Living Room Focal Point Tips

The living room focal point is designed to draw the eye, to act as the heart of the room from which the rest of the design grows. It’s all about finding that one part of the room that captures the most attention. Here, I’m going to look at some ideas behind excellent focal points for your living room, as well as a couple of mistakes you should avoid. I plan on following my own advice with these tips as we are looking to make the most out of our own living room focal point at the moment, having recently moved.

Use Them To Make The Room Look Bigger

If you’re decorating a small room, then you should use every trick in the book to make it seem a little more spacious. Using a wide mirror, such as above your mantlepiece, is an excellent way to do that. Mirrors are great at reflecting natural light, helping it fill the space much more effectively. You can space wall art on either side of it to help draw the eye towards it, as well.

Don’t Let Your TV Be Your Focal Point

Often, a large TV will be the focal point of a room by default since they tend to stand out and be positioned to draw attention as much as possible. However, this can be a little tacky and undermine the rest of your décor choices. You don’t have to get rid of it but you can hide or disguise your TV, such as by using closets, so it doesn’t demand more attention than it needs. We’ve always made this mistake in the past.

Do Highlight Architectural Features When Possible

Older homes will have the easiest time doing just this. Highlighting architectural features such as fireplaces or cubby holes shows off what’s most unique about your home, adding a sense of time and class to it. If you don’t already have one, inset electric fires can help you create a focal point out of nothing. Few things look more welcoming and warming than a hearth, but you don’t have to deal with all the hassle that comes with having a natural one. I certainly couldn’t be chewed with the clearing out and relaying of an open fire.

Living Room Focal Point Tips: Don’t Clutter Them

You want attention to naturally be drawn to the living room focal point but surrounding it with endless stuff can have quite the opposite effect. Make sure you plan your living room layout to give it enough space and make sure that your furniture isn’t crowding around it too much. It can end up distracting and detracting away from it. 

Use Living Room Focal Points To Cover Up Empty Walls

If you have a large empty wall in the room, it’s going to attract attention for the wrong reason. Big walls can be awkward spaces, but you can just as easily make them a focal point by turning them into a feature wall. Wall art, photo galleries, and the like can add a lot of personality but, if you’re aiming for a more minimalist look, feature wallpaper can give them more character without filling them with tons of stuff. 

A well-placed living room focal point can set the mood for the room, bring attention to the most attractive features, and make a real statement. Hopefully, the tips above give you a better idea of what it should and shouldn’t be. Now I need to find myself a feature wallpaper. Or a mirror.


Creating the Ideal Home Office


One of the biggest benefits of living in the information age is the fact that it is easier than ever to work from anywhere. With cloud-based technology giving easy access to documents, email and shared projects, more people than ever are saying goodbye to the daily commute and hello to the home office.

Working from home gives unprecedented levels of flexibility, particularly if you are a working mother, allowing time to fit the school run and other household chores around your working life.

Perhaps the biggest challenge is to maintain a barrier of sorts between home and work commitments, which will inevitably compete for your attention. Key to getting this right is having a dedicated space where you can enter work mode. Let’s take a look at what makes the perfect home office.

The right location

You will be spending plenty of time in your office, so the first thing to consider is where it will be located. The box room might look ideal at first sight, but not if it means traipsing to the other side of the house every time you need a comfort break or a cup of coffee.

On the other hand, you do not want to be in the corner of the living room if there are too many distractions and other family members constantly coming in and out.

Think about natural light – a windowless corner is no fun, but if you are near a south-facing window, you might want to invest in some full height window shutters to guarantee comfort whatever the weather.

The perfect chair

In some areas, it makes sense to economise, but one area where you should really treat yourself is with a good office chair. No stinting and “borrowing” a spare dining chair; the last thing you need is to end every working day feeling like you have just completed the Tour de France!

There is a huge choice out there, and back pain experts Spine Health have published a useful guide on how to choose the right one.

Keep it cheerful

Definition between home and work is great, but this is still your own space, so it does not need to be corporate grey (use you love corporate grey of course).

Choose a colour scheme that inspires you, whether it is a vibrant primary colour or a soothing pastel shade, and have some nice pictures and accessories around. The advantage of the home office is that it is yours to create, so make it a place where you want to spend time.

A place for everything

For some people, it is easy to create a beautiful home office, only for it to be covered in stacks of paperwork within a matter of days. If organisation is not your strongest point, make it easy for yourself by thinking what sort of system works best for you.

Cube storage can be an attractive alternative to traditional shelving, as any space that you do not need for paperwork and office equipment can be home to pictures, books or knick-knacks.

Enjoy the benefits

There is no doubt that remote workers have the perfect opportunity to find the ideal work-life balance. However, achieving that balance does not happen by itself. Creating the right working space is a huge step towards enjoying the benefits and avoiding the pitfalls that working from home can bring.

What is your must-have office essential or top tip?