Get Aligned With Proper Construction Principles
You enter your bathroom and get a sense of disconnection, you can’t quite place your finger on it but it just seems a bit out of alignment. Most newbie remodelers are either unaware or just have not been thought the principles of good washroom design. Straight lines, curved lines, edges, corners and decorative features of your room’s fixtures and furnishings create a visual abundance of pathways of sight within your lavatory.
Reduce Visual Interruptions
Unfortunately there are no absolutes when it comes to designing a room with style. So how do we overcome these pragmatic issues and optimally use these lines as a design element in your bathing area to create harmony and make the space feel more integrated? Based upon the fundamental principles of home decor, congruence can be created by strategically aligning the room;s components as much as possible. Synchronization creates a smoother visual transition within your lavatory’s space thereby reducing any optical distractions as your eyes pass over the crest of the objects.
Your Eyes Must Flow Around the Room
Any straight object, surface or edge in your bath creates a horizontal or vertical track which in turn carries the eye along its plane. Lining up architectural features such as the top of your door with the top of your mirror with the top ledge of your window sill with the top of a linen cabinet creates visual consistency that causes the eye to flow around the room as it moves from one component to the next without interruption.
So now that you understand the importance of linear pathways in your bath, you can consciously apply these composition principles to the layout of your powder room. For example to make the room appear longer than it actually is, you can carry a narrow strip of contrasting tile along the length of your floor to draw attention to the feeling of perspective and distance.
Bridging the Gap
Another way you can apply lines as a construction aid in your bathroom is by tying two unrelated design elements together despite their differences based upon proximity. An illustration of this would be when it may be impossible to position bath fixtures so that the edges are parallel. By introducing an edge of wainscoting/molding or a strip of tile, paint or wall paper, you can still tie the features together by creating a visual representation of continuous unity that forces the eye to bridge the spatial gap.
Using Optical Paths to Your Advantage
To effectively use visual paths in the room you must first understand just how parallel objects contribute to the overall three-dimensional feeling of the area. In nature strong horizontal striations emphasize quietude and in your bathing chamber they reflect a more contemporary mood. An emphasis on vertical points in the compartment is more static and elicits a sense of tradition and formality.
Make the Room Feel Wider
To create a more volumetric looking washroom in a thin space, cross the narrow dimensions of the floor or ceiling to make the room feel wider. This effect can be created by simply placing beams across your room ceiling or horizontal tile on the floor. And don’t forget about the inclusion of diagonal strokes to create drama and movement within your bathing space. To add a sense of sumptuous grace and elegance to your home spa include curves and round edges, a classical bathtub, rounded countertops and tall flowing faucets.
Control how the Room is Presented
Good bath configuration highlights the best features in the room. Use visual trajectory to overcome the ugly restroom syndrome. While some of the composition of a lavatory is essentially generated by the space itself, using lines as a design element allows you to visually control the way your restroom looks and feels. Focusing on points of optical intersection to enhance the graphical flow of your washroom is of itself a personal choice, but you must not sacrifice design for functionality; the two must go hand in hand.
Incorporating it all Into Your own Style
It is true that lines affect the aesthetic impact of your bathroom but always ask yourself, is the blueprint optimally functional? There is inherently no right or wrong decorating style but with understanding how borders and edges visually impact the space, you can now incorporate these principles into your personal style to create the effect that you want to produce. Always be aware of the look and tone you are trying to create and use the principles of good building arrangement to enhance and not detract from designing your bathroom with finesse and style.