5 Ideas for Creating Focal Points in Your Kitchen

Posted by Ben Thompson on 08.16.22

Who doesn’t dream of updating their kitchen one day? Getting rid of old cabinets, replacing the flooring, swapping dated appliances for shiny new ones, adding some unique pendant lights above the island. There are so many aspects to designing a beautiful and functional kitchen remodel, but today we are going to focus on creating focal points within your design.

A focal point is a visual point of interest that is created by a specific design element. The object is intended to draw your eye and stand out amongst the other materials and details within a space, as well as to create an anchor for the rest of the aesthetics used in the overall design.  There are many ways to create beautiful focal points in your kitchen and we’ve pulled together 5 examples from recent remodels we’ve completed.

1. Backsplash

IMG_2935The star of this Mission Style kitchen remodel is the Pewabic Tile backsplash. 

Pewabic tile is handcrafted stoneware clay tile that is made in Detroit with a history dating back to 1903. Our clients fell in love with this tile years ago and used it on the landing of their staircase and wanted to incorporate it into the kitchen design. 

See more of this project here.

2. Lighting


An industrial style chandelier draws the eye up and compliments the stainless appliances in this kitchen featuring natural hickory cabinetry.  It also echoes wrought iron details found in other areas of the home. See more of this project here.

3. Range hood. 

IMG_9194This traditional style kitchen remodel features clean lines with two-tone cabinetry. A ceiling mounted range hood creates a center focal point in the kitchen and brings your attention to the expansive island.  See more of this project here. 

4. Island

Thompson-remodeling-modern-kitchen32Look at the details of this kitchen and you will see the Japanese and Frank Lloyd Wright influences throughout. A waterfall edge island draws your eye in and the flat panel cabinets punctuate the modern design aesthetic. See more of this project here.

5. Sink

Thompson-Remodeling-Modern-Farmhouse-Kitchen2-4A white farmhouse sink is flanked by floating shelves with white painted wrought iron brackets in this modern farmhouse kitchen. See more of this project here. 

Interested in finding more inspiration for your kitchen remodel? Visit our kitchen gallery.


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