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Lines are one of the most essential elements of design. Why? They are the starting place and provide a layout for the designer’s artistic dream. Lines create a sense of direction and order, especially if it is consistent. So, what are the different types of lines in interior design? Let’s take a look!
Horizontal lines suggest harmony and give you a stabilizing effect. When horizontal lines are used architectural designs such as moldings, they can provide a smooth room-to-room transition. They can also make a space appear to wider and larger. However, too many horizontal lines can be monotonous and lack visual interest.
Vertical lines cause the eye to drift upward. Therefore, windows and sometimes the whole room can appear to be much taller. Architects and designers utilize vertical lines to evoke a sense of dignity and strength. Vertical lines are best suited for formal living rooms, dining areas, and entryways.
Zigzag lines are lively, and they create rhythm in the interior. They consist of short and diagonal lines that form an irregular pattern. Zigzag lines can stand alone or be incorporated in sets. Angular zigzag lines bring energy to a room while using too many can make the design more agitated.
Curved lines add softness and balance to a room. They can even add a human quality to the interior. A series of curved lines suggest graceful movement or rhythm. Using too many curved lines in a design can seem over-decorative and overpowering.
While too many lines can feel overwhelming, you can use different types of lines within the same design to create an intriguing look. For instance, in the image above, the designer mixed plaid and stripes within the same design for a beautiful finish.
Accents can really add an aesthetic appeal to your home. Typically, an accent color, wall, or material is used in a space to help develop character or enhance a theme. Conventionally, concrete was used in only unfinished parts of the home such as basements and garages. Now, however, it is being appreciated for the character that it can add to a room. Whether polished or rigid, concrete is being incorporated in more and more spaces throughout homes. Here are several ways homeowners have been facilitating this element to give a space a strong, bold accent:
Concrete flooring used to be affiliated with unfinished areas of the home. Now polished concrete flooring is used in many commercial designs to help capture an urban, industrial, or even brutalism design. It does not need to feel unfinished any more but can actually be used for a low-maintenance and extremely durable flooring solution.
Concrete is another great countertop solution. More durable than granite, concrete is perfect to add character to your space. Remember though; if not treated with epoxy or sealant, concrete can absorb liquids and stain.
Some homes are going as far as adding concrete walls into their blueprints to add a great accent wall in some spaces. Capture the feel of an urban oasis by allowing concrete to be added style on your walls. You can even incorporate Contemporary or Modern art and really bring the room full-circle in a clash of different genres finding harmony in one another.
Looking to create an eye-catching accent in your home. Add floating concrete shelves to your space to give your walls a unique accent. These shelving solutions are very heavy, so make sure you mount them well.
Concrete décor has slowly been making its way into design. Accent pieces like candle holders, planters, stools, and end tables can really add brutalism into your atmosphere. Try looking for concretes that complement one another and do not clash.
Rigid and polished can have very distinguished different looks, but can both be used in your design. Whatever you choose, find harmony. Concrete is making a strong statement this year in commercial design and can really spruce up your residential space as well.
One of the dilemmas that apartment renters face is personalizing their space. You want your apartment to feel like home, but without your personal touch, it just feels like a housing situation. Some rooms, like the living room and bedrooms, are large enough to allow you to add some creative flair. However, most leases will limit you on what you can do to your space. With paint and flooring not typically being investments that you can do, you need to begin to think more creatively. Yet, smaller areas, like bathrooms, can be very challenging to add that creative flair. If you want to tailor your space to you, here are three rent-friendly tricks you can add to your space to make it more like home:
Having a matching shower set can be an easy way to give some style to your bathroom. Find a set with matching towels, face clothes, and bathmats for a consistent look. Plus, they can come in all shapes and sizes. A uniformed look in your bathroom can show you care about your space and take pride in it.
To take your bathroom to the next level, find a shower curtain that best expresses you. There are tons of fun designs and great patterns. Just select a shower curtain that helps set the overall theme of your bathroom, whether it be woodland animals or florals, your bathroom curtain to set the tone for the whole space.
In smaller spaces, less is more. Your best route to go is incorporating functional décor pieces. Get matching trash cans, toothbrush holders, and soap dishes to help enhance your design while staying functional. Adding function to your décor can allow them to serve more than just an aesthetic purpose. If you want to go a step further in your apartment, you can even change your outlet covers and drawer handles. Just remember to save the originals and switch them back out before you move.
Do not let a rental property prevent you from expressing yourself. Simple investments can go a long way in the grand scheme of things. What elements do you incorporate in your bathroom? Can you think of other tricks to use? Let us know below in the comment section and for more tips, make sure to subscribe!
Interior design is the balance of functionality and beauty. Experts have discovered that one of the main qualities we look for in aesthetically-pleasing environments is symmetry. However, sometimes, functionality and symmetrical layouts do not always correspond. So, now if you are left with a room that is not perfectly symmetrical, is it even possible to help enhance the aesthetics? The short answer, yes. There are several types of symmetries we can include in our homes. Having a room with a window on one wall or entryway in the corner does not “doom” your space from being beautiful. In fact, it gives you the freedom to express asymmetry throughout the atmosphere. If you are new to designing asymmetrical rooms, here are three ideas to help embrace the space:
A quick way to embrace an asymmetrical room is to eliminate imaginary lines in your head. Investing in a tile, hardwood, or plank flooring system is great; however, consider having it installed on an angle or with a herringbone pattern. This can help eliminate direction in your room. You can also place rugs in the room, not centered. Embrace the room and have a circular rug under half the bed or an area rug on an angle. These flooring hacks may seem simple but can really help enhance these spaces.
Décor and Furniture
Consider using unmatching décor or furniture-this does not mean you need to go full eclectic in your space. However, maybe your room is not designed for two matching nightstands. Perhaps, a bookshelf and an end table may do. Always look at the room and see what it needs. Never force your old space’s look into a new room that will not accept it.
Your lighting does not need to be just one light fixture with two mirror lamps on end tables in a room. Be creative and add rail lighting. You can use accent and task lighting to help give your room a feel of originality.
Many people attempt making a room symmetrical at all costs. Windows being covered by headboards, nightstands too close to doorways or awkward television placement in a room, can all be signs that you may need to rearrange some furniture. Embrace an asymmetrical room look and allow the architectural layout to guide your design.
Carpet tile is an excellent choice for commercial application. Where most carpet fails to keep up with heavy traffic, carpet tile succeeds. Being able to swap out individual tiles in case of stains or wear marks can also save you thousands on replacing the entire floor. While carpet tile is great, it is not for every application. Functionality, affordability, and durability can all be determining factors in your flooring. Here, we break down the pros and cons of carpet tiles to help you decide if they are right for you.
Most commercial flooring options are very durable; however, they do not offer comfort. Carpet tiles can add comfort, aesthetics, and durability to your floors. For more insight and analysis on different flooring types, make sure to subscribe and check out more of our series!