A new angle on geometric style

Lucien chair upholstered in Tessalate Raven, �1162, Parker Knoll
Lucien chair upholstered in Tessalate Raven, �1162, Parker Knoll

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Get on the right lines at home with geometric shapes and patterns. GABRIELLE FAGAN 
calculates the perfect decor formula.

Lines, triangles, hexagons, chevrons, and circles are proliferating in pattern and are a must-have not just for this season but beyond, as they feature strongly in Autumn collections.

‘Geometrics are a popular choice for bringing pattern into the home, with sharp, angular designs such as zigzags and graphic prints currently leading the way as favourites,’ says Kate Tansley, creative director at Multiyork.

‘Softer on the eye, circular geometric-style prints are also making an impact and are a great way to introduce the trend into a space and give it a stylish uplift.

‘Geometric patterns lend themselves perfectly to fabric and can easily turn functional furniture, like a sofa or chair, into a striking statement piece.’

Of course, geometry isn’t solely represented in print; natural geometry is all around us, and it can be found in furniture design and architecture, so there’s no need to completely redesign your home to add a touch of the trend.

Our love of shape and angle goes back through history. The ancient Greeks and Moroccans both used its principles in their interior design.

Today many leading designers use strong geometric shapes, combined with symmetry, to bring a coveted feeling of elegance, order and tranquillity to spaces.

So sum up your style with glamorous geometric shapes.

Mono magic
Devotees of neutrals have known all along that colour may be cool for the moment, but clean, sharp monochrome or fashionable smoky grey schemes have timeless appeal.

‘People often think these patterns can only work in bold bright colours, but that’s a misconception because they work equally well in monochrome or grey palettes,’ says Katie Watson, interior designer at furniture specialists, Fishpools.

‘The combination of strong design in monochrome shades creates a clean-cut, classic look which is easy on the eye and can easily be enlivened, if necessary, with ‘pops’ of colour.’

Natural pattern
Soft green and yellow shades paired with pattern are a subtle choice, and in tune with our desire to feature the colours of nature and showcase natural materials like wood and stone.

‘Pattern and colour can be daunting to use at first, so play around with samples of fabric to ensure that you’re picking up on a similar colourway or design, as this will ensure cohesion in a scheme,’ says Kate Tansley at Multiyork.

‘Less is more is a good rule to follow, even if you’re passionate about these patterns.’

Out of the blue 
Blue reigns supreme in interiors, and whether you choose pale hues or deep indigos, pair it with pattern and it will pack a punch.

‘Create your own take on the Scandi-look by introducing bold, geometric prints in a neutral backdrop, to give your home a clean, modern feel,’ says Philip Watkin, designer at sofa specialists, DFS.

‘Choose soft, cool colours to reflect as much light as possible and open up small spaces to make them feel bigger, then experiment with bold patterns.’