Common Interior Design Focal Points

A focal point is an element that directs our interactions within an area, drawing the eye, telling a tale and giving direction.

Many rooms already boast natural focal points such as large windows or an inbuilt fireplace; adding decorative pieces can further accentuate them.

Human eyes are naturally drawn to areas of contrast. Utilizing color and negative space to further emphasize your focal point will make it stand out even further.


Focal points are features that immediately draw the eye upon entering any given room, from an eye-catching floor-to-ceiling fireplace to windows revealing an expansive view. Focal points may be created intentionally or be naturally occurring such as grand piano or beautiful window – something which should grab our attention instantly upon entry.

Window frames can have a profound effect on a room by creating certain feelings within its atmosphere, with warmer hues creating an environment of hospitality and warmth while cooler shades may create serenity and peace.

Muntins (small vertical or horizontal pieces of framing) were traditionally used to separate large panes of glass into multiple smaller ones, but now serve a much more functional purpose by reflecting light back onto surfaces and objects in the room, increasing indirect illumination. Muntins can be made from various materials such as aluminum, vinyl and composite window frames – and come with finishes like paint, stain or wood grain depending on desired aesthetics.


An attractive fireplace can become the focal point of many rooms due to its size, texture, and warm feeling. When combined with decorative pieces and mantelpiece, a fireplace can transform a space into something truly captivating for its inhabitants.

An elegant fireplace makes an excellent focal point for displaying artwork. Selecting pieces that complement your home’s decor to ensure an integrated room design.

Natural focal points in any room could include large windows, bay windows, built-in shelving and kitchen islands. Highlighting them with wall art, lighting or views can draw the eye in and give purpose to an otherwise empty room.


Focal points are the central focus of a design. They tell a narrative and offer context to other elements within the room, leading the viewer’s exploration and creating lasting impressions about its design. Focal points also play an integral part in maintaining balance and harmony within a room. Just think about how a room would look like with animatronic Jurassic dinosaurs in them. 

Any standout design element can serve as the centerpiece for a room, from vibrant hues or bold wallpaper patterns, to beautiful artwork pieces and sculptures. To achieve maximum impact in a space, these focal points must stand out against their surroundings using contrast in color, size or texture – which may involve using bolder hues or using different textures or sizes than their surroundings.

If you have a large piece of artwork hanging over the fireplace, picture lights can help bring it out and draw people’s eyes towards it. Layering textures – from natural stone and wood textures to velvet’s soft touch – is another effective way of adding interest and stimulating our emotional response to design elements.


Furniture pieces can serve as focal points in various spaces. A bed in the bedroom, a tub in the bathroom or home office desk in the living room may all serve as focal points when placed strategically within their respective environments.

Every room contains an area that serves as its natural focal point, which can be further highlighted with decorative accents such as vibrant wall colors or unique lighting fixtures, or collections of vases or sculptures.

When there are no existing features to emphasize, designers need to get creative. One approach would be creating an accent wall using bold wallpaper with striking colors or patterns; display shelves could also help draw the eye to highlight key focal points.