A Very Fine Line: 3 Steps to Bringing Out Good Sight Lines at Home

Sight lines matter in interior design. That invisible line your eye follows from where you are to what you see in front could make or break the visual appeal of the space. If the sight line to a good garden view is obstructed, the aesthetic potential is lost. Similarly, if the sight line to a bathroom isn’t blocked, it’s a design disaster (not to mention, a dysfunctional use of space).

Unfortunately, some homeowners overlook the importance of sight line; while some don’t know how to use good sight lines and avoid the bad ones. Break away from those design dilemmas in your Auckland home, and use this guide to bringing out good sight lines:

Create points of interest in hallways

The hallways in your house are natural sight lines, leading the eyes from one area to another. So they’re the perfect area to create visual interests. Add a window or a door at the end of a narrow hallway so that the natural light that penetrates through could illuminate the narrow space and make it a little cozier, rather than restricting. If it’s not possible to add a window or a door and it’s just a wall, organise your furniture and feature design elements, like art pieces or photographs, to draw the eyes in the space.

Frame the view

Good sight lines are good because they feature appealing views. The example above about adding windows or doors in hallways create visual interest not just because of the natural light, but also the outdoor views they could offer. It’s the same principle you want to apply in other areas of the house.

Say, in the bedroom, if it’s a good vantage point for the ocean or that rustic barn near your house, keep your Auckland home’s balcony open with frameless glass balustrades; design experts say that this allows you to have unobstructed view of a good view, which is an excellent way of maximising sight lines.

Hide the shouldnt-be-seen

Directing sight lines is also about concealing what should not be visible. For instance, the bedroom, being a private space, must be out of sight (line). It can be a little of a struggle to conceal such areas, especially if you have a small home, but there are creative ways to divide the space, like installing shelving displays or pony walls. The bottom line is you have to limit sight lines in these private areas.

Sight lines are important in interior design, but unfortunately, home-owners tend to overlook them. So the next time you redesign your home, think sight lines.