How to Use Paint To Create Focal Points in Your Home

When you walk into any room, your eye is naturally drawn to certain areas. This could be because of the color, brightness, or size of an object in the space. In a residential home, these can be the fireplace, the staircase, or a large window. These are called focal points which direct your attention to the important elements in a room. With strategic use of paint, you can create focal points to add interest and make a space more inviting.


Why create focal points in your space?

Whether it's deliberate or not, most rooms naturally have focal points. Designers use focal points to make a statement or tell a story on their designs. And we make sure it makes a good first impression! Here are other reasons to create focal points: 

  • Draw attention to specific areas.
  • Your grey walls are starting to get boring. Focal points create interest in a room by breaking up the monotony of a single color scheme.
  • Highlight architectural features in your home. You can feature hallway, trims, doors and ceiling, and add character with color.


There are many methods to creating focal points: art, furniture arrangement, lighting to name a few. Below are a few of my favorite ideas using paint. 


Paint the front door a stunning hue

The front door is the first thing guests see when they come to your house, so if you want it to make a good impression you can paint it a striking hue. A bright color will add instant curb appeal and make your door stand out from the rest on the block. Red is a popular choice, and black is bold and regal, but you can really choose any color you like. Just make sure it coordinates with the rest of your house.

Painted doors
Painted doors can be intriguing.

Painted Ceiling 

No longer is the ceiling relegated to being a forgotten fifth wall. Increasingly, people are using paint and wallpaper to bring color and pattern to this often-ignored surface. It's a perfect way to add an element of surprise to a room.

Green is one of my favorite colors for the ceiling. A tint of green on ceilings can make a room feel bright and airy, while a darker shade will create a sense of warmth and comfort. It is always stunning, never boring, to have color like this on the ceiling.

Here's an article on statement ceiling from Real Simple.


Green Ceiling
Source: Real Simple 

Painted Cabinetry

Painting cabinets in your kitchen is great way to give the space a new look without having to do a complete renovation. And if you're feeling bold, why not go for a color other than the traditional white or wood grain? 

A fresh coat of paint can brighten up a space and make it feel new again. If you're renovating the kitchen, there's a wide variety of color options to choose from but make sure to coordinate with the countertops and hardware. Blue cabinets are popular, and they can add a touch of elegance. Another popular idea is to have a two tones like blue in the base or island and wood color on the upper cabinets.


Source: Instagram@thecheerfulhome


Black bathroom sink

A bold black cabinet with hardware to match looks amazing.

Essex Designs

Designer Tip:

Doing a test run, of the paint, before you commit is always a good idea. Most major paint companies offer some kind of color visualizer on their website, which are a helpful tool in making your decision. Simply upload a photo of the room you're planning to paint, and then experiment with different colors to see what looks best. You can also save and share your favorite options with family and friends before making a final decision.

Take advantage of this valuable resource when choosing your next paint color—it may just save you from making a costly mistake. One that I use is Benjamin Moore's Color Viewer.

Do you have any of these wonderful painted focal points? Let me know in the comments below!




Green ceiling! That’s new to me. Not that I don’t like it but I’m thinking if it will work with small spaces.


cool colorful ideas!! love how that painted ceiling makes such a wonderful impact!

Victoria Juster

Great ideas, Gwendolyn. My walls are all white but I just might be brave enough to start with a small accent wall.


Julie, painted ceilings are just a fun feature. One project at a time, right?


Glad you liked it Laurie.

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