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How to Create a Focal Point without Architectural Elements

By Katharine Kaye McMillan, Patricia Hart McMillan

Creating a focal point in a room without architectural elements (like a fireplace or beautiful window) can be challenging. A focal point makes a room feel inviting, provides balance, and is the basis for your decorating. Many newer homes have plain, boxy rooms that lack architectural interest. Establishing a focal point is worth the effort, because without one, a room will feel disorganized and messy.

First, decide how you want to use the space.

  • Do you want to host the neighborhood Super Bowl Party? Use a large entertainment center, bar or armoire, as your focal point.


  • Are you more likely to host a wine and cheese tasting party? Then you might want to go with a lovely sofa, accented with a high stack of pillows and with a large, important painting hanging above it.

  • In an entrance hall, a beautiful mirror placed above a small table or chair reflects light and provides a practical place for you to check your grooming before you head out the door.

There’s no right or wrong object to use as a focal point. It can be anything that you want to be center of attention. The choice is up to you. Just be sure that all other furnishings in the room are positioned so that they help the focal point stand out and not clash with it.