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:

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.