Wallpaper with geometric patterns in the interior: 4 tips for use

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The use of wallpaper with a geometric pattern in the interior of different rooms does not lose its relevance for many years. Many designers note that the use of such a finishing material is one of the fastest and most affordable ways to revitalize the interior, make it dynamic and expressive, especially given the variety of patterns and colors that is available today. In this article, you will find some tips for designing rooms with geometric wallpaper and learn about all the intricacies of their application.

Advantages and disadvantages

Like any other finishing material, wallpaper with a geometric pattern has its advantages and disadvantages.

And now we will not talk about the wallpaper itself, but about the print. The benefits include:

  • The ability to radically change the “mood” of the room. The pattern can both give dynamics and rhythm, and balance the interior and make it calm and pacifying;
  • The ability to hide the flaws in the geometry of the room with the help of a well-chosen pattern – to stretch the walls, expand them or bring them closer to each other;

  • Any pattern on the wall hides its minor imperfections, protrusions or irregularities;
  • A wide assortment makes it possible to choose the perfect ornament for each individual room;
  • The geometric pattern fits perfectly into the interior in any style.

As for the disadvantages:

  • Like any wallpaper with a pattern, a geometric pattern has a report – selection. When it comes to finishing the entire room, there may be quite a few leftovers;
  • Geometric print requires very precise joining of the canvases with each other and strict adherence to verticality. Otherwise, all inconsistencies will instantly catch your eye and spoil the design of the room;

  • An ineptly chosen pattern can overload the room;
  • Also, wallpaper with geometric patterns requires the correct selection of companion wallpaper, otherwise the print will look out of place, and the interior, as a whole, will not be complete.

Popular patterns and their features

All the variety of geometric patterns can be divided into several groups.

Depending on the shape used, its size and repetition rate, a wide variety of visual effects can be achieved, for example:

  • The classic pattern is stripes. It is very popular and perfectly complements interiors in classic styles. The stripes can be vertical or horizontal. Very rarely, diagonal. Stripes should be chosen when there is a need to change the geometry of the room. The vertically directed pattern is able to visually make the ceiling higher. The horizontal strip extends the surface to which it is glued. The diagonal direction is the most interesting – it is able to erase borders and corners, make long and elongated rooms more square. Be careful when choosing the width and color of the stripes. The thinner and more contrasting in shade they are among themselves, the more space they will conceal. In addition, this finish will dominate the interior. Wider stripes of shades close to each other will not diminish the room;

  • Chevron – zigzag or herringbone. This particular pattern is preferred for bold, modern interiors. A zigzag is a suitable print for any space. This pattern itself is very dynamic and lively, so you shouldn’t overuse it. The herringbone can be either clearly pronounced, when the color of the pattern is contrasting with the color of the base, or more calm. Wallpaper of the first type is best used for finishing one wall or part of it. If the pattern has low peaks and a pastel shade, it can be used to paste over all walls completely. At the same time, the zigzag has an interesting property – it perfectly blurs the boundaries and smoothes out all irregularities or protrusions. For example, if there are decorative niches in the walls, then having pasted over their inner surfaces with such wallpaper, at first glance it will be difficult to distinguish them on the plane of the wall;

  • Rhombuses or triangles can give lightness and energy to the interior. This pattern, depending on the manner of its execution and color scheme, is also quite actively used for different rooms and different interior styles. If the rhombic outline is formed by thin light lines on a muted background, such wallpaper can be used to paste over all walls. If the rhombuses have contrasting colors, it is better to use them as a decorative insert. Rhombuses of different shades of the same color, made in muted, pastel colors, are suitable for classic interiors. Rhombuses of different sizes and different colors are the most dynamic option, which is also best used to decorate an accent wall;

  • Tartan is a pattern in the form of a small cell, the color scheme of which is presented in deep green and red tones. Such an ornament is very cozy and is in perfect harmony with pieces of furniture made of natural wood. The print vaguely resembles the colors of the Scottish kilt and can be used to create themed interiors. A larger cage in other colors is often used for decorating rooms in a classic style;

  • Squares or rectangles are a quieter ornament often used in Scandinavian interiors. It looks restrained and harmonious, does not create unnecessary dynamics;

  • Circles are considered somewhat naive decorations, therefore they are often used to decorate children’s rooms. A popular variety of circles are polka dots, which look great in many spaces. He brings a touch of positive and cheerfulness to the overall environment.

Tips for application and color selection

When using wallpaper with a geometric print, it is very important to maintain the correct balance and not overload the interior both in color and in decorative terms.

Follow these tips:

  • Geometric wallpaper in a small room, first of all, should visually expand the space and not hide it. It is recommended to give preference to horizontal stripes of medium thickness with indistinct contours. To prevent the drawing from rippling and not being too contrasting, choose the following shades – light tones of yellow, blue, green, pink, sand. In small rooms, where a small amount of natural light falls, you should not use cold shades. Small rhombuses or zigzags can be used to decorate one wall. Then the rest should be monochromatic;

  • In spacious, well-lit rooms, wallpaper with any pattern can be used. It is also permissible to paste over all walls with geometric wallpaper. But in this case, the drawing should be medium-sized and not too contrasting. Many people note that within large areas it is permissible to combine different types of geometric wallpaper – the main thing is that the pattern matches the theme. For example, large circles + small peas, etc. But it’s worth noting right away that without proper experience, it will be difficult to achieve a good result. Therefore, as a supplement, it is better to choose plain fabrics or plain wallpaper, but with a pronounced texture to match the pattern;
  • It is not recommended to use more than three different shades when building the general color scheme of the room. Many different shades are acceptable for finishing a contrasting wall, but on condition that the rest of the surfaces are monochromatic;

  • If the entire room is covered with wallpaper with a geometric pattern, it is necessary to minimize the number of decorative items, otherwise the interior will be overloaded;
  • Accent geometric finishes need to be supported by appropriate decor. For example, a similar pattern should be present on cushions, a small bedside rug, table lamp shade, or floor lamp. There should not be many such items, otherwise it will be too clumsy.

Geometric wallpaper in the interior of different rooms

Consider the most successful ways to use such a finish in different rooms:

  • For a rest room, wallpapers are better suited, on which the ornament is formed by thin, openwork stripes, or canvases with a very small print – a cage, rhombuses, circles;

  • In children’s rooms, with the help of such wallpaper, it is easy to zone the space. The play area can be more vibrant and dynamic. The rest area should be neutral, with a medium-sized pattern, so as not to irritate the child’s psyche and not cause involuntary concentration and overstrain. The pattern should be small and not frequent;

  • The ideal place for such a pattern is passage rooms, such as halls, hallways. These rooms are usually very narrow and poorly lit. A bright, but not dark, dynamic pattern will help diversify a cramped interior. This also applies to bathrooms and toilets;

  • There is room for imagination in the living room. For classics, stripes or a cage are suitable. Modern styles are aptly emphasized by rhombuses, triangles, squares or zigzags. More romantic directions, for example, Provence, are successfully combined with wave-like shapes.

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