Continuing from colour - one of the next things I explore with my students is Line and how it will effect the look and feel of an interior;
• Horizontal Lines: Weighty, secure, restful, stabilizing.
Horizontal lines suggest a solid, harmonious relationship with the Earth; this gives a stabilizing, peaceful harmonious effect to window treatments for example. When found in a connecting architectural detail such as mouldings, horizontal lines provide a smooth transition between rooms or areas. If they lead to a focal point, they help to emphasize it.
Too many horizontal lines in an interior may become boring and lack visual interest. Horizontal lines make a room appear wider or longer.
• Vertical Lines: Lofty, solid, formal, imposing, restrained.
Vertical lines lift the eye upward and make windows, and sometimes, entire interiors, appear taller or higher. They have the ability to lift the mind and the spirit as well. As such, vertical lines are purposeful tools for architects and designers of churches and public buildings because they inspire awe and tend to diminish the significance of human scale. Vertical lines convey a feeling of strength and dignity and are quite appropriate in formal dining rooms, entryways and formal living areas, as well as offices and public meeting and performing spaces. However, this formality can bring stiffness or a commanding feeling to the interior. Too many vertical lines can cause a feeling of uneasiness and too much confinement.
I have been teaching interior design now for 5 years.
Recently I have been revisiting some of my lesson plans, while at the same time developing a learning portal for my students to access while studying (Learning the Basics - Interior Design) and I decided it might be interesting to share, over the next few posts, some of the ‘lessons’ here – one of the first things my students learn about is colour:
The Monochromatic Schema:
The monochromatic colour scheme uses variations in lightness and saturation of a single colour. This scheme looks clean and elegant. Monochromatic colours go well together, producing a soothing effect. The monochromatic scheme is very easy on the eyes, especially with blue or green hues. You can use it to establish an overall mood. The primary colour can be integrated with neutral colours such as black, white, or grey. However, it can be difficult, when using this scheme, to highlight the most important elements.
The Harmonious Schema:
The harmonious colour scheme uses colours that are adjacent to each other on the colour wheel. One colour is used as a dominant colour while others are used to enrich the scheme. The harmonious scheme is similar to the monochromatic one, but offers more nuances.
The Complementary Schema:
The complementary colour scheme is made of two colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel. This scheme looks best when you put a warm colour against a cool colour, for example, red versus green-blue. The complementary scheme is intrinsically high-contrast. When using the complementary scheme, it is important to choose a dominant colour and use its complementary colour for accents