Applied Design: Using Furniture to Create Focal Points

Just a short and sweet post today about one of my favorite details in the Room of the Week.  Sometimes, especially in a multifunctional room like this, you might have multiple focal points. For example…


  1. The large cabinets on either side of the room serve as focal points because of their large size and contrasting color (to the white walls).
  2. The dining table and coffee table ALSO serve as focal points and tie their respective spaces together.

Even though there are multiple focal points they don’t really compete with each other…they work together to make the room feel cohesive.  And, because they are all wood they create a rhythm that moves your eye through the room.

So, how does this help you in your home? Here are a few tips for using furniture as focal points.

  • Create a focal point around your largest piece of furniture..there’s (almost) no getting around it
  • Look for ways to blend that focal point in your room using similar colors or textures (like similar wood tones)
  • Make your furniture focal point extra special by styling it with pretty decor

I’m back tomorrow (unless it rains today) with pictures of my little backyard garden…it’s coming along nicely!

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