Going graphic – key looks to strike the right note

Tempted to add graphic notes to your home? Here are five ways to inject the trend

Graphics are a simple way to add pattern and colour to a scheme. The current trend for geometrics injects a sophisticated effect due to the repetitive but clean-lined nature of their pattern. The key is to introduce subtle effects in unexpected places. Here are the looks we love:

Make a splash

Graphics in monochrome always create a timeless effect. Add interest by playing with different scales and shapes. Here, traditional metro tiles are seen in a black colourway rather than the usual white, and the look is reversed in the black and white geometric wallpaper beyond where the effect is more delicate. Keep the look plain but striking – in this bathroom a utilitarian light fitting, a framed mirror and a crisp white towel edged in contrasting black keep the look smart.

Totally floored

Try unexpected additions, such as a smart geometric rug, graphic vinyl flooring in an otherwise simple scheme, patterned fretwork doors for a subtle effect, or a chair upholstered in a geometric fabric, contrasted with clean lines and smart piping. Bold artwork can also add visual interest to a scheme. Build up the effect slowly, bearing in mind that less is more. Here the dominant colour of the rug is picked up in block hued cushions.

Create a cocoon

Papering a compact area like a hallway or a cloakroom in a geometric like this adds instant depth and interest as well as creating a visual link between one room and the next. ‘When decorating with graphics or texture, stick to a restrained palette, use good quality materials and accessorise with accents of stronger colour and pattern,’ advises designer Tori Murphy. ‘The key is to build up layers and play with the unexpected, such as pairing natural materials with bold prints. If you feel passionate about a colour or material, go for it. It’s also worth buying the best quality you can afford.’

Style statement

A tiled splashback is the natural focus of this smart, streamlined kitchen, adding a bold graphic note to an otherwise utterly plain scheme. If you plan to create the same effect, keep everything else simple to avoid visual overload. Clever touches such as the shelf above the splashback echo the pattern of the tiles for a cohesive look.

Wall art

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Try playing with scale when it comes to wall treatments. in this living room scheme, the large wood panelling echos the smaller geometric shapes of the papered walls. The look is clean and crisp but full of visual interest, while opting for softer hues such as sage green and cream is easier on the eye in a living room than a bold black and white monochrome. Keep soft furnishings simple to add contrast to a busy wall.

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