Your kitchen’s focal point is any area or design feature that draws the eye and commands attention. How you decorate it is a clear representation of your home’s character and your personal style. Make the space extra warm and inviting with these kitchen design ideas and tips on creating a captivating focal point.
How To Find and Design Your Kitchen’s Focal Point
Here are some tips to elevate your kitchen’s styling with a well-appointed focal point. Choose the best one for your space or mix and match some ideas to create a unique design.
Find and Build on Points of Interest
Many kitchens already have a natural focal point. Survey your existing kitchen from the entryway. What area or feature attracts the most attention, or what spot do you feel has the potential to stand out as the focal point? Common kitchen focal points are kitchen islands, range hoods and backsplashes, large windows, or breakfast nooks. Select a spot you’d like to accentuate further.
Consider Contrasting Color and Texture
An eye-catching contrasting color or texture highlights your focal point and adds dimension to your kitchen. For example, a backsplash with an interesting, patterned tile or bold paint adds personality to your space. Kitchen islands or cabinets in a bright but complementary color or an accent wall with exposed brick or patterned wallpaper have the same effect.
Explore Seasonal Foliage and Décor
Kitchen floral arrangements bring a warm and cozy feel to your kitchen. Display a wreath featuring seasonal blooms and thematic accents that reflect the beauty of the outdoors on your range hood or a bank of plain kitchen cabinets. A table runner garland is an easy kitchen island décor idea that instantly makes your space more festive and inviting. A garland can also be used to line windows and doorways. Echo the flowers and foliage in your wreaths and garlands with boxed or potted arrangements on the kitchen counter or by the sink. Swap out your themed vignettes as the seasons change.
Use Mood Lighting
Your light fixtures’ appearance and warm glow can accentuate your kitchen’s focal point. Choose a fixture that best complements the area you’d like to showcase. For example, large drop lights or lamps in a bold color or exciting design highlight your kitchen island. Tabletop lamps, lanterns, decorative candles, and string lights can also guide the eye and draw attention to where you want it.
Play Around With Fun Furniture or Fixtures
Accent chairs, cabinet pulls, range hoods, or pot fillers in unique finishes or colors depending on your focal point are a quick way to inject fresh energy and interest into your kitchen space. Think out of the box when choosing backsplash tile patterns, marble or granite countertop designs, appliance color or finish, or the upholstery of your breakfast nook seats.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here we answer common questions about kitchen focal points.
What’s the Focal Point in the Kitchen?
Your focal point is any architectural or design detail that draws your eye the most when you enter your kitchen. It could be a tile backsplash, accent wall or hearth, kitchen island, range hood, or large windows overlooking a beautiful view.
How Do You Create a Focal Point in a Kitchen?
Design or accessorize the area you want to become your kitchen’s focal point. You can use paint or colored tile to draw attention to the spot or use interesting fixtures and furniture pieces as accents. You can also use seasonal décor like wreaths, garlands, and flower arrangements to accentuate your focal point.
What Makes a Good Kitchen Island?
A good kitchen island marries function and aesthetics. It should be large enough to suit its primary purpose, as an additional prep area or dining space. It should be equipped with electrical sockets and extra storage space and crafted from quality materials that contribute to the overall style of your kitchen.
Follow these kitchen design rules and tips to decorate your focal point, and the heart of your home will be as stylish as ever. Browse Balsam Hill’s selection of seasonal home accents by tapping on the link below.