Basic Design Principles: Creating a Focal Point

Basic Design Principles: Creating a Focal Point

A room’s focal point draws you into the space, makes it feel welcoming, and invites you to enter further. It is a basic design principle. But how do you create one if your space is empty? We have some tips for you.

  1. Look to Your Walls

While it’s possible to create an eye-catching focal point in an entirely empty room, oftentimes, the best way to create a focal point is to look to your walls. Decorating around the walls of a room can be a lot less daunting than decorating the centre of a room or even the empty floor space.

When decorating your walls, you have a few options. You can try one large wall-art piece that dominates the room, such as a large painting or a big piece of wall-mounted art.

Using smaller wall decor throughout the room can be a stunning focal point, especially if you use a variety of different pieces. This is a great way to incorporate a lot of smaller decorative items throughout your room without feeling overwhelmed.

  1. Use Texture to Make a Statement

One of the best ways to create a focal point in an entirely empty room is to use texture to draw the eye. Try using bold wallpaper to create an eye-catching focal point on one wall. Wallpaper can be a great way to create a focal point in an otherwise empty room when paired with simple accessories and furniture.

  1. Add a Large Piece of Furniture

If you have a large empty room and you want some furniture to make it feel more welcoming, consider adding a large piece of furniture like a sofa. This is an excellent strategy for living rooms, family rooms, open kitchens or large dining rooms.

A large piece of furniture can add a lot to an otherwise empty room, but be aware that too much large furniture can make the room feel smaller and more crowded. The key to using a large piece of furniture to create a focal point is to make sure that it doesn’t overtake the rest of the space. Use a neutral colour scheme, a simple design and a good dose of texture to keep the focus on the large piece of furniture, not the room itself.

  1. Play with Scale

If you’re looking for a creative way to create a focal point, think about scale. Contrasting large and small pieces can be a stunning way to create a focal point.

For example, if you’ve got a small living room, try adding a large console or coffee table. If there’s a nook in the space, try adding a bright little kitchen table. 

The key here is to make sure that both pieces are well-designed and well-made. A large table with a sliver of space underneath, for example, won’t create a focal point on its own.

  1. Create a Vignette

Vignettes are an excellent way to create a focal point in an otherwise empty room. Vignettes can be striking and beautiful and are extremely easy to create. A vignette can be a single decorative item such as a bust, a large piece of art or a vase, or it can be a group of decor items in a very small space. 


Creating a focal point in an empty room can be tricky, but that’s not to say it’s impossible. A well-placed focal point can make a room feel more welcoming, so don’t feel like you’re limited to decorating around the walls. If you’re looking to add a focal point to an empty room, look to scale, texture and play with the elements of your room.

To establish a focal point in your living room or any part of the house, you need a couple of art pieces that will captivate everyone who steps into the room. RUGGLI is here to give you the most gripping modern art prints that are perfect for your home. We bring you bold pieces of wall art that can liven up your living quarters and make it the centre of attention. If you're looking for bold modern art prints in Melbourne, check out RUGGLI's collection.