and creates a gorgeous focal point! PS–Don’t be afraid to frame non-traditional art like: napkins, place mats, table runners, or curtains. All are perfectly capable of making a statement which is what we did in the 4 piece gallery wall below.
- IDEA #4– Wall Shelves
Wall shelves, floating or otherwise, add instant depth to a space and allow for plenty of variety when accessorizing.
- IDEA #5– An Oversized Clock
Large clocks (36 inches+) make a great singular focal point in a space because the offer depth and movement. A large enough clock, relative to the size of your wall, is sometimes all that’s needed to a complete a space.
- IDEA #6– Wall Mounted Fireplace
I’ve mentioned a couple of ‘movement’ items throughout this post; meaning items that offer any kind of movement; clocks (because of the moving hands), televisions, and now a fireplace.
**TIP: Your eye will automatically focus on any sort of movement first.
A wall mounted fireplace makes a gorgeous and fairly unique focal point. We;ve used them in several designs. If you choose this option, it’s only worth it if you can hide of cords by fishing them behind the wall or having an outlet installed that will hide the cords (the good thing is you do not necessarily need an electrician to do this. Just remember that exposed cords will cheapen the overall look.
- IDEA #7– Picture Ledges
Picture ledges are a nice play on traditionally hanging pictures. They’re easier to manage because you only have to anchor them to the wall and screw them in. Once that’s done, place your pics and you’re done! Use more than one or combine them with hanging elements for something different.
- IDEA #8– Wall Sconces
I didn’t think you could use wall sconces as an actual focal point until we did it!
I found these 18 inch candle sconces which were perfect for this small wall and if I needed to fill a larger wall I could’ve purchased more and used them as a set. If you love the ambiance of candles and are looking for something outside of the norm, this idea could work for you!
- IDEA #9– Metal Wall Decor
Step away from traditional decorative wall art and into metal wall decor. You can find metal decor in traditional and contemporary styles.
**TIP: Don’t be afraid to customize with paint if need be! The original color of the silver piece was bronze and teal but we painted it to give the feel we wanted.
- IDEA #10– Wood Carved Wall Decor
Used much the same way metal wall decor is used, wood wall decor leans more traditional and/or rustic. Also, because the material being used is wood, it lends itself to warmer overall feel. This decor can also be painted to match other elements in the space which again, is what we did with the piece pictured below.
- IDEA #11– Tile
Tile a section of wall or around a fireplace for beautiful an incredible focal point! Here we used the height of the ceiling with this tile to make a bold statement!
- IDEA #12– Chandelier
While most people don’t think of lighting as a focal point, it most definitely can be. Choosing lighting that is oversized, uniquely shaped, or that uses unique materials and colors will make for an amazing focal point. The shape, color, and size of this chandelier draws the eye right in!
- IDEA #13– Decorative PVC Panels
I know this one might seem a bit out of left field, but people have gotten VERY creative with PVC. This ain’t your grandma’s lattice, both Acurio Lattice Panels sold via Home Depot, and My Overlays, a company out of Massachusetts, offer lightweight paint-able PVC panels that can be used as a set to create a wonderful focal point. Home Depot sells them as an exterior material but we say…says who? They worked just as well in this living room design!
- IDEA #14– Paint Treatment
Creating a fun and easy paint treatment makes for a simple, affordable, and customize-able focal point! We did this one for about $30 when we did this project for Habitat for Humanity a few years ago. Definitely a DIY friendly project.
- IDEA #15– Masks
When we were tasked with creating a ‘global’ feel for a client, we incorporated these African masks into the design as part of this focal point. Masks are a great option especially if you want to incorporate elements of a specific culture into your design.
All of these ideas are very doable and many of them are affordable! If you want to give your room some pop, these ideas that will serve you well!
Create. Innovate. Decorate!
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