Focal points in homes are sometimes very obvious and easy to address. Usually in a home, there is a designated area that is already established, such as a fire place with a place for a television over head. This is especially noticeable in newer construction. However, older homes may not necessarily have an obvious place for a focal point.
When a room lacks a specific focal point, it often feels disconcerting. The homeowner may have the television set and fireplace located in opposing corners, or there may be a window that throws off the center of the room leaving the room feeling off balance. If a room is off balance, the focal point will be that much more difficult to ascertain. Here's some things you can try to bring into view the focal point and create balance.
First things first, determine if your room is off balance. Are the walls of similar size? Always remember in most cases large walls accommodate large items, whereas smaller walls do well with smaller furniture/wall coverings etc. Are windows centered on walls? Is the décor properly balanced on each wall with similar items? Accessories do well when they are balanced with eachother. Vignettes are pleasing when arranged in 3's and 5's.
Is your furniture placed in a balanced arrangement?.Avoid placing furniture on the diagonal if the room is not large enough. Ideally furniture should related to each other in a conversational triangle. In larger rooms it can be a u shape configuration or even a squared configuration. Many designers were offering this design idea at one time, and many homeowners jumped on the trend to place their rooms on the diagonal as well. However, what designers failed to do was specify in any detail about when it is not a good idea to do this. It is not a good idea in all cases to do this when a room has a designated focal point well established, and it is not a good idea to do this in a room that is simply not large enough to accommodate easy navigation around the room.
Are windows centered on the wall they are located? If not, you can sometimes correct this providing an illusion of an additional window. This can be done by extending your drape rods and adding another panel to “create the look of a second or third window.
Is the fireplace off center in the room? If so this calls for downplaying it as a focal point and reestablish a new focal point. Downplay the importance of the fireplace by painting it a neutral color in the room, and give the new focal point a stronger presence by using a bold color. If your new focal point is going to be your television, be sure to make it a strong focal point by possibly placing it in a large cabinet with ideally darker wood. Visually, dark woods and colors stand out in a room and dominate the space. This is what I refer to as visually heavy pieces.