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At 103" tall, the Napa grand wall, by Aspenhome Furniture, is ideal for a living room with high ceilings... and meets all the criteria of the perfect focal point.

A living room’s focal point can be more than just pretty to look at. It also gives a room  purpose and guides furniture placement!

Unless your living room design has an obvious focal point (a large fireplace, unusual windows), you’ll need to create one. How? Select an object that promotes the room’s main activity. A handsome cabinet makes TV-watching easier, a unique area rug under a sofa and chairs invite together.

According to interior designers, the perfect focal point in a room should meet eight criteria…

#1. Nice to look at!  Being the center of attention, a room’s focal point needs good design and detail. If choosing furniture as a focal point, here’s a tip. The Ancient Greeks insisted that the most beautiful objects had a ratio (between top and bottom sections) of about 2/3 : 1/3. Given how important a focal point is, it helps if it meets classical standards!

#2. Well lit. Recessed lighting within the focal point, or accent lighting on the focal point adds art gallery-like drama.

#3. Personal. Adding books, picture frames or  favorite objects above or inside a focal point makes it unique. Adjustable shelves in a cabinet are ideal for customizing your own display.

#4. Useful. A focal point with a purpose does double duty! A fireplace adds warmth. Furniture with drawers adds storage. Cabinets with glass doors keeps media components dust-free and the remote control working!

#5. Without a bad side!  There can’t be any unfinished sides on furniture thats also a focal point. If a tall piece of furniture is visible from a balcony, the top must look as good as the front!

#6. Next to seating. Whether a fireplace, window or TV wall, focal points should draw us like a magnet, making a convenient, comfortable place to perch nearby… whether a chair or full seating area.

#7. Scaled for the room.  A focal point needs to be right-sized for the room! In a large living room with high ceilings, a tall piece of furniture will look more proportionate. In a small room or one with low-ceilings, a low, wide unit will look more proprotionate… and make the ceilings look higher!

#8. Unlike the wall behind it. Focal points that contrast the color or texture of the wall behind it stand out. Objects with sculptural, or three-dimensional qualities add extra drama.

In most living  and family rooms, watching TV is the main activity! A  grand cabinet, like the Napa grand wall (above) houses a large TV without making the TV itself the focus of the room.


Here’s a trick to make your bedroom look professionally-designed: Coordinate the colors of your bedroom’s linens (comforter, pillows, sheets) with the colors of your bedroom’s wall art… and place them so they’re seen together.

A few examples! Below, the wall art complements the color (and patterns) found in the bedding and the bed itself. With such neutral-colored (black and white) bedding and artwork, an unrelated (blue) colored walls is a good choice.

Another example! The wall is painted the same color as  the quilt at the end of the bed. But again, notice how the colors in the wall art pick up the colors in the patterned comforter and pillows.

A small detail with a big impact!

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