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Whether it’s a piece of art on the wall or a major piece of furniture, every room needs a focal point.

Think about the last room you walked into—what was the first thing you laid eyes on? Nine times out of ten, whatever you’re thinking of right now (a couch, a countertop, etc) is the focal point of that room.

A lot of rooms will have a pretty easily-defined focal point (like a kitchen with a large countertop that can’t be moved) but some other rooms are a bit more flexible in that regard. The living room is one of the biggest examples of this; as anyone with a living room can attest to a lot of things wind up getting moved around until it’s just right.

If you’re thinking about redecorating your living room to create a better focal point, here’s a few things to keep in mind.

 

Make sure it faces the entrance

Whatever your focal point is going to be—and no, it doesn’t actually have to be living room furniture like a couch or chair—make sure it points towards the entrance of the living room itself. This will create a more natural ‘guide’ for your eye and will help anchor everything around it more easily.

 

Consider your architecture

Next, try to look at both the overall shape of your living room as well as any other architectural/design touches you might be bringing in. Consider things like a large picture window, French doors, a fireplace mantel, and so on. These can help guide the rest of the layout of your living room.

 

Create definition

Most modern living rooms tend to be large, flat spaces without a lot of previously-defined areas the same way you might see in a kitchen or dining room. This can work to your advantage—to further accentuate your chosen focal point, use height to draw the eye and create further definition. Taller items like armoires and bookcases are perfect for this, but you can create a similar effect by thinking vertically with accent tables.

 

Go bold

Whatever you decide to use as your focal point, don’t be afraid to accentuate it. After all, the point is to try and catch the eye, right? Surround it with lamps, bold colors, and whatever your most fun home decor is to make sure people gravitate to it when they enter the room.

 

Remember to triangulate

Finally, after settling on a focal point and accessorizing it to your liking, the rest of the furniture should naturally flow around the focal point. Most designers point to the idea of triangulation, as popular theory believes that groupings of three are more harmonious to the senses. Arrange things in a triangle around the focal point (including sofas, tables, recliners, and so on) to improve the flow of your room and create a better look overall.

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