Designing Around a Focal Point
06/08 Design Tips

Designing Around a Focal Point

Get the most out of your focal point

Focal points are an essential element in every space…

and designing around them is all about creating a place for the eye to land. Whether we’re designing an entire home from the ground up, remodeling one room, or styling built-ins, we’re always considering how to build on our focal points.

Here are a few of our favorite tips for designing around a focal point:

Designing Around a Focal Point

From our PC Contemporary Project.

No. 1: Identify your focal point

First things first, identify your focal point. While focal points can certainly be created, be sure to look around your space and consider any existing focal points.

A focal point can be architectural or decorative. Fireplaces, windows, large artwork pieces, mirrors, and views are common focal points.

While the general rules of thumb focus on one focal point, there may be more than one architectural focal point you want to bring attention to in some cases. For example, if you have a room with a great view and a fireplace, you’ll want to keep that in consideration when choosing your furniture orientation, color palette, etc.

Designing Around a Focal Point

From our Rye, Ny  Project. 

Designing Around a Focal Point

From our Midcentury Loft Netflix Remodel.

Designing Around a Focal Point

From our Crestview House. 

Statement artwork pieces

Create a focal point with a statement artwork piece.
Statement artwork favorites
Field of Movement
Midnight Tide
Quiet
Scattered Thoughts

No. 2: Arrange your pieces around your focal point  

When choosing furniture placement and the overall layout of pieces in a space, adjust accordingly to your focal point to make sure you are adding to it, not distracting from it. More often than not, we tend to orient furniture pieces facing the room’s focal point or focal points.

Designing Around a Focal Point

From our AZ Homestead Project. 

Designing Around a Focal Point

From our Beckham Project

Designing Around a Focal Point

From our PC Contemporary Project. 

Focal-worthy mirrors 

Draw the eye in to a mirror focal point to make your space feel bigger.
Explore more mirrors
Moneta Mirror
Tommy Wall Mirror
Gadot Rectangle Mirror
Belmont Mirror

No. 3: Use decor to bring the eye into your focal point

Incorporating surrounding decor is a great way to design around a focal point and bring the eye in. We love incorporating built-ins around a fireplace to create a place for styling decor that centers the focal point or pulls out colors from a piece of artwork.

Designing Around a Focal Point

Our Scattered Thoughts piece styled for McGee & Co

Designing Around a Focal Point

From our PC Contemporary Project.

Designing Around a Focal Point

From our Pine Brook Home.

Designer-detailed decor

Add in décor to tie in your focal point
More décor favorites
Stoneware Abstract Movement Object
Industrial Weave Object
Industrial Weave Object
Knotted Marble Object

No. 4: Bring attention to your focal point with lighting

Lighting is a great way to design around a focal point and highlight its details. We love using picture lights over artwork, chandeliers to draw the eye up to the windows, and even using lighting pieces as a focal point.

Designing Around a Focal Point

From our Sunset House.

Designing Around a Focal Point

From The McGee Home. 

Eye-catching lighting

Incorporate interesting lighting as a focal point.
More lighting options
Earthshine Brass Pendant
Basket Oval Chandelier
Nodes Linear Chandelier
Egg Drop Pendant
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