ELEMENTS OF DESIGN PART 1: LINE

Office Interior Design by One Plus Partnership, example of line as one of the elements of design.The application of line in this office designed by One Plus Partnership has a lot of impact. Lines are applied diagonally and vertically to create a very dynamic interior.

    After many years in the business our Interior Designers have completed an array of successful commercial projects here in Kelowna and across Canada. These engaging spaces did not happen by chance. Design has a technical aspect to it referred to as the elements and principals of design, and when combined successfully, evoke emotion from our interactions with the interior environment. In commercial settings, these emotions assist to reinforce your brand and corporate message.

    So, what are the elements and principals of design? We’ll explain it all in this blog series, so check back often. This week we’re talking about line – horizontal, vertical, curving, diagonal; each has an impact on how you perceive space. Lines can also be combined to create shapes and planes, or form – but that’s for another post. Structural elements, applied finishes, even lighting can all be applied to create strong lines within a space.

    Ceasarstone showroom Interior Design by Dann Brunn Architects, example of line as one of the elements of design.Dan Brunn Architecture was successful in accentuating length with the horizontal wall slats and rectangular floor tile in this showroom design for Ceasarstone.

      Horizontal Line
      Lines applied horizontally often evoke feelings of stability, grounding, emphasis and direction. So, although horizontal lines tend create length and lower the ceiling of a space they can also be applied to direct the viewer to a particular focal point.

          Le Theatre Saint-Nazaire designed by K-architectures as seen in the Elements of Design blog post via Hatch Interior DesignThe gold panels applied vertically and upwards onto the ceiling create a strong line that really adds to the feeling of height in Le Theatre Saint-Nazaire designed by K-architectures.

            Vertical Line
            Vertical lines are often associated with strength (think pillar of strength), stability, balance, and elevation. It has been hypothesized that viewing vertical lines is unnatural compared to viewing horizontal lines. Additionally, vertical lines extend away from our visual plane. For these reasons, the length of a line applied vertically is often extended lending to the feeling of height in a space.

                Guu Izakaya Interior Design by Dialogue 38, example of line as one of the elements of design.If the goal was to create a dynamic and fun space, Dialogue 38 hit the nail on the head with this design for Guu Izakaya.

                  Diagonal Line
                  Diagonal lines typically connote a sense of dynamic movement, transformation, and freedom. Diagonal lines can really bring life to a space, direct the eye upwards or downwards, and add volume to a space, making it feel larger than it is. That being said if applied incorrectly, diagonal lines can conjure a sense of confusion and imbalance.

                      Cappellini Commercial Furniture, example of line as one of the elements of design.This undulating seating element designed by Cappellini really creates a playful environment in this interior space.

                        Curved Line
                        Curving lines whether freeform, arcing, circular, or elliptical often feel natural, organic, playful, and soothing. If you are looking to make a space flow curving lines are a great way to do it. They are also very voluminous taking up space within an interior.

                          By applying lines in a way that relates to your brand message, you can create a space that appeals to your customers and highlights the product you sell.

                          » Do you need help with your commercial Interior Design project? Contact Hatch Interior Design located in Kelowna, British Columbia – Sustainable Interior Design Solutions for the Modern Workplace.