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Decorating Your Home With Lines And Shapes

By Abbie Osborne-Wilson

Any interior designer will tell you that lines and shapes are two foundational elements of design. Most people begin their home decorating project by choosing a color scheme. However, lines and shapes can make a big difference in how your colors work together, so you should give them some consideration before you start buying paint.

Many people have the common misconception that a room is a fixed space with set dimensions that cannot be changed. While this is true in a purely scientific sense, it is also true that you can make the room look almost any shape you like, if you think about the lines and shapes that you put into it.

Everyone has different preferences in interior design. Each individual home owner has a unique idea of what the perfect room would look like. Some people prefer large, open spaces while others want a small, intimate design. Regardless of your personal style, you probably have at least one room in your house which isn’t exactly perfect. Whether it is too small, too long, too wide, or too big, you can change the overall look of your room with the help of lines and shapes. You can use these visual effects to trick the eye into thinking your space is exactly what you want it to be. You can finish the effect with some beautiful new decor and a fresh color scheme.

Make sure to look around the room before you start to redecorate it. Figure out what type of atmosphere you are trying to create and exactly what the room’s purpose is in your home. Make sure to be realistic when designing your room. Make sure the furniture you choose and the decor you place in it will compliment the room rather than clutter it. If you are attempting to create a game room, make sure it’s large enough to hold the games you want to place in the space. If you see it’s going to be too small but the office room in your house is larger, why not switch the rooms?

Try to analyze the lines and shapes that would best fit into your space once you figure out the purpose of the room. If you have long narrow rooms try straight lines from top to bottom either with the wall paint or even the furniture. It will make the room seem taller. Also if you have a sectional piece of furniture, try breaking it up and making it separate pieces. This will make a softer effect and add a few different angels into the rooms design.

Curved lines work well in large spaces, but straight lines can work when you use them correctly. Consider dividing the room into sections with furniture to create the illusion of several small, square spaces, rather than one long rectangular space. White walls will also make the room appear longer, especially when the longest walls are painted white. Choose a warm color on the long walls to visually shorten their dimensions. A dark color or pattern on the shorter walls will make them appear closer together. Dark paint colors can be the key to shrinking the room’s length.

Curved lines can be incorporated through furniture, accessories or wallpaper to create a more relaxed feel in the room. You can use any shape you like in your room’s design, but be consistent to avoid your room from becoming chaotic. Area rugs offer an easy way to define your shapes and lines within any room. If you are going for a soft, gentle look, use round or oval rugs. If you want something more masculine, use straight lines with a rectangular or square rug. You can also choose pattern area rugs to reinforce your shape choices. If you are going for curved lines and circles, your rug could have swirling vines or modern graphic dots. If you want a masculine look, reinforce lines by choosing a rug covered in stripes, plaid, or even tiny triangles.

You can also use furniture to emphasize your preferred lines and shapes. For example, a pool table, rectangular sofas, or square coffee tables can all reinforce straight lines throughout a room. A rounded sectional sofa or round side tables can emphasize curvy lines. Get creative and incorporate coordinating lines and shapes through every aspect of your room design. You will soon have a remarkable visual effect that transforms the total look of your room.

This Interior Design article is written by Abigail Foster from – your authorized rug store for flokati area rugs.

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