When planning a room nowadays, it is so instinctual to want to make the focal point in the room something like a fireplace or a television. Stop right now! While this may work some of the time and may be the only option in some instances, it is time to find the real focal point. The real focal point is nature. Anything we humans do cannot match the beauty of nature. Interiors cluttered with accessories and loads of pattern or bright colors keep the focus inside and on the objects within. If you don’t have a nice view outside of your window, this can be great and work well. If you are fortunate enough to live somewhere with beautiful surroundings (trees, water, desert, etc.), then take advantage of it. Keep accessories to a minimum and maintain a soft color palette to ensure the emphasis remains on your beautiful surroundings and you will have created an interior that works harmoniously with the exterior.