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    Updated on Sep 11, 2020. Posted on Sep 8, 2020

    14 Simple Ways To Create Focal Points In Your Living Space

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    Trying to design your living space but not sure how to create the focal point? Then you're in the right place!

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    A focal point instantly draws your eye and helps enhance your room's aesthetic. That means a focal point ≠ a center point.

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    A lotta times, the focal point is something obvious — like a fireplace or large windows. But for those of us without natural focal points, here are some simple ways to create one (or two or three)!

    1. Let's start with one of the simplest ways: large furniture. It goes without saying that a beautiful piece of large furniture can anchor a design. But it can also double as a fantastic focal point for the room.

    A farmhouse-styled living room uses a wooden armoire as the focal point
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    Think about a statement sectional or giant armoire. These types of pieces really attract your attention. One key is to balance a large piece of furniture, maybe with some art or plants, to reinforce the piece as the focal point. (P.S. This lovely armoire and living is from the Sage Hill Cottage blog.)

    2. Of course, if your living room does have a fireplace, you can use it — why not work with what you've got?

    A large living room uses a tiled-fireplace as the focal point
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    While some fireplaces can be incredibly commanding on their own, most need some dressing! Just by adding simple decor to your mantle, you can easily dress up your fireplace.

    3. You can also choose some contrasting paint that will make your fireplace stand out.

    A fireplace's mantle is painted navy blue to contrast the off-white walls
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    This will solidify your fireplace as the clear and intentional focal point of your living space.

    4. And there's always a faux fireplace for those of us who can only dream of having a real one (for now).

    A faux fireplace, with decor on its mantle, is the focal point between two armchairs
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    They can be just as eye-catching as built-in fireplaces, like this one used by Centsational Style (you can check out a similar one for $369.99+ on Wayfair). Of course, you can get one that suits your aesthetic — have you seen the ones that you can mount on your wall ($207.99 on Wayfair)?

    5. If you're tight on space though, large furniture can overwhelm the room — that's where large *art* comes in!

    A large piece of artwork depicting blue people hangs above a wooden credenza
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    You can choose a piece that either stands out, like the way this blue painting pops out against the beige walls and furniture, or use a piece to tie together your color scheme.

    6. You can also use a statement mirror to create a focal point. Mirrors are pretty strategic pieces. They're decorative, functional, and bounce light around to make a room feel brighter and more open.

    A large, ornate mirror sits on a console table as a focal point
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    To use a mirror as a focal point, think about its frame, size, and where you would hang it (what will it reflect?). Mirrors can really highlight style and moods in a room, so make sure to pick one that goes with your theme.

    7. Another ~art~ option: a gallery wall! And the art definitely does not have to be gigantic (or uber expensive).

    A simple gallery wall extends from the floor to ceiling behind two armchairs and a lamp
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    Ah, the gallery wall — fun to look at but a bit more difficult to set up. If you're not sure where to put it, try centering it over a piece of furniture, like your couch. But there are all kinds of different ways you can style a gallery wall, too, depending on your style! If yer lookin' for more ideas and ~inspo~ for your perf gallery wall, check out our Gallery Wall Hanging Guide!

    Of course, if you're not in the mood to puzzle out a gallery wall but still want one, you can always buy a gallery wall frame set ($57.59+ on Amazon).

    BTDubs, if you're feeling these particular prints in the pic, you can find them at Anthropologie for $98+.

    8. Speaking of walls, you can use wallpaper to create an accent wall!

    A geometric print wallpaper is used to create an accent wall
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    There are so many different images, prints, and colors of (removable, if needed) wallpaper out there — you're sure to find one that catches your eye and fits your theme. Not sure where find any? Check out my coworker Elena's list of where to buy wallpaper online. And if you've got your eye on some but are hesitant on how to hang it, try our Nifty guide on handy removable wallpaper tips!

    Oh, and if you like this contemporary geometric wallpaper, you can find it for $73.18 per every 33 feet from Sanda Supplies.

