How To: Decorating with Geometrics

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It’s no surprise that geometric patterns have made their way from Greek art to fashion to furniture, wallpaper, rugs, pillows and more! They continue to lie at the heart of great design and can transform even a drab room into a chic and stylish sanctuary. Geometric designs help to both modernize a home’s look and bring visual interest and depth to a room with a variety of simple shapes including diamonds, chevron prints, hexagons, circles and waves. Finding the right way to incorporate these uncomplicated prints into your personal space can be a headache and challenge when knowing where to begin may seem like an unending puzzle. However, we found with just a few elementary tips and tricks, decorating with geometrics can be as simple as pairing wine with cheese and black with white!

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Starting with easy, basic changes is the first step to transforming your room into a modern oasis. Some simple ideas include hanging geometric style art or paintings with a modern twist on walls, redoing shelves or bookshelves incorporating square, diamond or block print patterns and finally bringing in a chevron rug or pillows as accents to your décor. Just remember that geometric prints are both bold and loud so only changing a few pieces is necessary.

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Geometric rugs are a wonderful solution to starting small. They bring both texture and balance to your room without being overpowering (image via Pinterest)

When working with geometrics, the two most important tips are making sure that the colors in the room flow properly together so they are not competing against one another, as well as the ratio of prints to solids is balanced. You need to have a place for the eye to breathe, away from all the attention grabbing elements. By creating spaces that are clean and devoid of design, your room will be proportional and inviting rather than busy and unwelcoming.

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A perfect example of balance, a geometric wallpaper offset by a solid duvet cover and pillows (image via Brewster Home Fashions)

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With coordinating colors and perfect balance, this room provides a wonderful example of geometric decorating done right (image via Brewster Home Fashions)

The last tip to keep in mind when incorporating geometrics into your room is when layering patterns and prints. Keep scale and balance in mind, offset smaller prints with slightly larger designs so they work together rather than overpowering one another.

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A large scale geometric rug offset by a small scale contemporary art design (image via decoist.com)

Have your own tips when decorating with geometrics? Share them below!

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A gentle Metallic wallpaper with traditional beauty

“April in Paris, chestnuts in blossom, holiday tables under the trees,” said the popular song lyricist E. Y. Harburg.  Many dream to see “Paris in the springtime,” the much-lauded phrase that captures a favorite time to visit.  However if travel to the City of Lights isn’t on the calendar this spring, another way to learn about its sophistication, style and latest trends is to read up on Maison & Objet, Europe’s largest home design exhibition held earlier this year. Paula Berberian, Creative Director of Brewster Home Fashions, one of the oldest independent, family-owned wallpaper companies in the U.S. scoured the enormous show searching for the latest trends and reports back here with four that can easily be incorporated into your décor.

1. Pastels

Pale Pastel Pink Vintage Rose Cameo

“While Pantone named Emerald Green the color of the year, it appeared that 1950’s sugary pastels were evident and making headway,” says Berberian.  “A hue I especially saw around the halls was a very soft pink that was commonly paired with taupes and black and white, along with a soft yellow, seen most often with grey.”

Whether in the popular pink, the new hot pistachio pastel, subtle watery blues, or in other soft marshmallow hues, the trend is certainly on time for spring.  This palette is beautifully captured in Kenneth James’ Club by Eijffinger® line in the Yellow Geo Square Stripe pattern.  It features always fashionable vertical stripes in pink and yellow.  The design’s pastel pairing produces a look that’s both soft and sophisticated.

2. Geometric

Red wallpaper by Decadence available from Brewster Home Fashions

“There is a lot of financial uncertainty in the world right now” says Berberian.  “Many companies are taking a conservative approach with regards to product introductions taking a deep breath and not wanting to take risks.”  Berberian thinks this may be the reason why there are a lot of subdued modern interpretations of classic prints, such as a refreshed floral or damask.

“Geometric and modern designs were still a favorite but I, along with my colleagues, concluded that there weren’t any drastically new designs.  Overall designers and manufacturers are playing it safe,” concludes Berberian.  For a colorful improved classic, the Decadence’s Harira Purple Moroccan Trellis by Decorline features a classic trellis revived in silver and purple.   Wow guests upon arrival by adding this wallpaper in a foyer.  Its large-scale bright print is as cheerful as it is inviting, and by adding the design to an entryway, it also helps to set the overall decorating style and mood of a home.

3. Nature Inspired

Kenneth James Grasscloth Wallpaper from the Shangri La Collection

“This year’s show confirmed that the natural and artisanal is a trend with staying power,” says Berberian.  “With a universal shift to more eco-friendly home décor, hand-crafted wooden pieces, even furnishings dyed with vegetable color, such as in a popular citrusy lime green, were prevalent.”

While the organic look was captured in wooden furniture from Scandinavian, Dutch and German to Italian designers, this texture can easily be captured in wallpaper as well.  For an eco-friendly wallcovering and one that instantly adds an organic feel to a space, the Fine Bamboo natural grasscloth wallpaper in the nature-inspired ShangriLa collection by Kenneth James is an ideal addition.  Its silky Kong Tawny Grasscloth in a warm spiced cider hue infuses warmth in any space, not to mention putting the “eco” in “eco-chic,” as the wallpaper is made of a fine bamboo harvested in Asia, making it 100 percent sustainable.

4. Warm Metals

Soft Warm Metallic Wallpaper by Eijffinger available from Brewster Home Fashions

Just as colors were softened at the exhibition, so were the metallic accents.  Rose gold, pink copper and yellowy brass finishes, both matte and highly-polished, were on-hand.  In furnishings, the metals were often paired with dark woods like walnut, ceramics and marble and, as Berberian attests, were also seen on walls.

“Metallic-accented wallpaper was a constant at Maison, which serves as an affirmation that we’re on-trend,” says Berberian.  “We offer various wallpaper designs enhanced with metallic foils along with shimmer overlays and other embellishments.”  One such wallpaper includes the Kenneth James’ Zircon by Eijffinger® collection that offers stunning glimmering accents such as in pattern number 317073 that features an intricate metallic gold lace print on a fresh sky blue background.  The delicate wallpaper can transform any dull office or bedroom with neutral furniture into a sparkling, jewel box space.

Get your Paris fix, at least when it comes to getting its latest styles, with these on-trend designs from Brewster Home Fashions.

 

 

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