My amateur advice regarding the focal point in a room would be "one and done" - it's very distracting when a room has multiple areas that could be a focal point but, because there are many, the room just looks cluttered.
Find out what New York professional stager Janelle Ancillotti says about focal points. She includes a short list of ideas you might find helpful.
Via Janelle Ancillotti (Seneca Home Staging)
Q&A Focal Points: Frequently Asked Questions
Home stagers are always talking about highlighting a home's best features, and creating focal points, but what exactly do they mean? Architectural features such as a fireplace usually come to mind, as do beautiful views from large windows. But sometimes finding a room's focal point is not that easy. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about focal points:
Q: What if my room doesn't have an obvious architectural focal point?
A: Improvise! The furniture arrangement can be the focal point of a room. In a small, square, or non-descript room, for example, two comfortable chairs and a low table arranged in a cozy setting would make a very inviting focal point for an otherwise "boring" room.
Q: Is it necessary for rooms to have a focal point?
A: What sets a home that buyers want apart from the rest is often just a "feeling" that people get from the home. As buyers walk through the home, they are trying it on to see if it fits, and having focal points will help them see how good it looks on.
Q: What if the focal point is the TV?
A: That's fine if the room is primarily used for watching TV. Make sure that it looks good, (no tube TVs or cords showing), and is positioned for comfortable viewing.
Q: What should the focal point of each room be?
A: Although there are no steadfast rules in this regard, the most natural focal points for each specific room might be:
- Living room: Fireplace, large window(s), furniture
- Dining room: Table (especially the centerpiece)
- Kitchen: Island, table
- Bedroom: The bed
- Bathroom: Vanity, large jetted or soaking tub
- Porch/deck/patio: Firepit, seating arrangement, bar
- Garage: Just try to keep it neat--most buyers don't expect to spend much time in the garage!
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