I never really enjoyed doing math. It was always a bit too perfect, too formulaic for me. It didn’t match with how my brain worked or how I perceived the world. I did manage to pass the highest level of math available in high school, but didn’t push further. I was going to be a writer, after all!
But one part of math always appealed more to me than formulas and algebra: geometry. I was always relieved when we hit a geometry section in the course because at least I could base my understanding on actual shapes. I also think that I liked geometry because it shows an interesting side of human consciousness: our capacity to imagine perfection.
Perfect and imperfect
You can rarely find a perfect circle, square or triangle in nature. However, the human mind was able to extrapolate perfect shapes with perfect dimensions from the imperfect environment surrounding us. If that isn’t amazing, I don’t know what is.
So maybe this is why geometric patterns have always appealed to us. They illustrate our search for perfection, our capacity to identify patterns and our desire to understand the world at its most fundamental. (And, because I love science-fiction, our ability to communicate with alien species will probably begin through numbers, shapes, and basic math, as Carl Sagan so impressively argued in Contact.)
But enough philosophizing–let’s talk geometrical wall patterns for your next home décor plan!
One of the current trends in geometrical wall patterns is using just lines for a minimalist look. These are usually one color or tone on tone using wall textures. Here are a few examples.
Although all these patterns are different, they do have something in common: they have a big decor impact while being minimal in style. The red triangle pattern gives a great focal point to the bedroom; the living room wall adds movement to an otherwise quite traditional decor; the graphic paper look of the kid’s bedroom adds a schoolroom feel; the bathroom looks a lot more interesting with a monochrome color scheme.
These minimal yet impactful decor choices show that even the most simple geometrical shapes–triangles, squares, rectangles–can make all the difference between a boring décor and getting a “wow!” with every new visitor.
Complex color arrangements
One great thing about geometrical shapes is that they allow you to play with color. Another trend in the geometrical wall patterns is the complex visual arrangement of colors, as seen in the following examples.
These examples of colored shapes all display a different style and show the numerous possibilities of geometrical wall patterns. The staircase wallpaper is a bold choice, but the mix of colors does a great job of showing this space as a transitory one. I love how the square shape of the lamp contrasts the triangles on the wall.
The kid’s play room is simply perfect. I love the subtle colors and the random arrangement of rectangles. It is both regular and unexpected, bringing a sense of calm while still being playful.
The modern living room is the epitome of modern contrast: the colors on the wall contrast the black and white of the rest of the room and the square angles contrast the round shapes of the art and furniture. A clever way to use shapes in a very modernist style.
The last one is probably my favourite. The big squared shapes come against the round bookshelf around a round window (I want one!) and the stylish curves of the armchair. That armchair design is just amazing too, and it seems to be sitting on a Zen garden. What an inventive décor for a study!
How do you shape your world?
Shapes are everywhere, whether we see them or not. Have you thought about using geometrical shapes in your wall décor? What was the result?