“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.
“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.”
Whether you go for actual tile or the peel-and-stick version, geometrics pop nicely on a backsplash in an otherwise staid whitekitchen. 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.
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.
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