In interior decorating there are Natural Lines in an Environment that direct your eye both Horizontally and Vertically around a room. When adding decorative elements (pictures, mirrors or other kinds of wall decor) to your space, you want to line up your decorative elements, with the room’s natural lines, so your eye moves smoothly from one thing to another, without moving up or down too much.
Look at Illustration 1. The natural horizontal lines in this illustration are created by both the top and bottom edges of the molding that surrounds the window frame on the left side of the drawing #1 and #2. The next set of natural lines are created by the top and bottom edges of the molding running across the top of the sliding door #3 and #4. The third grouping of horizontal lines are the top and bottom edges of the upper cabinets #5 and #6, and #7 the top edge of the counter top.
The natural Vertical lines in this space are created by both the outside and inside edges of the molding surrounding the window #8 and #9, the outside and inside edges of the vertical molding around the sliding door #10 and #11, and the vertical side edges of both the top and base cabinets #12 and #13.
Now that you know what natural lines are, you want to use them in interior decorating.
Next look at Illustration 2. Notice how the grouping of four pictures lines up with the top edge of the upper cabinet and top edge of the counter top. The natural lines extend from one wall to another at exactly the same level.
In Illustration 3, notice how the bottom edge of the plate rack lines up with the bottom edge of the upper cabinet.
Sometimes you don’t want to line up edges based on architectural elements (doors and windows). You want to create your own set of new lines. Illustration 4 shows how the top edges of all the framed wall decor line up with each other.
Illustration 5 shows a more complicated version of Illustration 4. Following the dotted lines, notice how some of the top edges, and some of the bottom edges of the pictures line up with each other.
Not everyone has an octagonal room like Illustration 6. In this drawing the dotted lines show how the artwork and decorative accessories line up with the molding around the grand doorways, and the horizontal top lines, created by the tall book cases.
So now after reading the FOUR Posts, that I have written on hanging pictures, I hope you see how easy is it to hang wall decor. It really is a snap, once you know a few simple decorating secrets. Happy Picture Hanging!
It’s Easy to make a Grouping of Pictures 6-29-2011,
Making an Interesting Arrangement of Pictures 7-8-2011,
It’s Easy to Hang Pictures up on the Wall 7-17-2011,
Hanging Pictures over a Sofa 9-12-2011,
Picking and Hanging the Right size Picture or Mirror over your Fireplace 6-23-2011,
Step-by-Step Instructions for Hanging a Gallery Wall 2-15-2015,
It’s Easy to Decorate a Room with a Tall/High Ceiling 2-3-2013,
A Bridge unites a Tablescape and Wall Decor 6-10-2011,
Arranging your Decorative Accessories (Knickknacks and Collectables) 6-7-2011,
Hanging a Collection of Plates / Dishes up on the Wall 1-19-2013,
Interior Decorating is ALL about Equal Balance 2-27-2011
Paint a Room a Dark Color then Add Light Accents 3-27-2011,
(Some other Decorating Posts)
Arranging Furniture, so Sofas Talk to Chairs, Like the Pros Do 9-7-2012,
Arranging Furniture TWELVE different ways in the Same Room 9-15-2012,
The Right Way to Hang Curtains and Drapes 5-3-2011,
The Right Height of Table Lamp for your End Table 5-19-2011
(Unrelated, but Really Popular Seasonal Posts)
Putting Lights on a Christmas Tree..The EASY Way 11-3-2011,
How to Decorate a Christmas Tree with Tulle 10-20-2012,
Cutting / Making Paper Snowflakes 10-27-2011,
Christmas Tree Decorating..Step by Step, Like a Pro 11-13-2011