As we prepare our family members for a return to academia and open our wallets for back to school shopping, maybe we should take a little time to “get schooled” about a popular design trend.

Geometric patterns are more popular than ever.  Everywhere, pattern is incorporated in rugs, lamps, fabrics and furniture design.  This “trend” had its beginnings long ago.  While there was a surge in the popularity of geometric prints in the seventies, the origins of the patterns date back to Ancient Greece when the mystery of mathematics and geometry was one of the most studied and earliest sciences.

While we are drawn to strong shapes and patterns, our interest is more aesthetic than scientific.  I prefer looking at geometric patterns on walls and fabrics and leave the college math to my daughter.  History and anthropology buffs will appreciate the current popularity of Ikat fabric.  Ikat is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles to produce elaborate, multicolored patterns.

If you feel unsure about how to incorporate this trend in your everyday décor, here are some “homework” assignments you might want to try:

  1. Start small with an accessory item such as a pillow or lamp.
  2. Play with scale-use both large and small scale or layer geometric patterns.
  3. Team strong patterns with traditional furniture or antiques and vintage pieces-this always creates a classic look.
  4. If you are afraid of strong prints, use them in soft, muted colors.
  5. Put June DeLugas Interiors on your “back to school” shopping list for fabulous home accessories, art and furniture.