Improving the Appearance of Your Room: Focal Points

Most people interested in interior design need to have a good appreciation of the importance of focal points in enhancing a room’s appearance. Some things stand out naturally in a room. All items inside the room converge on a particular focal point. Not all rooms have a focal point. Below are simple principles to remember in creating a focal point.

Add Decor to Books

Bookshelves, for example, take up a good amount of space on walls. A bookshelf is usually the least decorated area of the room. Adding decor to your bookshelf can easily transform it into a very effective focal point. Keep a good balance of books and various decor on your bookshelf. Hide old, torn, or unattractive covers away from the line of sight. Place select books with visually attractive covers in areas that are readily seen on the shelf. But remember not to cramp everything on the shelves. Leave spaces in between items. Cramped spaces make some people really nervous they can’t stand to look at them.

Indoor Waterfalls

Some people prefer a minimalist approach to interior decoration. Items that can be placed in a room to create a good focal point can range from inexpensive to extravagant.


If your living room doesn’t have a focal point, try this simple but ingenious method. Cover your windows with curtains. Use long curtains that drop from the ceiling to the floor, that also blend with everything around it. This is a good way to make a major focal point that is both attractive and functional. Curtains do not need to be loud and elaborate to become the focal point. Some design companies offer a helping hand for you to be able to decorate your windows and walls with fabulous drapery.

Let the Light Flow to the Focal Point

Focal points effectively create the feeling that the room is bigger than it actually is. On the contrary, when people are dazzled by an enormous amount of light, they feel the room close in and become smaller rather than open up and become more spacious. Proper lighting should serve to enhance the convergence of all things towards the focal point. Spread the lights at different levels and with varying intensities in the entire room to diffuse its brightness all around. In this way, the light flows from its source to the focal point. Deficiencies in focal points need to be enhanced. Artistic lighting arrangements, e.g., track lighting and under-counter lighting, are helpful tools to highlight deficiencies in certain focal points. Wall lamps can be placed above a fireplace and can serve as alternative light source that illuminates the fireplace.

Follow the simple suggestions in this article and discover the beauty of creating focal points in your rooms. If you need help in creating focal point in any of the rooms in your house, there are companies that advertise this kind of service.