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.


Living Room Space: Top Tips

Living Room Space: Top Tips

This is our first weekend in our new home. I just love it! There’s certainly no room that I don’t like, far from it. If I had to choose though I’d my living room space is the place I adore the more. A living room area is a place in the house where you are likely to spend the most time as a family. We want this area to be the best it can be. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your living room space that we’d either already adopted ourselves or plan to.

Let In Natural Light

When natural light shines through a room that you’re in, you’ll probably notice that feeling of happiness that washes over you. That’s because sunlight is a mood booster and you should take advantage of any natural light that hits your space. Don’t block it out with heavy curtains or blinds, instead try and leave that source of natural light clear. If you are going to hang curtain or blinds though, go for a lighter material such as linen which is thinner. Our living room space features a big bay window we are fortunate to have plenty of light.

Incorporate Some Nature

Nature, like natural light, is also a mood booster. More and more households are now trying to incorporate nature into their home, and the living room is an ideal space to do so. Think of big leafy plants in standing plant holders or a terrarium taking centre stage on your coffee table. Plants help clean the atmosphere around you and can, therefore, make you feel healthier in general. You might want to do a little bit of research into what plants work best for each space. My fab friend Gemma from My Little Graphics Co is a step ahead with this one and has already bought me a fun aloe vera plant. I’ll definitely be getting more plants!

Have Plenty Of Seating in Your Living Room Space

This one is a work in progress for us. A lack of seating is not going to help when you have guests around, so it’s important to make sure there’s plenty of seating available. Make sure that all the seating you have sits level with the sofas by, rather than having high stools or very low seating like a beanie bag. The living room space is an area where a lot of memories are made and a lot of socialising also happens, so you want to make sure everyone is comfortable. We need bean bag chairs or a small sofa for the boys to use in T’s room, a new stool for under my desk/dressing table and more chairs for our dungeons and dragons get-togethers.

Add In Soft Furnishings

Soft furnishings are essential to a living room space because they add a new level of comfort. Try to find cushions and throws that match the colour scheme you have on your walls and on the big pieces of furniture. If you keep the big furniture neutral, then you can add pops of colour through your soft furnishings and can, therefore, swap colours in and out when they go out of trend or when you just want to change the decor. A rug on wooden flooring is also great for adding a bit more warmth to the room. Put it under the coffee table to help draw the eyes down. My lovely living room space definitely needs a rug, a coffee table, side table and a few more soft furnishing touches.

Give your living space the attention it needs, so it becomes a favourite space for you and your family.