Every good room design needs a focal point. You want people to enter a room and grab their attention with a show stopper.
One of the best focal points is a fireplace. You are lucky if your space comes with one but now days it is super easy to add one that is electric in nature. Fireplaces immediately grab folks attention and then often create a cozy feeling. A fireplace is welcoming and a great object to play up. It is the ideal show stopper.
The quickest show stopper to create is art. It only takes mere minutes to hang a fabulous piece or art. In my opinion the bigger the better when it comes to art as the focal point. As seen in the photo above, the canvas is very large and it pulls the room together while drawing your eyes in. Art can also be one of the most reasonable focal points if it is not an original.
So when you look at the next space you want to tackle, figure out what your focal point will be and then go from there.