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 September 2019

Fresh Ideas for Your Home

Put a new slant on your decorating plans.

Diagonal lines are an unexpected and engaging touch.  


Most structural elements in a house are organized on a horizontal and vertical grid, including floors, walls, ceilings, windows and doors. In addition, most furniture and home design elements are square or horizontal. We don’t want to be biased, but why not think creatively and introduce a home item or two on the diagonal?


In the architecture of your home, diagonals can be planned in     

  • Angle top windows

  • Angled mullions in windows

  • The design of beams in the ceiling

  • Angled walls, creating a non-rectangular room   


For interior design planning, the most obvious diagonal options are in patterns in carpeting, rugs, flooring, tile, upholstery and window treatments. Often a patterned element that, at first, seems to be horizontal or vertical can be used on a bias to create a diagonal look too. Hint: plaid or checked fabrics or wallcoverings. Also consider hanging mirrors on the diagonal instead of straight up and down.


You can think even more outside the square box by adding a diagonal touch with:

  • The legs of tables and chairs

  • The shape of lamps

  • The arrangement of your sofa diagonally instead of parallel or perpendicular to a wall

  • Two club chairs diagonal in relation to each other instead of squared off with an occasional table in between

  • The orientation of wood flooring planks on the bias

  • The shape of a kitchen island


Turn your home design on the bias. It will add a burst of energy to your home décor.   

© 2019 Hunter Douglas

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