How to Use Line
The best way to use line in a space is to pick one that aligns with the feeling you’re trying to convey in the room and make that the main type in the room. Then, mix in some of the other types of line for visual interest.
You don’t want to have too much of any one type of line because then you will run into the problem of the space becoming dull, as in the case of too many vertical and horizontal lines, or the room becoming overwhelming if there are too many angular or curved lines.
An Example from my House!
I want to show you how I have incorporated line into one of the rooms of my own house. This is my daughter’s nursery. I ran a 7-inch-ish thick stripe of moss green paint (which I got out of the oops paint at Home Depot for $3, score!!) around the room at about eye level. I think this adds a fun, graphic element that’s still got a relaxing feel appropriate for a nursery. The stripe also adds visual interest to a gray room that could have been a little bit drab otherwise.
This horizontal line is mirrored in the profile of the dresser and of the crib. To offset the horizontal lines, I used bright orange curtains to create a vertical line. This vertical line is echoed in the doors, and in a taller dresser in the room. There are varying curved lines in the acrylic pour art that I made for the room.
The result of the mixtures of line in this room is a fun space with an overall calm and relaxing vibe. I absolutely love hanging out in this room with my girl.
Go Forth and Experiment with Line!
Line is often something that we don’t think much about. Oftentimes it is an element that is built into the space through architectural features, and we don’t worry much about it past that. However, if you pay attention to line, you can actually create some pretty interesting effects. So the next time you’re looking at one of your spaces, think about how to make line work for you!
For more practical and affordable ways to use the Elements and Principles of Design to make your house a home, check out my post on Choosing Paint Colors that Sing and stay tuned for more of the series to come!