A few years ago, a very talented artist friend of mine painted this little Kingfisher for me (pictured here). I was not only surprised, but thrilled to be the recipient of one of her original works. This little bird makes quite a statement even though it is diminutive in size, both in real life and in this piece of art. Art does not have to be large to be a focal point. Keeping a decor simple allows for this little blue and orange feathered fellow stand out and to draw you into the room for a closer look. He is the reward. His color and his size beckons you for a closer look.
My point is that small can be just as impactful as large. It is just as important to not to over stimulate the eye; a small piece can command your attention even from a distance. When you have something small, and you want it to become your focal point, simplicity is the key.
Consider the artwork over the sofa pictured here. The art sits within a large frame that was painted a complimentary color to coordinate with the art. It is an unconventional way to display a piece, but I think it makes quite an impact all by itself.
The frame began as an ornate gilded piece, that I found along the side of the road. I painted it the same color as the walls and had it over my sofa with the little kingfisher resting in a corner; because the texture of the ornate frame was down played by the matching wall color, the little kingfisher took the stage with its bright colors. Now the again repainted frame gets at least second billing as it stands out against the wall but blends with the art it houses, making for a very pleasing composition.
Keep in mind what you want to highlight. Small vignettes will keep the eye moving about the room; each individual setting can be its own focal point. Having a common thread of color or subject will help you achieve a cohesive look, while each display can speak for itself.
I am certain that in the coming months that the Christmas holiday will take over this mantle, and the little kingfisher will go to rest for a month, but he will reappear to watch over us.