Many decorating trends are fleeting—gone just as quickly as they appeared. While in the case of shag carpeting, this was probably a good thing, we are fortunate that there are some exceptions. One such exception is geometric patterns.
Geometric prints have been used in Indian and Southwestern decorations for decades, and more modern versions became especially popular in interior design in the 60s. Today, geometric prints and patterns can be used to add a contemporary touch to rooms using stylish geometric artwork or painting, rugs, and accessories. They can also be used to create a focal point in a more rustic space by way of Indian or Southwestern prints. Because these patterns are typically bold and attention-grabbing, only a few pieces are necessary. So for decorators on a budget, geometrics are perfect way to spice up current design without breaking the bank! Read on for a few tips on how to incorporate the patterns into your décor. 1. Start Small A little goes a long way with these bold patterns. So begin with a throw pillow or two in the living room and a few decorative plates in the kitchen. Be sure to maintain a balance when using geometrics. Mix classic shapes with the more modern style.
Here, geometrics are used sparingly—in the stool cushions and in the stars above the sink. The clock offsets the sharp edges of the stars, while the cushion covers are bold, the white of the rest of the room keeps them from taking over (see tip #4). 2. Pick the Right Patterns Some geometrics are easier than others to incorporate into design: hexagons, diamonds, stripes, and the Greek key pattern. Patterns with curves, like concentric circles or waves will keep things on the softer side. For example, a honeycomb throw or a zebra print rug will keep the décor from becoming too rigid. 3. Color Is Key When incorporating geometric prints, be sure to pick colors that are in the same subtle color family to keep them from competing with one another. In a kitchen or bathroom this may mean picking your prints based on either your granite counter top or the cabinetry—whichever is more reserved in color. If you’re working with a busy print, color is especially important. Neutral colors will keep the pattern from taking over.
The zig-zag pattern in the rug works because it’s in the base colors—white and navy. Stick to the neutral colors (as opposed to the baby blue or yellow here) to keep your geometrics under control. 4. Stay Grounded Geometric prints and patterns add flair and style, but may confuse your eyes if they’re all over the room. Use some solid color pieces to ground the patterns and keep the room from feeling too busy. Refer to the kitchen picture above for an example of this. The white counter tops, floor, and cabinetry provide the perfect backdrop for loud geometric prints. 5. Experiment Bottom line, using geometric patterns is going to require some experimentation to learn what works in your space. Once you’ve mastered level one of geometric prints, try layering with different patterns, like floral. Stay within with your color palette and go wild! Guest author Maggie Voelker is a fashion writer in Indianapolis, IN for a discount sunglasses provider. A recent college graduate and apartment dweller (read: poor and under the control of a landlord), Maggie must restrict her interior designing to cutting pictures out of magazines and giving advice to readers.