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A New Angle: Geometric Patterns

geometric patterns in the home

Geometric prints have a way of always reinventing themselves  in new and different ways. Fresh, innovative, exciting, and interesting – basic shapes are combined and altered, twisted and turned, until they look something inventive and modern.

Designers use their imaginations to conceive of fresh new applications, new textures, new colors, and varied scales – each reinvention of the basic components feels fun and fashion forward. Seemingly infinite combinations open the possibilities for us to experiment and explore colors and shapes in new ways.

Modern geometrics certainly pay homage to triangles, circles, squares and rectangles, but a couple of other options make the geometric playground even more fun.

  • Houndstooth – a fashion standard typically represented distinctly in black and white or charcoal gray and white combinations, the up-to-date and contemporary version of houndstooth cavorts with color! Daring shades and vivid hues mold this classic pattern into a truly contemporary style.
  • Greek Key – inspired by the islands of the Mediterranean Sea, the ancient Greek Key graces flooring and fabrics, hardware and wall coverings. Raised or relief applications bring this pattern to life adding both visual interest and texture to contemporary spaces. Fretwork often features this design, which is a nod to the ultra classic Greek history while conveying a distinctly modern vibe.

Geometric patterns can be prominent in a design scheme or simply add some funky fun with accents in other designs. Add color and shape with fabric on upholstery or pillows. Select artwork or lighting with a geometric sensibility. Experiment with scale, pulling in a bit of drama with large monochromatic interpretations of geometric compositions.

Simultaneously timeless and modern, geometric prints are a fabulous way to play with the abstract, dabble in color combinations, and explore this enduring yet always-fresh trend.

In the wise words of Mark Twain, “There is no such thing as a new idea… We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope… We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations.”



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