Vertical & Horizontal Integration Strategies

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Vertical & Horizontal Integration Strategies
Homeowners can use painted wall stripes, decorative moulding and vertical blinds to integrate horizontal and vertical elements in a room. (Stripe Cloth Fabric Background Pattern image by James Phelps from

Integrating vertical and horizontal elements is a way for designers and homeowners to add structure to an interior room. Vertical and horizontal materials or techniques can add visual interest or help create a relaxing atmosphere. Whether homeowners are designing a bedroom, kitchen or living room, vertical and horizontal elements such as painted wall stripes, decorative wood moulding and vertical window blinds can increase the aesthetic appeal of a room.

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Painted Wall Stripes

Painted wall stripes are a simple and interesting way for a homeowner or designer to integrate vertical and horizontal lines in a space. Painted stripes can give the effect of wallpaper without the costs of wallpaper installation. Vertical and horizontal stripes can also affect how observers perceive the size of the room, vertical stripes tending to increase the illusion of height. Bold-coloured stripes can affect the mood of a space and often work well in a child's playroom, basement recreation room or media room. Subtle stripes, however, can help create a relaxing atmosphere and can work well in a casual room of a house. Subtle wall stripes are commonly used to give a room more visual interest while preserving a calm and casual feel.

Decorative Molding

Decorative moulding is an architectural detail that can integrate vertical and horizontal lines in a room. A chair rail is a piece of trim added to a wall roughly 30 to 36 inches from the floor and is a common way to integrate a horizontal line. A vertical line can be introduced by adding trim around doors and windows. Another common moulding element is a column, a large pillar that is sometimes used as a vertical support to separate rooms or identify openings. Another way to add decorative moulding in a space is with wainscott, which is trim that is installed between the baseboard and the chair rail.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical window blinds are another interesting and affordable way to integrate a vertical element into a room. Vertical blinds are commonly used in rooms that have large windows or sliding glass doors and can provide privacy for your home. Vertical blinds are offered in a variety of colours, patterns and textures. Depending on the specific needs for your home, vertical blinds have different textures that can either let through some light or completely block it out. Since they are very easy to use and are low maintenance, vertical blinds are a popular choice for window treatments in a variety of interior spaces.

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