It’s not hard to see that patterns are around us throughout our work and home interiors. So why the popularity of bold Geometrics?
Geometrics are based on the idea of repetitive shapes, colours and patterns. Similar to those seen in the natural world, the balance of colour, form and pattern creates a pleasing effect which is replicated in the interiors world. We look at these three key elements and how these can be used around the home to generate show-stopping interiors.
It’s a bit like going back to school when it comes to an understanding of geometric shapes, but as a rule of thumb, it is one that can be rotated by 90° and still look the same. To give you an example, a square shape can be rotated by 90 degrees and always be true to its original shape. One of the most traditional geometric floors is the checkerboard with its monochrome looks of black and white tiles. This remains a popular design today and can be replicated in a multitude of palettes – not just the monochromes we have seen popular since the turn of the 20th century.
Hexagon and pentagon tiles are another example of geometric design and have proved popular in bathrooms and kitchens over the last 20 years.
Repeating colours within geometric shapes provide a uniformity which can either be bold and colourful, or subtle and calm. By merely changing the colour palette, you can create a whole new look. In regards to current trends, Retro luxe revival, which bases itself on the art deco patterns and curves of the 1920’s, incorporates many of the geometric forms we can associate with this design movement along with pink blushes, dark blues and greens.
Many of the traditional Mediterranean tiles take colours from the natural world, from sky blues, sea turquoise, burnt earth reds and sunshine yellows in bold to subdued tones.
Updates for the modern home are readily available such as the marble effects of our Vinca range, blue tones of Eleanor and subtle clays of Emilia.
Reinforcing colour and shape, patterned surfaces that provide a perfect repeat are not a new concept. The traditional Zellige tiles associated with Moroccan architecture consist of geometrically patterned tiles and are used to adorn floors, walls and ceilings. Similarly, Mediterranean style tiles include a mix of colour, pattern and form. However, sourcing tiles of this style can be expensive and are often dependent on finding an artisan tile specialist. We introduced these geometric shapes with our Ceramica collection, including Eleanor and Emilia who use this concept and replicate the looks of traditional tiles in a cushioned floor vinyl.
However you decide to use Geometrics, make the most of our sample service to try before you buy.