7 Elements of Interior Design Series: Part 2 – Understanding ‘Line’.

In part 2 of this 7-part series exploring the seven elements of interior design, we discuss ‘Line’. Developing a basic understanding of the 7 elements of interior design as a real estate photographer assists you in easily identifying the elements (within an interior or exterior space) in which you can work with to create a more visually striking composition.

Playing with visual lines within a space develops a sense of form and solidity, which is generated by the placement and design of furniture and room structure. Vertical lines should make a room feel longer and horizontal lines will cause a room or space to appear higher.

The vertical lines created by the large gold coloured beams and the wooden slats on the right-hand side of the image accentuate the height of the lobby space.

Certain rooms benefit from the strong presence of vertical lines, including dining rooms, home offices, cellars, and entry rooms. Vertical lines can benefit from being dynamic in natures – such as curved lines, zigzag or diagonal to express movement and generate more interest from the viewer.

The converging lines of this hallway and study nook, create a sense of depth in the image

To achieve the balance between horizontal and vertical lines in a home office without changing the structure of the room, you can utilise a wide desk for horizontal lines, and a tall bookshelf or curtains that touch the ground and are hung higher than the window frame. Adding a floor lamp with curved arm would introduce dynamic vertical lines to this home office space.

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