Within any given room that’s featured in a magazine there’ll be certain aspects that really catch your eye. These are what we like to call “areas of visual interest.”
Interior designs have been using this technique for years, making the most of their budget by investing in a few select pieces that specifically draw the gaze. They come in many forms, from over-sized lamps to, more recently, 70’s inspired mosaic tiles.
Whether you’re working on a tight budget, sprucing up your existing décor or even doing a total overhaul of your interior, this is an important trick to master.
A recent trend that works perfectly with the “areas of visual interest” concept, is one of our favourites; geometric shapes. The clean angular lines and regular patterns of all things geometric, make anything in this style a great way to cheer up a room that’s looking a little drab.
But before you dive head first into the homeware section and start choosing new pieces for your home, there are a few things you should first consider:
- Does the piece fit in to the existing theme of your room?
For your new geo piece to meld seamlessly in to your desired room, make sure it sits well with any colours or patterns you already have. Don’t just dump some monochrome geo cushions in your floral/vintage living room and hope for the best. They’re going to look out of place and do more harm than good. Whilst some variation between individual pieces is very fashionable this year, such as multiple shades of grey or different natural textures, there should also be consistency.
- Do you have a space in mind?
Location is key if you want your new pieces to become areas of visual interest. Don’t hide them away behind layers of ornaments, or behind houseplants, let them take centre stage for maximum effect. Frame a large print and hang it above your sofa, lay a runner down your hallway to invite guests in, or go for a bedspread with a stand-out pattern. However you approach the task, you’ll find it much easier to match items to a specific space, rather than just hoping you’ll find somewhere to stick them.
- Do you know when to stop?
A word of caution; it is most definitely possible to go way over-board here. Too many standout pieces and your room will go from making a striking impact, to being a mess of loud patterns all screaming to be heard. Remember, a few select pieces is all you need to make a statement.
When it comes to bringing the trend in to your home, we have a few suggestions of our own, but feel free to be as creative as you like. Don’t worry about things looking a little zany; quirky and unique are most definitely in this year.
- If you’re feeling crafty, try covering a cheap coffee table with some geo patterned self-adhesive vinyl for a cool, modern look that won’t break the bank.
- Give your room a new look and feel with a geometric metal shade on your lights. Pair these with a vintage looking filament bulb to create a vibe that wouldn’t go amiss in the coolest of places.
- For those of us who didn’t inherit the DIY gene (that’s me too, if you were wondering), a patterned rug, throw or set of cushions is an easy and effective solution. What’s more, they’re non-permanent, so you won’t lose your flat deposit either!
Go back and read over our advice again just to make sure you didn’t miss anything and we’re you’ll be more than capable of creating something very special in your own home. So, get your tape measure out, take some photos of your room for reference, and start shopping!
If you’re looking for somewhere to start, you could try our geometric collection.