The Beauty Of Geometry & Interior Design
To many, the word “geometry” summons up dreadful memories of high-school math and those failed attempts to differentiate between isosceles, obtuse, scalene and acute triangles (just how many triangles are there!), or memorizing the names of shapes we'd never use in our adult lives, like rhombuses, trapezoids and octahedrons.
While geometry might not be everyone's favorite subject, it can however make for some wonderful decor. Throw in some colour, add some texture, employ the perfect materials, and join the crisp, bold lines of geometry with some personal creativity to make something truly brilliant.
And no, you don't have to be a math professor to admire the following examples. Just someone with a passion for beauty.
1) Colourful Shapes
Isosceles, scalene, acute—who cares? What draws our eye is the beauty of those triangles, the simple contrast of colours, and some clever correlation between the blue shapes and chair.
2) Alluring Asymmetry
Circles, squares and rectangles, oh my! Instead of pairing the same shapes together, this interior places them separately on the wall to attract our attention through asymmetry rather than balance.
3) Simple Dynamics
Rather than going with the usual square or rectangular television mount, this home opts for a rhombus (you might as well learn something about geometry).
While the shape isn't very complex, its atypical geometry lends this room a distinct and visually dynamic look.
4) Chic Ceilings
Who says ceilings have to be plain and dull?
By using some simple shapes and artful lighting, this interior takes what could have been a flat overhead surface and makes it exciting and elegant. That ring of light around the circle or glowing strip along the rectangle are enough to draw our eye, but not so bold as to dominate our entire vision.
5) Rugged Shapes
Of course, shapes don't always have to be carved into a wall or ceiling. Sometimes, like in this instance, they can just be part of the decor.
Here, the rug is a single component of an eclectic whole, its colourful lines crisscrossing to form pentagons, triangles and diamonds. It takes repeated examinations before we discern how many shapes are cleverly hidden away on its surface—just one more way geometry makes for creative ornamentation.
6) Hexagon Heaven
Shapes don't always have to be colourful to be effective. Here, the multiple hexagons on the back wall vary in shade, which is what helps draw our attention. First, we notice the darkest shade at the very top, and then slowly explore the lighter variations on either side.
The colours also blend perfectly with the restrained palette of this bedroom, inspiring a sense of calm.
7) Cool Closets
Imagine standing between this closeted walkway and staring straight down. What meets your view are thin rectangular planks of wood, some standing vertical, others tilted horizontally.
The result is an optical masterpiece that relies heavily on simple geometric shapes, and the use of natural, vivid wood set against paler grains of the same organic material.
8) Crazy Contours
Who knew triangles could be so interesting?
In these two photos (both from the same home), the use of bold lines intersecting randomly creates triangles of varying sizes. Our eyes follow their paths only to be cut short when another line suddenly passes through, creating a unique visual composition that needs to be appreciated both up close and from afar.
The use of glass in the second photo adds another layer to the inventive display, reflecting objects in geometric pieces and sections rather than as a complete whole.
There we have it. Eight examples of geometry and its ability to enhance decor. You might not have liked it in high-school, but you'll love it in your home.