Today’s colour and pattern extravaganza has a practical use – contemporary geometric wallpapers. They’re a fantastic way to add colour and pattern to your home, and don’t have to be overpowering as there are lots of subtle designs in calm, neutral shades or minimal monochrome to choose from. That said, if you want to go all out and indulge your inner colour lover there’s no shortage of striking patterns in beautiful brights.
So here are six of our favourite contemporary geometric wallpapers. Their influences vary from a wildly colourful kaleidoscope-inspired design to characterful hounds – via the Pyramids of Egypt and other Eastern influences. I hope you enjoy them.
Contemporary geometric wallpapers 2016
It’s hard not to fall for The Dogs Wallpaper by Barneby Gates. From a distance it’s a large scale contemporary hounds tooth pattern, up close you can start to make out the intertwined canine shapes that make up the motif. This creative duo design a whole range of contemporary wallpapers, geometric and otherwise, that often incorporate subtle metallic finishes and usually a touch of humour too. Plus they’re produced in the UK at one of the few remaining print works in the Midlands using traditional printing techniques.
Create brain-confounding Escher-style optical effects with this Luxor wallpaper. From Cole & Son, it’s inspired by the famed Egyptian tomb site and features an illusory and intricate trellis design. Orange and pink together are always a winner for me, but there are five other colourways to choose from including calm neutrals and a deep and moody charcoal which seems to turn the pattern inside out all over again (if that seems possible).
There’s a distinctly mid-century feel to Scion’s Modul Wallpaper in this calm blush colourway. The spare, graphic triangles conjure up all sorts of images – one minute I’m thinking mountains, the next it’s teepees and then again how about sailing yachts scudding about on a breezy sea?
I’ve long been a fan of Sian Elin’s clean, contemporary designs, and although she does lots of gorgeous colour I’ve chosen her Etoile wallpaper for its perfect monochrome blend of intricacy and simplicity. Indeed, she describes her wallpapers as a “unique blend of Scandinavian style with Eastern pattern”.
With her design studio based in Cardiff, Sian’s wallpapers are printed in the North of England using eco-friendly water-based inks.
More Scandi simplicity from modern Danish brand Ferm LIVING. If I was thinking of painting a room deep blue, I’d be very tempted to go for this Lines wallpaper instead, with it’s minimal, graphic lines picked out in a subtle gold. It’s from the Very Special Collection which consists of surface printed watercolour wallpapers produced by using traditional printing techiniques dating back to the 1800’s. They also used a non-woven paper, making it easier and faster to hang.
There’s nothing quiet or subtle about my last choice, a bright, colourful contemporary geometric wallpaper that would definitely be a talking point. It’s the Prism Wallpaper by Cole & Son, featuring kaleidoscopic shards of pinks, oranges, purples, greens and blues.
This bright colour palette definitely talks to my colour-loving soul, but would I be brave enough to put it on a wall? I’d definitely need to think about that one. How about you?