5 Techniques on How to Use “Form” in Your Home
Form is made up of points, lines, planes, volumes, and shapes; these then become the starting point for your design. When looking for a new home, or remodeling your current one, the form is one of the most important aspects to consider, but, can be manipulated through design and decoration.
1 | Point
When we think of a “point” we generally think of a tiny dot, but really, this doesn’t have to be reduced to just small circles. A point can be any shape – what really matters is the relationship from the point to the background. Your “point” should be small in comparison to the rest of the space. So, let’s say you have a painting you are hanging on a wall at the end of a hallway. Once you hang the painting, you are only a few feet away from it, so, it doesn’t appear as a “point”. As you walk to the other end of the hall, the painting gets further away, and it’s relationship to the space around it dwarfs, causing it to appear as a point.
2 | Line
Line is a great way to think of an axis (you remember when your math teacher said you will always use this stuff, here is a great example). Whereas we can think of the “point” as the axis (the spot where X and Y meet), a line is the set of points between X and Y. It is important to remember that a line is where the length greatly exceeds the depth or width it may have.
Vertical lines promote strength, permanence, equilibrium, and a powerful upward movement. They also can make a space feel taller than it really is (similar to how vertical stripes in clothing can help to make you appear slimmer).
Horizontal lines seem to be quite the popular pick these days and with good reason. These lines are typically related to stability, restfulness, and related to the plane of the earth. A horizontal line can have the opposite effect as a vertical one in that it can create the illusion an object is longer, or wider than it really is.
Were you expecting the painted chevron pattern? With the painted chevron being such a trending wall treatment for 2016, who would have thought there could be other ways to introduce this line type? Diagonal patterns often represent movement and for today’s busy family, it seems as if the diagonal pattern (going upwards, downwards, or both) can easily flow with the business of our days.
Curved lines are a fun one to talk about, mostly because of all the connections they have. A curved line can be anything from geometric shapes (like circles, ellipses, and arcs) to something a bit more free form. These types of lines can represent not only the forms from nature but those from the human form.
3 | Plane
Plane is a great way to create depth and layering to a space. Planes can be seen from a perspective of walls, floors, ceilings, and even furniture. It’s with the use of planes and the addition of color, patterns, and texture, that we can create the character of a space.
4 | Volume
Volume takes the idea of our X/Y axis, and brings in the ‘Z’ to create a more 3-dimensional object or space. One thing to remember is that volumes can be either solid or voids – positive or negative space.
5 | Shape
Shapes form when you distinct an object from adjacent spaces or objects. In the example image above, we can clearly distinguish the shape of a circle from the rest of the mirror design.
Check out our other Elements of Design in your home:
- Element of Design Series