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Geometric Patterns in Interior Design

If you feel in need of a shot of colour and fun, the latest geometric wallpapers are sure to give you a lift. When the weather is dull and dreary, there’s nothing better than a bold, beautiful and bright pattern to invigorate the senses.  Whilst geometric patterns can seem like quite a daring and modern look, I can share with you my top tips for making it work for you and your home.

Geometric patterns have been a hot topic in interiors for over a year now with stripes and chevrons (or zig-zags) grabbing the headlines in the interiors magazines.  Whilst I’m a firm believer that geometric patterns are definitely a trend that’s here to stay, my tip is to look for patterns with less cliché shapes, to get a look that will outlast passing fads and is more unique to you. Chevron and stripe patterns can feel very modern and young, but there are different types of patterns to suit every home, and importantly the colour that you choose makes a world of difference. It’s easy to create a really subtle and sophisticated look by simply opting for a pattern in a muted neutral shade.  This also means that the opposite is also true; if you’re looking to create a statement, pick a pattern with a bold mix of bright and colourful shades and you’ll have everyone talking.

Striking wallpapers don’t come much more impactful than this one from Cole & Son.  Use this wallpaper sparingly and keep other items simple to balance the overall aesthetic. www.cole-and-son.com 0207 376 4628

Striking wallpapers don’t come much more impactful than this one from Cole & Son.  Use this wallpaper sparingly and keep other items simple to balance the overall aesthetic. www.cole-and-son.com 0207 376 4628

It’s essential to think about where you use geometric patterns and what mood you want to create.  I like to create relaxing and soothing living rooms and bedrooms, so in these spaces I use graphic prints to add interest but restrict the colour palette to calming, soft and subtle tones. There are lots of exciting and vibrant wallpapers available now and these are great if you want to create an invigorating and energetic space that has the wow factor.  You could try these in moderation in a dining room or entrance hall to leave a lasting impression with your guests.

Why not combine two of the biggest trends?  This wallpaper by Osborne and Little combines trendy stripes and chevrons in one.

Why not combine two of the biggest trends?  This wallpaper by Osborne and Little combines trendy stripes and chevrons in one. www.osborneandlittle.com 020 8812 3000

If you’re thinking that geometric patterns are just for contemporary spaces, you can think again as there really is an option for every style of interior.  I love drawing on inspiration from other eras, so for a classic look with a nod to the beauty and glamour of the art deco period, try wallpaper with a linear pattern with graceful and elegant curves in subtle, metallic or monochrome colours. If however you want to go for the latest contemporary looks, try wallpaper with a 60’s optical art feel.  These prints might make you feel like you’re in an Escher artwork at first with their dizzying geometric patterns, but if used in moderation and in the right spaces, they can create a really eye-catching feature. You can go for a simple two tone geometric pattern, or you can opt for a more dynamic style with an almost harlequin feel with a cascade of diamond shapes in an array of colours.  To add even further choice to the mix, you could consider an eighties inspired design with bold shapes and even Miami inspired motifs such as palm leafs.  

Geometric patterns can be subtle if you pick a muted colour scheme. This example from Cole & Son’s Geometric II range is striking with its jewel like shapes, but its cream shades keeps the whole look feeling understated and sophisticated. www.cole-and-son.com 0207 376 4628

Geometric patterns can be subtle if you pick a muted colour scheme. This example from Cole & Son’s Geometric II range is striking with its jewel like shapes, but its cream shades keeps the whole look feeling understated and sophisticated. www.cole-and-son.com 0207 376 4628 

It’s not often that I would recommend decorating a whole room with a geometric pattern; it’s very much a case of ‘less is more’ when it comes to using geometric patterns.   For the daring and brave, geometric patterns can be used to create a really striking feature wall, but remember that colour really does play a big part in creating the overall effect.  It can also be used to creating interesting alcoves either side of a fireplace for instance.

Your walls aren’t the only place that you can use for bringing geometric prints trend into your home.  Adding accessories with a print can be a quick way to update your home with the latest trends, and what’s great is that you can refresh these easily if you fall for another trend. An oversized rug can be used to instantly give a boost of colour and pattern in an otherwise neutral room.  It’s also simple to add lampshades, throws and cushions with graphic prints to give any room an instant update.  To make sure the whole space feels cohesive, try picking a colour from the geometric pattern to then use for other pieces around the room to tie the whole look together. 

Add a piece of furniture or an accessory with a bold geometric print to add personality to any space.  This chair adds interest to this neutral space with fabric from Villa Nova’s Folium range. www.villanova.co.uk 01623 756 699.

Add a piece of furniture or an accessory with a bold geometric print to add personality to any space.  This chair adds interest to this neutral space with fabric from Villa Nova’s Folium range. www.villanova.co.uk 01623 756 699. 

 

Lesley Taylor is an Interior Designer, Author and full member of the BIID. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016
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