There's a buzz phrase taking the design world by storm and it has me asking, what is a "Clean Line"? You can't turn on HGTV without hearing it, almost every issue of my favorite magazines like Traditional Home and BH&G mention it, I've even heard it used alot in Blogland these days. I'm so ashamed to admit that I have absolutely no clue what this means. I don't want to be left in the dark about such a popular term. Is it even new? How long have these two words been used to describe a room? And what if one doesn't have clean lines? Are they inviting people into a home with dirty lines? How can I even think about calling myself a designer-wannabe if I can't make sense of this?
At a recent gathering in my modest home, one of my guests complimented me on my rooms' clean lines. I didn't dare ask "huh"? Instead I graciously thanked her as my inner curiousity grew stronger. When I walk into someone else's home I immediately start taking in all the decor. I'm very nonchalant about it - don't want to appear nosy. But when I'm fairly sure nobody's looking, my eyes start darting around the room in extreme curiousity. Not because I'm judging their design skills, but because I'm SO influenced by how other women decorate and I love borrowing, okay, stealing ideas. But something I almost NEVER notice, are lines. Unless there is striped wallpaper or plaid fabric on a chair, I'm not seein any lines. I know I'm pathetic, but I'm pathetically asking, er begging someone out there to please clue me in. please.