I am having an amazing vacation in Aruba this week (“One Happy Island!”). Amanda was super cool and volunteered to write this week’s blog for me while I am sunning. I promise to be on the look out for stripes, geometrics and any inspirational design in general. If I find anything noteworthy, I promise to share.
You may remember last summer, I had a lot of fun using stripes and geometrics when working for the Property Brothers. This really added some ‘wow’ to the room when seen on TV.
Design for Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers by Heather Scott Home & Design
There are many great examples of using pattern in design, so, with a special thank you to Amanda- here is a great post on using stripes and geometrics in interiors:
In 2013, entertainment areas will likely turn to more attention-grabbing designs in order to inspire a more exciting lifestyle and energy. One of the simplest ways to achieve this effect is by employing stripes in an elegant manner. Whether it be in wallpapers, upholstery, pillows, rugs, graphic art and more, each of these elements can act as a distinct design feature of movement as long as they are layered. When you are working with geometrics and stripes, you need to make sure to layer the room. Don’t have just one striped chair or a large striped rug; you should bring in other elements to keep a consistent flow of interest.
In this photo below, you can see that they have pulled in stripes and geometrics together to create an inviting space. The 2 chairs have a vertical striped pattern and the lamp shade provides a horizontal stripe which complements each other nicely. Also, the way the rug is placed gives off another striped element into the room without being too bold. The colors have very little contrast so it is not overwhelming next to the chairs.
This picture shows an example of how much of an impact bold stripe can make. The decorative draperies have a very simple pattern but yet, provide a dramatic effect in this room.
The uses of black and white stripes are a very classic and sophisticated design. In this space they brighten things up by using a large wide striped rug and pillows on the white sofa and chairs. The white walls disappear and your eye is drawn to the furniture space itself. The stripes add an interesting, classic look to what would be a very white and plain room.
This room has a lot going for it. The use of deep blue and white geometric patterns on the chairs mixed with a variety of blue and white stripes throughout is a lot going on. However, they make it work by blending the accessories into the space. The white wood planking on the walls is a nice architectural touch to add some interest to a white wall. The pictures are framed in a blue color are a nice touch because it to adds blue to a vertical space rather than only having blue on the furnishings lower to the ground.
This space, from Tobi Fairley, is a wonderful example of how to mix stripes and geometrics. The use of the wide horizontal stripes in very tall ceilings is a great way to add some dimension to a space. If they were to use a solid drapery the window treatments would get lost. The creative idea to add this fun geometric pattern in the pillows as well as the ottoman gives a sense of unity to the space but also livens it up while staying very elegant. What a beautiful living space!
This picture shows a fun arrangement of geometrics and patterns. By mixing the patterns of the pillows, they were able to bring out each color used in the painting rather than focusing on one color. The patterns and colors flow very nicely together without overdoing it. When mixing patterns, however, make sure you do not choose patterns or colors that compete with each other.
The arrangement of these color geometrics are a nice focal point to this room. The unity of the frames make the colorful patterns stand out but don’t give an overwhelming feel to the wall. The pillows and rug even have geometric patterns as well, but because of the repetitive color selection, you don’t end up with a rainbow of patterns. The blue in the walls, chairs, and rug create fun, but calming space.
Here are some examples of striped and geometric patterns you can find in our showroom. We have everything from lamps, rugs, pillows and more!
Come to the store and check them out!