Furniture’s striking Macintosh chair covered in Sparta
Contrast fabric is part of a smart collection of upholstered
pieces including sofas, sectionals and dining chairs. Prices
range from $929 to $1,349. Rubin’s, Milwaukee.
Continuing to dominate the 2010 design
landscape, geometrics make a bold statement in any living space.
Global influences play out with the use of strong, repetitious
patterns and shapes on everything from upholstery to picture frames.
"The look we are seeing is not just
geometric, but also very graphic," says Gregory Bonk, owner of
the Brookfield Calico Corners. "It’s a modern, confident,
youthful look that seems to be driven by our younger customers.
Florals and other traditional fabrics are still being requested, but
as we see more geometrics in the marketplace our customers are
becoming increasingly comfortable with them."
While geometrics have long been a staple of
contemporary design, they’re now being mixed with traditional
accessories and furnishings. Adding patterns and shapes can liven up
just about any room. But no matter what your style, remember to use
restraint when incorporating geometrics into a space.
Here are some tips to keep in mind from
Patty Virnig of Ivy Interiors, Brookfield:
•If you plan to use a bold geometric
fabric, keep it to one or two pieces in the room. A little goes a long
•You can mix geometrically adorned
accessories or furnishings with other geometrics, but vary the size of
the different patterns and keep colors in the same family.
•If you decide to mix a geometric with
other patterned fabrics, make sure accompanying patterns are equally
as strong or they could be overwhelmed by the geometric. Consider
muted colors to avoid a psychedelic look.
•Coordinate geometrics with textured,
tone-on-tone or solid fabrics.
•If you have geometrics on furniture,
ground the room with a more simple rug and drapes.
•Conversely, if you use geometric
wallpaper, rugs or drapes, keep fabric on furniture simple.
•If you want just a touch of geometrics,
add a throw, sheets, placemats or decorative pillows to your space.