Principles of Design - Line

In this blog, I’ll briefly cover the impact ‘line’ has on in the interior environment, specific to the feelings they can evoke, movement they can express and focus they can draw.

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Every interior will use a combination of line types to achieve balance. For example, in this design you can see dynamic, diagonal lines in the floor tiles, contrasted with irregular curved lines that form the balustrade. These curved lines soften the sharp angles and corners in the floor and as they move in a spiralling manner they guide your eyes towards the landing at the bottom of the stairs. The diagonal lines not only provide interest, they manipulate the eye into thinking there is movement and activity (the same idea applies to the herringbone floors in photograph 3). Consistency in line thickness and colour tie these opposing elements together. 

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Here’s another example in which the designer has effectively employed a combination of line types. Strong, vertical lines have been applied to the ceiling, providing a clearly defined path down the hallway. Curved lines have been applied to structural elements like walls to provide a unique floor plan and to smooth the transition between areas. As the curves become more dramatic, the hallway widens, providing opportunities and space for interaction. Harmony has been maintained through the monochromatic colour palette.

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More specific to the style we employ at Gatti Design, we tend to see less organic lines and more straight lines. In this entryway, vertical and horizontal lines are found in the skirting boards, mouldings, chair rail, balustrade and on the ceiling. These finer details express a formal aesthetic, more common in traditional architecture. Evidently here, the horizontal lines on the chair rail provide this smooth transition between areas, and as it continues all the way down to the door at the end of the hallway, so does your focus.

I could go on and on about the impact of line but there is more work to do and more elements to cover! I hope this blog gave you some worthy insight on how designers employ line in the design. In the mean time, take a look at these other designs. What lines can you identify? Do they serve a purpose other than simply aesthetic? What feelings feelings do they evoke? 

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