You don’t see straight lines in nature. If you’re looking at a straight line, it means that a human being has been there. (Take a look at a map.) The things we see as ‘straight’ in nature – tree trunks or limbs of the body – are actually not straight, but have a subtle irregularity to their shape. While there is a benefit to having a flat surface to a floor or table – it’s nice not to trip while walking or to have your pen roll off your desk – too many sharp edges and corners can create a harsh environment.
These long, straight, hard lines remind our nervous system of other things that are straight and manmade: the blades of knives and swords, things that are sharp and can cut. Is it any wonder that when living our lives in modern society we feel ‘on edge’ or ‘stuck in a corner’, whereas we feel less so when in more natural environments?
While straight lines can provide clarity and discernment, balancing them with varied forms helps to soften their inherent sense of division. Fill a corner with a plant, a lamp, speakers, or other decorative objects. Brighten the area or add something that moves to stimulate the corner. Varying the forms in your space can help you integrate discernment with creativity.