What Should Be the Focal Point of a Kitchen?

a kitchen with white cabinets

The focal point is the star of the room. It’s where your eyes are first drawn when you enter a space. Sometimes the focal point is built into the architecture or it could be a stunning view out the window. Your kitchen has many options for a focal point—from a stylish backsplash to bold kitchen cabinets. It is truly up to your preference. Here are a few ideas to get you inspired:

A Backsplash that Pops


The perfect backsplash can bring your whole kitchen design together. It can add a bright pop of color to an otherwise monochrome kitchen. A patterned backsplash, like the one pictured above, will draw the eye as well. Different materials provide different effects.

Most backsplashes are made from ceramic or porcelain, but other materials such as natural stone, reclaimed wood, and stainless steel have become more popular over the years. A textured backsplash may be an interesting focal point as well, although they can be harder to clean. You can create an entire accent wall by having the backsplash reach up to the ceiling. There are endless ways to get creative and make it a unique focal point.

Custom Cabinets


An essential part of any kitchen, cabinets can make a great focal point—especially when you don’t have a large space to work with. Custom cabinets and semi-custom cabinets offer more creativity and control of your design. The cabinet style can be traditional, modern, or unique to you. You don’t have to be an expert to design new kitchen cabinets, either!

These days you can get a free quote, 3D model, and custom layout online. Choose your cabinet style and preferences, like premium features, and let them do the hard work. Consider using glass cabinets, open shelving, or other eye-popping accent features in your design to make your kitchen cabinets the focal point.

Stock cabinets and RTA cabinets (ready to assemble) are affordable options and can accomplish the same thing with a little creativity. Simply painting your cabinets is a great idea, for example, and can be accomplished with a quick trip to Home Depot. Don’t feel confined to one color, either. You could paint your base cabinets with an accent color and your wall cabinets with a neutral color, or vice versa. While you’re at Home Depot you can also grab some new handles for your cabinets and drawers for a small touch that has a big impact.

Stunning Countertops


You can make the countertops in your kitchen the focal point in a few different ways. Selecting the right material will help you achieve the look you’re going for. You have your pick of countertop materials to choose from: marble, granite, soapstone, concrete, quartz, ceramic tile, butcher block, and more. Recycled glass, bamboo, and reclaimed wood countertops are beautiful, eco-friendly options. There are so many choices that you are bound to find something for you.

Accent countertops are growing in popularity—especially with kitchen islands, which draws your eye to the center of the room. Bright flecks of color in a recycled glass countertop can pop with white cabinets. Bamboo and butcher block countertops stand out as well. Bio-glass countertops are stunning and make excellent focal points, although they can ding and chip easily. Since they are arguably the most-used surface in the home, balancing style and durability is important.

Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide what the focal point of your kitchen should be. It’s a great way to express your style and create the right feel. Whether it’s custom cabinets or accent countertops, you’re sure to find the perfect focal point for you.