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Gaga for Geometrics: Your Guide for Using Geometric Patterns in Home Decor

When it comes to patterns, nothing takes the cake quite like geometric patterns. So it’s no surprise that it’s one of the top decorating trends this year. But honestly, have they ever really gone out of style? If you think about it, geometrics have always been around— and while they certainly ebb and flow in popularity, they have, and always will, remain a favorite of many. 

Why is that? Well, in a nutshell, geometrics can suit any decorating style. The versatility makes them easy to use by anyone in pretty much any space. If you’ve considered decorating with any of the beautiful patterns out there but aren’t quite sure how to use them, then keep on reading for some info that may help.


What are Geometric Patterns? 

A geometric pattern is a pattern consisting of lines and geometric figures, such as triangles, circles, and squares, that are arranged in a repeated fashion. Geometric patterns tend to be symmetrical and are found in many places, including architecture, art, and textiles. 

Types of Geometric Patterns

There are several patterns that fall under the umbrella of “geometrics”. Some of the most frequently used patterns include:

  • Quatrefoil, ornamental design of four lobes or leaves as used in architectural tracery, resembling a flower or four-leaf clover
  • Chevron, an inverted V pattern, with each side meeting at the point without interruption
  • Houndstooth, a duotone textile pattern characterized by broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes
  • Checker, a pattern of modified stripes consisting of crossed horizontal and vertical lines forming squares
  • Herringbone, an arrangement of rectangles that resemble the bones of a fish such as a herring
  • Polka dot, a pattern consisting of an array of large filled circles of the same size
  • Ogee, a curved shape consisting of a concave arc and vertical ends that resemble the shape of an onion 
  • Imperial trellis, a regal take on geometric shapes that are often interlinked 
  • Scales, a pattern that resembles fish scales
  • Fret, a pattern constructed from a continuous line, shaped into a repeated motif
  • Honeycomb, a pattern that takes inspiration from the hexagonal shapes of the beehive

At one time, chevron was the most commonly recognized geometric pattern, but today, many people are familiar with the others. With such a variety, there’s something that will fit numerous personalities and styles.

Using Geometric Patterns in Your Home

With geometric patterns having the ability to work with any design style, you can use them in a variety of ways. Let’s take a look at what some of those are.

On the Walls

Geometrics can make a huge statement when placed on the walls, so if you’re brave to give it a shot, go for it! Paint a pattern by hand or simply hang some wallpaper (if it’s metallic, even better). Geometric shaped mirrors displayed in uniform are another cool way to get a pattern on the wall. Updating your bathroom or kitchen? Consider creating a geometric pattern when the time comes to do the shower wall or backsplash. You could even opt for geometric-patterned fabric framed and hung.

On the Floor

Patterned flooring— especially tiles— has become incredibly popular over the last several years. Not only are they a durable choice, but they are a beautiful one as well. Update a bathroom floor with geometric tiles or artfully arrange wood flooring in a chevron or herringbone pattern. If a new floor isn’t in the budget, try something smaller scale like an area rug covered in your favorite geometric print.

On Your Accessories 

Geometric patterns can be just as effective when used in smaller ways. Place them throughout the space in a way that creates a pleasant burst of color and style. Think vibrant accent pillows, cozy throws, an upholstered sitting chair, or even geometric-shaped candle holders. Don’t forget to carry the pattern to the outdoor spaces as well.

Above Your Head

Lighting has become an important part of interior design, making it easier than ever to find unique fixtures— especially, geometric ones. Change out those outdated overhead lights with some new geometric-shaped pendants. Another option is to change out a lampshade or a lamp base. Either would be an easy way to make a bigger statement.

In Larger Doses

If nothing is standing in your way, go all-in with a beloved pattern. Reupholster a sofa, deck out your windows, or update your bedding. These are just some of the ways you can take a bigger plunge when it comes to geometric patterns.

The good news is that Cutting Corners has fabrics and accessories that can quench your thirst for geometrics. Stop by our showroom or browse online to see the wide array we have to offer. And, if geometrics aren’t really your thing, we have plenty of other fabrics and accessories that will suit your home and reflect your style. 


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