Every room needs a focal point to draw the eye and distract it from the vomit stain on the sofa. To identify your room’s focal point, look around. What’s the biggest feature? It might be a fireplace, a picture window, or Dad lying in the recliner. There’s your focal point.
Or see if the room holds something that’s interesting to look at (an ant farm), texturally appealing (antique barbed-wire fence), highly colorful (sunburned family members), or unexpected (a toilet in the music room).
Some homeowners with cultural pretensions will purchase a grand piano and plunk it down in the middle of the living room. However, when guests ask “Who’s the piano player in your family?” and the hosts sheepishly answer “Nobody,” their focal-point bluff has been called. It’s much better to set out a tuba or an accordion as your focal point. Rest assured, no guests will ask to hear a musical number.
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