Design 101: Finding the Focal Point of Any Room

The first and most commanding thing you see inside any new room that you enter is also known as the focal point. Finding this point is essential to the design of any new or newly renovated room in your home.

Sometimes, a room’s focal point will organically develop on its own, even without conscious design, like the island in a busy kitchen, or the big flat screen TV in the living room. Whether you’re conscious about it or not, every room has a focal point, something that immediately draws the vision and commands attention.

While it can happen organically, identifying the focal point prior to doing any design work can make the job a lot more streamlined: when you know where the focal point is, it’s easier to make design decisions based on how to frame that point in a way that’s both practical and interesting.

The Bed is Every Bedroom’s Default Focal Point

Every room has a focal point, and for the bedroom, it’s usually the bed itself. It is, after all, the very reason why you have a bedroom in the first place.

There are plenty of ways to draw focal attention to your bed. A good way to start is to strategically place it in a spot that naturally draws the eye, like the center of the room, or right below a window with a nice view of the outside foliage.

You can also enhance how the bed relates to the overall design of the bedroom, like using sheets that either compliment the curtains nearest the bed or in colors that allow the bed to stand out.

If you prefer not placing your bed near any windows, you can try a more commonly used design method: literally framing the bed by flanking it with interesting and/or practical decor such as bedside tables, paintings and/or sculptures, lamps, or even extra storage shelves surrounding the bed.

If you like antiques and are willing to spend some cash, there’s also the option of using a canopy bed: an instant and classic way to create drama and focal interest.

While using the bed as your bedroom’s focal point is a good way to start designing/redesigning the bedroom, it’s more of a suggestion than a strict rule of design. If you feel like something else will work better as the focal point, then go for it.

The Focal Point Can be Anything that Draws Interest

What’s important is that there is an established focal point. The bed is a good choice for the bedroom, but depending on how you want the bedroom to look and feel, it’s not always the best choice.

Choosing the focal point can be a matter of personality, the room’s existing layout, or whatever other interesting objects you have in the room. For instance, if you’re the type to have a vertical herb garden installed in the bedroom, or a workdesk where your laptop and all other essentials are located, any of these can also function well as focal points of design.

Just because one object is the main/biggest appliance or furniture in a room doesn’t mean that it has to be the focal point. And this goes for every room in your home, not just the bedroom.

You can determine alternative focal points depending on what’s most important to you or what’s available to the existing room layout.

For instance, in the bathroom, the toilet seat itself doesn’t necessarily have to be the focal point. It can also be the mirror above the sink, or the lone window in the bathroom (a great source of natural light) – both of which can be framed through art, shelves, or the style and color of the walls.

Windows, especially ones with great views of the outside, have the potential to be great focal points, whether in the bedroom, bathroom, living room, study, or even the kitchen. Again, not everything has to revolve around an appliance or a key piece of furniture.

Apart from windows, other furnishings and objects like the fireplace, a striking piece of art, a trophy case, or a built-in bar in the dining room can all function as the room’s point of visual focus.

Once you know what your focal point is, you can simply design around this point and create a layout that makes sense on both a practical and artistic level.

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