Transform your bedroom with timeless geometrics, from the bold + the brazen to pretty pastels, Art Deco elegance, and exotic tribal– on the Zanui blog.
From old-world artefacts to haute couture, geometric designs have played out in myriad ways throughout cultural history. Geometric patterns date back as early as 900BC in Mycenaean-Greek vases. They feature in Aztec art + sculpture and Roman mosaics as well as Ancient Greek and Mughal/Moroccan architecture and designs. In the fin-de-siecle Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements, geometric ornamentation had a renaissance and their influence hasn’t slowed yet.
Geometrics are no stranger to the catwalk. Missoni made their name embracing chevron in the 50s, taking the international fashion world by storm. And you only have to look at this year’s Paris Fashion Week to see their continued relevance. There was a veritable proliferation of geometric-inspired design.
Miu Miu’s Art Nouveau and Art Deco-inspired collection and Junya Watanabe’s geo-tribal fusion. Images sourced: blog.patternbank.com.
Cutting-edge designers like Junya Watanabe, Miu Miu, and Krizia Robustella exploited its dramatic potential to diverse effect. The emphasis was on eye-catching fusions of tribal, Arts Nouveau-inspired and fractured geometric prints, with a few Baroque references and post-modern abstractions thrown in for good measure!!
Fashion and interiors go hand in hand. (This is no secret.) And geometrics deliver tenfold in your home. Infinitely variable, they adapt to a wide variety of design styles. Indulge in everything from the labyrinthine to the abstract and decorative, or opt for classic checks and stripes according to your taste.
We look at 4 ways to reinterpret chic shapes to suit your aesthetic.
THE BOLD + THE BRASSY
Kaleidoscopes have to be some of the most beautiful inventions known to man. (Is it just us?) That collision of vibrant jewel tones in decadent patterns brimming with light! Watching each vibrant landscape slide and intersect with the next was one of my most fave pastimes as a little person.
This geometric look takes its cue from them!
Pair strong patterns with vibrant hues for explosive drama or a playful vibe. Opt for faceted jewel tones for a highly stylised look or make a statement in contrasting Lego colours for primary-coloured punch.
Scale is important. Ask yourself – how much is too much? Play with shape, colour, and placement to temper the room to your taste. Introduce layers, picking up your patterns in unexpected places and in different materials, from your wall art to your rugs, your quilt cover and your furniture design. Asymmetric patterns make an arresting choice.
It doesn’t have to be brash. Take Missoni – using zigzag motifs, stripes, waves and slub yarns, they created striking patchworks of geometric and floral jacquard. High-vibe yet high-end. If you’ve got it, flaunt it.
Tip: Balance the bold + the beautiful with less busy elements to give your interiors some breathing space. (This can be white or other complementary block colours.)
Adding in some more simple pieces allows your major players to steal the show. And it stops your eyes from hurting!
Understated more your style? Geometric patterns can pack a punch without being loud. Channel the playful sophistication of a pastel palette for a softer elegance + style.
This season’s pared-back hues work well in collaboration with geo-chic designs. Infuse your bedroom with a tranquil cosiness courtesy of subdued gelato shades. This look exudes feminine ambience.
Not into “pretty”? Opt for a cooler wintry palette for a crisp, fresh aesthetic. Minty greens pair well with more sombre blues, giving your look gravity.
Tip: Consider introducing geometric homewares with colour gradients. Subtle gradient changes paired with a sharp linear pattern make the most of these muted tones.
French-inspired and fused with fancy ornamentation, the Art Deco era was lavish with geometric designs. Take your cue from its ornate fretwork and intricately designed furniture and introduce some wire-frame patterns within your space.
Search out symmetrical patterns and pairs of (matching) accents for this look – it lends your space an urbane formal style. This is poetry played out in visual motifs. Introduce an even rhythm.
L to R: Alisa & Lysandra for United Artworks In Both Directions Framed Print, Americanflat Hotel De Ville Print Art, Black/Gold, Americanflat Marble Triangle Print Art and Americanflat Orbital Print Art, Black/Gold. Browse wall art online at Zanui.
Tip: Go monochrome or opt for a more basic colour scheme. Then add in one other flat block colour to accent your space! Allow your patterns to do the talking.
A sleek yet simple palette means you can employ multiple patterns without them becoming overwhelming.
THE TRIBAL TAKE
This look has a certain naughty by nature attitude to it. It’s edgy, earthy, and epic in style. Its rugged good looks work in well with hide rugs and distressed leather. Steeped in history, pieces playing on the tribal aesthetic evoke the legacy of the geometric patterns used.
L to R: Alex Perry for Linen House Coco Quilt Cover Set, Black, Linen House Tahoma Quilt Cover Set, Linen House Ghana Quilt Cover Set and Marie Claire Marla Quilt Cover Set. Browse quilt covers online at Zanui.
Explore fusing iconic Aztec, American-Indian, and Moroccan designs with more modern pieces for a collision of cultures. Opt for raw organic hues as your base or turn tradition on its head and reinvent your space with tribal patterns in hi-vibe colours.
Tip: Be complementary with an “e” not an “i”. Consider how each tribal pattern contributes to the whole.
L to R: Shaynna Blaze for Urban Road Emerald City Canvas Print, A La Mode Studio The Empire Framed Print, and Alisa & Lysandra for United Artworks Reinforced Canvas Print. Browse quilt covers online at Zanui.
What’s your favourite geometric style? Are you an Art Deco admirer or are you drawn to more classic stars and stripes, seersucker or basic shapes in your designs?