    9. If you're feeling more ambitious, you could use paint to create an accent wall — whether you paint one wall a different color or use painter's tape or stencils to create patterns and shapes.

    A pink archway is painted on a white wall behind a table and two chairs
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    You can get creative with diagonal lines, stripes, or shapes. To take it a step further, you could paint a mural onto the wall! For more inspo, Emily Henderson walks you through how to do an accent wall right.

    10. Of course, if you're not feeling the colors or patterns, textured walls, like board and batten walls or exposed brick, make very sophisticated focal points — especially if you already have one!

    A living space with all white walls, with one wall turned into a board and batten wall
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    If you don't have a board and batten wall, you could make it yourself. You might be thinking, "Isn't this supposed to be simple?" And you're not wrong. But board and batten walls are more time-consuming than difficult to make. And they're relatively cheap to do yourself since you only need some basic materials. If you're considering, check out this DIY board and batten wall guide by Angela Rose Home!

    11. Don't forget about light fixtures! The right light can make a strong visual statement and become a strong focal point, too. If you have the vertical space, they can really emphasize the height of your room.

    A dining room with a large pendant light fixture hanging over the table
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    Pendant lights make great focal points. They're dimensional and have unique designs that can really be eye-catching — especially if you're trying to keep a space simpler (so... no murals). They also save floor space and add some light!

    12. Now, what about TVs? Some glossy interior design guides would have you hide your TV — but that can be counterintuitive in your living room where, ya know, you sit to watch TV.

    A living room with a TV on an entertainment stand, bookended by two shelves
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    A straightforward way to make your TV a focal point is to set it on top of a credenza or entertainment center, or mount your TV on the wall above one. Similarly, you can add floating shelves around it. The idea is to frame and balance your television so that it becomes the focal point. If you need help, check out Wayfair's guide on how to find the right TV stand.

    If you like the one in the pic, you can get a similar one from Wayfair for $379.99.

    13. For your bedroom, the go-to focal point could easily be your bed! And it doesn't need to have a dramatic headboard, see?

    A wooden bed platform with no headboard holding a bed with only a white comforter and white pillows. The bed sits near an arched window, while the rest of the room has a small wooden table, a rug, a wooden mirror, and plant situated around the bed.
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    Beds are typically the largest piece of furniture in any bedroom. Plus, its a bedroom, so they're pretty much expected to command the space! But by building the rest of the room around your bed or accenting your bed — think headboard or frame, accent pillows, or even a color that pops against the rest of your room — you can really solidify it as the focal point.

    And if you're digging the bohemian vibes of the bed in the picture, you get the platform bed from Urban Outfitters for $599+.

    14. And, never underestimate some good curtains. You might be thinking, "It's easy to use large windows (esp with a view!) as your focal point, but what about your standard window?" Well, that's where the power of curtains comes in!

    Slightly see-through blue curtains draped from the top of a window to the floor, extending beyond the side edges of the window, and making it the focal point of a neutral-toned room, between a sitting chair and dresser
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    Curtains frame your windows, obviously. You should always place the rod above the window, and that means at any height and not glued to the top of your window. Ideally, you could hang the rod almost halfway (or more) between your window and the ceiling for optimal height.

    As for the length, you can mess around with how long your curtains drape. But don't limit your curtains to the length of your window — you can hang curtains that just graze the floor or even pool on the floor!

    You also wanna hang your curtains wider than your window, so the curtains don't end exactly where your window frame does — it'll make your room look bigger! Basically, you'll wanna be able to see most of the window when your curtains are open — not have them bunched up in front of it.

    For more curtain tips, check out Wayfair's Ultimate Guide to Window Treatments and their Curtain Style Guide!

    With these tips, you'll be able to create a striking focal point (or two) for your living space. And above all else, create a space that makes you happy to be in — focal point or not.

    Now, go forth and give HGTV a run for their money!

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