A focal point helps pull a design together and gives the eye something to focus on. While all the elements are essential to the overall look, the focal point makes a statement and captures the attention of everyone who enters a room. Focal point lighting is an eye-catching element that balances the design and is something every room needs.
While all the lighting adds to the ambiance of a room, focal point lighting fixtures take center stage. Whether the style is simple and modern or dramatic and elegant, a beautiful chandelier or pendant light will elevate the room’s lighting design.
Pendants – Available in various styles, pendant lights and pendant lighting work wonderfully in dining rooms. Make a statement with multi-light pendants that hang at different lengths.
Chandeliers– Whether minimalist or dripping with crystals, nothing says drama quite like elegant chandeliers. A minimalist chandelier can bring a contemporary feel to the living room or dining room. Whether paired with vintage furniture or adding glam to an eclectic space, this type of lighting will keep guests talking.
Statement Lights – Non-traditional lighting designs are very on-trend. Avant-garde statement lighting is an automatic conversation starter in any room.
Keep in mind that size is the secret to using lighting as a focal point. A larger light captures the attention faster than a small one and adds dramatic flair to the room. Making sure the lighting levels are balanced will complement the focal point instead of overpowering it.
How to Create a Focal Point in Your Living Room
The living room focal point generally faces the main “entrance” of the space. However, while an area’s focal point may influence furniture placement, the seating arrangement doesn’t have to face it. Lighting can be used to enhance or bring attention to specific features in an area.
Some living rooms can have more than one focal point. However, in these instances, the focal point elements work together to blend into a cohesive look.
Piemonte 32 Inch 8 Light Chandelier by Corbett Lighting
The fireplace is a natural focal point in the living room, especially when lit. During the day, however, it often recedes into the background. The Piemonte 32 Inch 8 Light Chandelier by Corbett Lighting then takes center stage. This is a perfect example of how gorgeous lighting works as a design element during the day while offering warm illumination in the evenings. It also demonstrates how focal points fluctuate depending on the lighting, time of day, and even the occupants.
Aerin Jacqueline 32 Inch 12 Light Chandelier by Visual Comfort and Co.
This living room features stunning artwork, a fireplace, and the eye-catching Aerin Jacqueline 32 Inch 12 Light Chandelier by Visual Comfort and Co., elements that work together to create a cohesive look and feel. The chandelier draws the eye in and up so that the three elements become a unified focal point.
How to Create a Focal Point in Your Dining Room
The focal point of a dining room is usually established by centering the dining room table in the space. Centering gorgeous, eye-popping lighting over the dining table will enhance the intimate feeling and confirm the room’s focal point. This infuses the area with an inviting ambiance that elevates gatherings of family and friends.
Sean Lavin Nyra 60 Inch 3 Light LED Linear Suspension Light by Tech Lighting
The beautiful layered waves of LED panels in the Sean Lavin Nyra 60 Inch 3 Light LED Linear Suspension Light by Tech Lighting truly reflect the essence of modern lighting. This statement suspension light brings subtle elegance and becomes a focal point over the dining room table. It brings attention to the colorful artwork without overtly competing for attention.
Aalto 53 Inch 12 Light LED Linear Suspension Light by Hammerton Studio
Sputnik-like design is taken to the next level in the Aalto 53 Inch 12 Light LED Linear Suspension Light by Hammerton Studio. The intriguing geometric glass shades reference both industrial and classical design. This chic suspension light complements the modern dining room furniture while bringing a touch of sparkle into the space.
Gem 35 Inch 12 Light LED Multi Light Pendant by Hammerton Studio
Simple yet elegant, the Gem 35 Inch 12 Light LED Multi Light Pendant by Hammerton Studio serves as jewelry for the home. Sparkling LED-lit gems of hand-blown glass create an element of surprise in this minimalist dining room.
How to Create Focal Point Lighting on a Wall
Many homeowners add art to their décor to show off their taste and flair. Using picture and art display lighting to create a focal point and highlight architectural features is a great way to unify a room’s design.
Aerin Sommerard 50 Inch 3 Light Chandelier and E. F. Chapman Cabinet Maker 24 Inch Picture and Display Light by Visual Comfort and Co.
A unique blend of functionality and style, the Aerin Sommerard 50 Inch 3 Light Chandelier by Visual Comfort and Co. has a sleek minimalist body and adjustable arms that can aim light wherever it is needed. The light funnels down from each artisan-cut metal shade, offering plenty of illumination in this workspace. The E. F. Chapman Cabinet Maker 24 Inch Picture and Display Light by Visual Comfort, and Co. make the artwork a focal point, adding a streamlined look.