The Line Theory of Interior Design
One of the very first principals of interior design come in the form of line theory – if you know how to properly incorporate that into your design, then you can apply the other five; balance, rhythm, harmony, color and proportions. The linear proportion of any interior setting needs to be perfectly balanced out in order for the design to work. You may never notice it, but any space, when undergoes the process of refurbishment or even creation, is set out initially in the perfect structure of vertical and horizontal lining. What you do additionally tends to determine the visual impact of the space. These lines are incorporated into the design in the form of false ceiling, shelves, photo frames, furniture and other objects that articulate a good interior concept into design. When this translation is done articulately, the end product is us uniquely ideal and aesthetically pleasing. Let us take a look at a few different subsets of the linear articulation in various interior design.
A balance between vertical and horizontal
Most people unknowingly go for both horizontal and vertical lines. When this happens you need to instinctively know how much becomes a little bit too much. You cannot crossover these two dimensions and not have an accurate balance of proportions. The image below depicts perfect harmony between these two tinctures – even though both of them are adequately bold, there is a line, a certain subtlety that is keeping this interior artfully restrained. The see-saw of fixtures and embellishments hangs in harmony, creating a space that is chic and sophisticated.
Vertical lines are instinctually bold in interiors. Since their plane works in the y-axis, they are always visible and more often than not, even boldly so. Each time you use verticality to achieve a certain aesthetic, you have to be sure to balance it out with a subtle doze of horizontal markings, so as not to make the space overwhelmingly daring. In the setting below, the verticality of the cabinets is carefully camouflaged by the subtle breaking of the upper mesh into small blocks. It breaks the monotony of the y-axis and retains a certain industrialist charm.
More often than not, the x-axis is home ground. It means that the horizontal axis is much more visually embraced than the y-axis. While verticality depicts a certain out of reach mentality, horizontal ground is our solid surface. When we incorporate this phenomenon in interiors, we get a more visually appealing and well embraced interior space that seems balanced.
3 dimensional linearity
This kind of linearity is achieved by the appropriate use of fixtures – be it furniture or lighting. The space below is reinforced by vertical linearity because the use of drop lights create the illusion of the y0axis and the surroundings reinforce it. It is not a bad combination if you manage to do it right.