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Shape Up! 8 Ways to Rock the Geometric Decor Trend Without Pattern Overload

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“Magnum P.I.” has a place on the upcoming fall TV lineup. Women are rocking oversized blazers. “The Handmaid’s Tale” is part of our national Zeitgeist. Slice soda is on grocery store shelves.

If you didn’t know better, you’d totally think we’d taken a trip back in time to the 1980s. Whoa! But as it turns out, history is simply repeating itself.

Yes, it’s 2018. And geometric decor—linear motifs in a repeating design, often with lots of 90-degree angles and color gradations—is among the many 1980s trends making a comeback.

“We’re seeing everything from shoulder pads to Patrick Nagel prints—and throwback geometrics from the 1980s will become a mainstay again in the 2020s,” predicts Justin Riordan of Spade and Archer Design Agency.

“People are returning to the symmetrical aesthetics of geometrics as an alternative to busy patterns or florals,” echoes Liz Toombs, president of PDR Interiors.

Geometrics can also give your home a modern feel, Toombs says. Many of the current patterns are subdued and in soothing colors, so they pair well with the grays and blush palettes popular in today’s design world.

But don’t go overboard with this graphic style. And to help you navigate all these angles, here’s our guide to smart, edited geometrics that won’t leave you dizzy every time you enter a room.

1. Balance pattern and color


Photo by Greg Natale 
Too much of any one pattern or color can be garish and jarring.

“Do I want my home to look like a screen shot from Minecraft? Not so much,” Riordan says.

To avoid this, balance the scale of the design with the color, Toombs recommends. That means that if the colors are striking, be sure the size of the pattern isn’t huge—and vice versa.

“When the scale and color are both bold, the result is 1970s psychedelic,” she says.

2. Lay the groundwork


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“Huge chevrons or zigzags were popular five years ago, and geometric shapes are an evolution of that trend,” says Julie Muniz, a curator and art consultant in San Francisco. “Today, designers have expanded past zigzags to include other shapes, like circles and diamonds.”

Embrace the evolution by layering geometrics in a space with other patterns to create the look you want.

“If you’re timid about incorporating them, start with an area rug and then work your way through other pieces,” Toombs says.

Try the geometric look with vases or side tables with faceted edges, since their shape evokes a large cut crystal.

3. Use geometric wallpaper to make a small space pop


Photo by Sally Wheat Interiors
Geometric-patterned wallpaper can breathe new life into a space, adding a dynamic look to an otherwise drab corner of your home.

“The simplest [geometrics] use two-dimensional shapes to provide the illusion of 3-D,” Riordan says. “And when flattened onto paper or fabric, they have the greatest potential.”

But these patterns can get overwhelming in large rooms; instead, use wallpaper on an accent wall, in a pocket home bar, breakfast nook, hallway, or other area of transition.

4. Use geometric fabrics as an accent


Photo by Tonya Hopkins Interior Design 
Small doses of geometric patterns, featured on breezy curtain panels or chic accent pillows, make this trend more palatable, says Darla DeMorrow, author of “Organizing Your Home with SORT and Succeed.” Plus, they’re easy to DIY.

“Drapes, framed prints, or even stencils are a minor commitment, while elements that require paid labor might not be,” she adds.

Fretwork and subtle Moroccan patterns are other chic picks for geometric window treatments.

5. Take tile to the next level

Photo by Astro Design Centre

Whether you go for actual tile or the peel-and-stick version, geometrics pop nicely on a backsplash in an otherwise staid white kitchen. This repetitive pattern also brings calm to the this space, which can sometimes be chaotic.

“Our thirst for simpler times is satisfied by geometrics,” Riordan says.

Muniz recommends diamond and hexagon patterns on a backsplash or bathroom floor.

6. Display patterned art

Photo by Zakrzewski + Hyde Architects

Artwork, whether fabric stretched on canvas or a piece of pounded metal, is another way to incorporate geometrics in your decor. Try one or two inexpensive, fun pieces, but don’t decorate your whole house this way.

“It’ll go south faster than you can say ‘hammer pants,’” Riordan says.

7. Sleep with geometrics


Photo by Dean Frost Photography 
Pillow shams and a cozy throw can give you geometric subtly, conserving the serenity in this petite bedroom.

A cushioned headboard or a single roman shade would also do the trick, especially if it’s rolled up halfway to expose less of the pattern.

8. Light the way with pretty patterns


Photo by Lorna Syson 
Pop on a new lampshade for a quick geometric upgrade. Think fish scale, houndstooth, simple squares, or another motif for lights on your sideboard and end tables.

A set of decorative trays lined up on the dining table allows you to dip a toe into this trend, as do coasters and table linens.

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