Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Decorating with Geometric Patterns

The Honeycomb as a Replacement for Polka Dots?
You don't need to be a geometry wiz to add some clever geometric design to your home. Our most recent fascination with geometric patterns has inspired some design tips.

Graphic design is a big part of enhancing our interiors. From wallpaper to rugs, popular repetitive patterns have a permanent place in home design. Some patterns are bold, and stand on their own as the centerpiece to a room, some patterns mix well with a collection of other patterns, as they have similar shapes and styles.

The repetitive patterns of the simple stripes, squares and circles...

...have opened doors to honeycombs, fish scales and chevron. Even the greek key pattern and an update on the traditional scroll have found a new face.

As with any pattern, decorating with geometric shapes inspires a creative streak that can be both inventive and completely orderly. Juxtaposing modern shapes with a more classic shape is a way to embrace the traditional, while working your modern flair into your decor.

The modern Jonathan Adler fixtures in this bathroom, for example, are matched against a traditional scrolled mirror and marble countertop.

Image Courtesy of HGTV

As with any mixing of patterns, make sure to anchor your decor in a bold color palette or solids that serve as a backdrop to the patterns. Create a few spots in between the patterns with a solid backdrop. Give the eyes something on which to focus as a way to ground your geometric patterns drawing the eye to the best parts of the patterns and solids.

Image Courtesy of HGTV

Get clever. Look for patterns in everyday objects. Find patterns that resonante with your decor and let them be the centerpiece around which all other patterns and colors are based. The arrows in this kid room decor infuse a delightful color palette with oh so much personality.

Image Courtesy of Thompson Family

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