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The Geometry of Space Making

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on June 24, 2014 at 02:38 PM

Not only is interior design about a pleasing visual aesthetic for a room or building, it is also a very mathematical technique. An interior designer uses shapes and sizes, and the relative positions and properties of any area they're designing - all key concepts in geometry. Symmetry - another factor in geometry, is also used in creating an ideal space.

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The beauty of geometry is that it does not have any boundary. There are different ways you can incorporate geometry into your home. You can use geometrical motifs on fabrics with the same ease that you use them on your walls and your flooring. But that’s not where it ends; the theme can also find its way in the arrangement of wall hangings or the way memorabilia is laid out in your homes - geometry is everywhere.

Quintessentially, geometry gives semblance to space. It’s the true foundation of design, and automatically adds structure, both spatial and aesthetical, to your rooms, either in the form of circles, square, triangles or more complicated geometrical shapes. We only have to find it, and you see it everywhere- in tiling on the floors, in wallpaper patters, on rugs and carpets, and even accessories around your home. Most things that are aesthetically pleasing often have a geometric explanation for why they are appealing to many. In the end, geometry in interior design is what separates a good design, from a great design. So how does one use colours within geometry without it looking loud and garish?

You can never go wrong with a favourite geometric rug or a curtain textile. The colours one uses need to accentuate, and not overwhelm. The simplest solution is to use a blend of neutral colours, covering a palette of pastels, tones and tints, letting the geometry come front and centre, and be the primary focus of the core. Mix and match your checkerboard quilt with dark tones, or your floor with hexagons in pastels. The idea is to have fun, and let the two complement each other. 

The secret to creating the perfect blend is to make a bold statement with design. Contrast your geometry with florals, and your shapes with stripes, and see your geometric prints contrast in a definite cohesive manner.  However, these ideas work only as long as the aforementioned patterns complement each other, otherwise even the simplest of such schemes can spell disaster- leading to a hotchpotch of patterns that don’t make sense.

But patterns of geometry aren’t only taking the design world by storm because of their aesthetical appeal. It’s a fact that subtle accents of geometry can truly speak volumes, pun intended, thereby helping in creating the illusion of much-needed space. Geometry makes everything fit together like a giant jigsaw puzzle, freeing up space, and making a small space look lavish and spectacular. Every space needs a little geometry and pattern to make it come alive.

The list of ways geometry can be incorporated into your home is endless, just like the infinite number of geometric shapes that exist in nature. One can always follow a number of basic tips that can spruce up your living spaces.  Liven up an otherwise simple-yet-sparse setup with a geometric rug, or a duvet with an appealing repetitive pattern to create interesting focal points. Or simply use the tone of geometry lavishly in a series of wallpapers, coverings and paneling. Nothing says geometry like a funky, eclectic wall hanging artistically arranged on your living room wall. It slides the focus off from small volumes, and creates interesting set-ups to live in.

The easiest option is to always experiment with room layouts. Go bold by opting for a circular or hexagonal arrangement, rather than going for the tried-and-tested rectangular setups. The real secret is to go crazy, and let geometry do the rest!

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