Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

COVERING ALL ANGLES; Get on the Right Lines at Home with Geometric Shapes and Patterns. GABRIELLE FAGAN Gets Mathematical

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

COVERING ALL ANGLES; Get on the Right Lines at Home with Geometric Shapes and Patterns. GABRIELLE FAGAN Gets Mathematical

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Byline: GABRIELLE FAGAN

EVEN if you hated maths at school, it could be time to brush up on your geometry, as decor focuses on shapes and angles in the coming months.

Lines, triangles, hexagons, chevrons and circles are proliferating in pattern and are a must-have not just for this season but beyond, as they feature strongly in autumn collections.

"Geometrics are a popular choice for bringing pattern into the home, with sharp, angular designs such as zigzags and graphic prints currently leading the way as favourites," says Kate Tansley, creative director at Multiyork.

"Softer on the eye, circular geometric-style prints are also making an impact and are a great way to introduce the trend into a space and give it a stylish uplift. Geometric patterns lend themselves perfectly to fabric and can easily turn functional furniture, like a sofa or chair, into a striking statement piece."

"Art Deco-inspired interiors, with their characteristic geometric lines and patterns, are enjoying a renaissance," agrees Karen Anderson, editor at online interiors company, Alison At Home.

'Last year's Great Gatsby film had a big influence, fashion''s embraced pattern and shapes as well. Perhaps more significantly, we''re living through cash-poor times, and the fact that this trend so effortlessly creates a sense of Ferm PS75, opulence makes it very desirable. If you really want a 'wow' factor introduce geometrics in monochrome or gold."

So forget Pythagoras theorem and all that baffles - the correct answer is to sum up your style with glamorous geometric shapes.

MONO MAGIC DEVOTEES of neutrals have known all along that colour may be cool for the moment, but clean, sharp monochrome or fashionable smoky grey schemes have timeless appeal and suit any interior.

"People often think these patterns can only work in bold bright colours, but that''s a misconception because they work equally well in monochrome or grey palettes," says Katie Watson, interior designer at furniture specialists, Fishpools.

TIP: When it comes to shapes, the look you create will depend on the lines and angles pick. Curved lines give geometrics a retro twist, whereas sharper angles look more contemporary.

DO YOUR SUMS: WORK the room with patterned walls or flooring. A monochrome pattern of squares on the Mardi Gras 599 Sagres Vinyl Flooring, from CarpetRight, could enhance a feeling space in a room, and is a snip at PS12.99 per square metre.

Just one piece can make a statement, and Lucien easy chair can be upholstered in Tessalate Raven fabric with a triangle pattern, from PS1,162, Parker Knoll.

Experiment with the look before you commit by adding a few accessories, such as a Conran Modern Pop Colour Rug, from PS129 (available from August 18), Marks and Spencer, or an Op Art Espresso Cup Set, PS9. …

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