1. Strong horizontals. In this space, the bed is a low, flat horizontal plane. Instead of fighting that shape, the designer has reinforced it. Notice the long, horizontal bolster, the long, horizontal artwork and the short, horizontal plane of the side tables and foot table.
Here is another example of a horizontal line that begins in the window pane and is carried through on the dark plank shelving.
Details make all the difference. The choice of long horizontal lights for these stair risers accentuates the long horizontal planes.
In this home, the roof line has been reinforced by the exposed beams. Reinforcing the strong triangular shape, the kitchen island reflects the roof line.
3. Strong setting. This house makes the most of its beautiful location. The architect has taken a cue from the mountainous setting and inverted the typical roof line. I love that this home mimics the valley of a mountain range, as opposed to the peak.
If you have gorgeous views, flaunt them by reinforcing the lines and colors of the vista beyond. Mirror the color scheme of your natural surroundings by adding planting that blend seamlessly from foreground to background.
Is your home situated on a hill overlooking fields of wheat, corn or soybeans? Flaunt that view by adding layers of plantings that reflect and reinforce the colors in the distance.
4. Strong curves. Did you find an absolutely perfect stacked pedestal table for your breakfast nook? Embrace those beautiful curves and reinforce them with a curvy chandelier and patterned shades.
Perhaps your find of the century was a gorgeous curvy sofa. Reinforce its shape with a circular ottoman, curvy shades and a simply curved chandelier.
If you have a blocky house and have built a curvy fence to break up the line, keep going with it. That one curve doesn't have to stand alone. Flaunt more curves on the facade of your home with a climbing vine or add rounded bushes to accent the round finials.