Part 3 – LINE
Now that you have a fresh perspective on space, let’s discuss line. In home design the concept of line is very important because it accomplishes a great deal. For instance, it can provide a sense of order if it’s linear and consistent. It can also create an enormous sense of activity if it zigs and zags without rhyme or reason. Basically, line always denotes movement. So it’s a really helpful idea to understand when you want to guide guest’s eyes around the room. Conversely, it also serves well when you want to create separation or a boundary.
So what does all of that really mean? Imagine an image of four frames hanging in a row. They are an example of what is called an implied line. There isn’t actually a visible line, but the human eye naturally reads from one end of something the other. If you were looking at these pictures, you’d look first at the image on left , and then your eye would travel to the right and stop to look at each image before moving on to the next. In effect, you just visually followed a line.
Another instance in which line is very effective is with the use of primarily horizontal lines. These simple, straight lines are easy for the mind to absorb. They are often calm and relaxing as well. They are very appealing to the left side of the brain and encourage linear thinking. The result can be a room that feels organized and practical, making it a great place to clear your mind.
For example, it would serve well in a meditation room. But, it’s also a perfect place to encourage your mind to focus and work. What better place for that than a home office? In the example above, even the light fixtures include a horizontal line – an implied one as previously mentioned. Straight simple lines are most popular in what is considered modern décor. If you’re a minimalist, these are your kind of lines.
Now that you have an idea of how line works in a room, explore the options. Vertical lines, curvilinear lines, and so forth!
Next read Part 4 – Form
Don’t forget go back and read Parts 1 & 2 as well!