ISSUE 12  |  Spring Forward

Go Big or Go Home: 10 Geometric Painted Walls

March 25, 2014 3:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

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If these walls were a Myers-Briggs personality type, they might be an ENFP (extraversion, intuition, feeling, and perception). They’re energetic, abstract, and silently break all the rules. There is likely nothing more fearless in interior design than approaching a wall with an elaborate pattern in a multitude of colors. Just in time for a seasonal shift, here’s a roundup of 10 wild patterns painted on floors, across walls, and even extending onto ceilings.

Above: German painter Ernst Caramelle addresses a South London gallery wall as he would a canvas. Photograph from Mary Mary Gallery in the UK.

Above: Geometric shapes in different colors meet at a point on the wall, photographed for New Zealand catalogue Sett Digital.

Above: A bold dining room by French interior designer Sarah Lavoine has a Mondrian appeal; photograph from Est Magazine.

Above: A Florence Lopez-designed house featured in Elle Decor and discovered on French by Design.

Above: Painted circles in blue and red revolve around an elongated pink triangle on the studio wall of Melbourne artist Esther Stewart; photograph via The Design Files.

Above: Artist Jessica Stockholder paints a strip of ochre pigment on the floor that extends up along the wall and across the ceiling in red in a MoMA PS1 Artists’ Studio installation.

Above: Parisian art director Jean-Christophe Aumas experiments with triangles and squared-off edges in pink, yellow, and two shades of blue in Steal This Look: A Playful Parisian Apartment.

Above: Painted parquet floors pattern the HumlegÃ¥rden Apartment in Stockholm designed by Swedish architecture firm Tham Videgard Hansson. Each room in the apartment has a color scheme that represents the changing seasons seen in the park just outside.

Above: Captured on a tri-colored wall: the moment where simple color blocking turns into a full-blown pattern. Photograph by Petra Bindel.

Above: White circular forms against a black wall function as a headboard in the home of Marni designer Consuelo Castiglione on the Spanish island of Formentera. Photograph from In Decora.

Above: Pale pink and cool tones collide in an interior photographed by Tia Borgsmidt seen on French by Design.

For more color and pattern, see 10 Bold Color-Blocked Bedrooms, and 10 Geometric Stenciled Floors. Looking for floral prints for the wall? See Gardenista’s post on Leafy Wallpaper Patterns.