A new trend that is seemingly taking shape is geometric patterns. A far cry from your high school geometry class (thank goodness!), bold chevrons, Moorish circles and decorative diamonds are receiving top grades from designers.
In fact, we saw a ton of symmetrical styles at the New York International Gift Fair.
However, decorating with such a bold design can be a disaster if not done properly, so here are 10 rules for decorating with geometric prints:
- Opt for larger scale patterns for larger spaces and vice-versa.
- Color is critical when playing with shapes. Choose a color family that is incorporated in all of the patterns to create a unified feel.
- A little goes a long way! Use bold prints in small doses, such as a single throw pillow or small rug, to make a big statement.
- Tone down the contrast in colors as the space gets larger.
- A common trick of the trade is to juxtapose modern shapes with more classic ones.
- To prevent any epileptics from having a seizure when they step into your home, break up patterns with other textures and colors – a mirror between two geometric art displays, a solid-colored couch for the bold throw pillows. The stability will help ground the geometrics.
- Keep structured patterns, such as diamonds and chevrons, from looking too rigid by pairing them with curves, such as a circular rug or round frame. The contrast will also add to the visual interest.
- If you go for the gusto with geometric patterns, keep the rest of the room neutral to prevent it from looking overly busy.
- Don’t be afraid to mix patterns. Patterns give a room character – some of the most fabulous interiors feature 5-7 different patterns.
- Using multiple patterns of the same scale is a one-way ticket to Cluttersville. Be sure to vary your patterns between small, medium and large.