Geometric Curtains & Window Drapes

The right kind of pattern on your drapes is sometimes all it takes to elevate a space from dullsville to à la mode. If you think your space has gone a bit sterile and needs dynamism and energy, try our collection of geometric patterned curtains and window drapes

Geometric patterns come with a distinctive visual appeal considering their symmetrical layouts and forms, precise boundaries and easily recognisable shapes. They stimulate our visual senses to perceive a sense of order through their sequential arrangements.  Besides, the creative bandwidth of this category of drapes is extensive as each pattern comes with a different vibe and feel. 

When designing your home with geometric print drapes, the trick to achieving the best looks greatly hinges on the selection of the right pattern. Are there any secrets to making the right pick? Yes, of course, but they are not secrets any more as our in-house styling experts spill them all for you:

Move with the Theme

Drapes are one of the most reliable means of airing your decor style as they often occupy substantial vertical space. So, be strategic with your choice of drapery fabric. Given the wide range of choices available in geometric patterns, you can easily find a fabric that best conveys your style.  

Geometric prints with clean lines, bold shapes and tight palettes like our 'Palawan' are perfect for modern minimalist homes. For a Scandi-inspired home, go for streamlined stripes and, for a cosy farmhouse or country home, choose patterns that exude rustic charm such as buffalo checks. If you have an eclectic flair or bohemian leaning, think of true exotica as in fabrics like 'Acamarachi'.

If you have a strong leaning towards a particular decor style, you will instinctually move towards the theme when selecting the patterns. If your style is a melange of various styles, choose a fabric that speaks to your favoured theme or palette. A drapery like 'Dark Cloud', for example, features classical jacquard weave and contemporary colourways of neutral grey shades. Whether you’re a traditionalist or modernist, you’ll find a close buddy in this fabric.

Consider Scale & Palette

As with all patterns, geometric drapes must be planned appropriately for the space. The scale and palette are major aspects to be considered.

Overly scaled geometric prints call attention and are quite the way to make a focal point. So if you’ve picked a grand-sized pattern for your drapery, avoid bringing other bold patterns into the picture that can vie for attention. Au contraire, when you want the curtains to make a subtle impact, go for small-scaled patterns.

Similarly, high-contrast and bold-coloured geometric patterns are certain to grab attention while those with muted tones and slight contrast tend to stay quieter and sink into the background gently. Apart from deciding whether the drapes must go all-out or restrained, also make sure that they voice the palette of the room of course.

Scale and pattern work hand in hand. Amping up the scale and pattern together is a recipe for a focal point. Whereas, keeping both on the lower side makes the curtains blend into the space. 

If you’re looking to add spice without going over the top, maintain a balance by keeping a high-low relationship between scale and palette. So, if you opt for a grand scale, keep the palette understated or if you go for a medium or tiny scale, go for a striking palette.

Decide on the Level of Detail

Geometric patterns can be as simple or complex as any other pattern. The degree of complexity has a say in how much the drapery will blend or stand out in the decor, besides scale and palette. 

Large scale, striking palette and extravagant detail is an infallible recipe for a focal point. Take a look at 'Castletown', which draws attention effortlessly with its multi-coloured assortment of various types of stripes. On the other hand, 'Swirling Whimsy' with its streamlined silhouettes, is quieter despite its waviness and grand size because of minimal detailing.

Make Strategic Use of Patterns

Patterns engage the eyes and suggest a path for the mind to navigate the object it adorns. The direction of movement suggested on the drapery can often alter the entire look of the room. It can also make up or conceal some of the drawbacks of the layout or the architecture. Take advantage of this aspect to make your room look more spacious.

Use vertical-oriented patterns - like climbing vines and vertical stripes - to woo the eye upward. The mind is led to gauge the vertical space of the room. Decorate low-ceiling rooms with vertical-themed drapery to elongate the room optically.

Similarly, you can make a space feel more expansive by choosing drapes with horizontal geometric patterns, as they make the eye travel on the horizontal plane making the room seem wider than it is.

Combine with Suitable Patterns

Although geometric curtains can zhuzh up a quiet space sufficiently, sometimes, the craving for patterns doesn’t stop there. Especially in decor styles that layer colours and patterns generously, you may want to pair your geometric curtains with other patterns. And, thanks to the wide variety of motifs within this category, the range of patterns that can go with them is also just as wide.

When layering pattern on pattern, strike a balance between curved and sharp-edged motifs. These polar-opposite shapes complement each other and create visual balance when blended. So, if you have curvy patterns at play in items like pillows, rugs or table runners, complement them with straight-patterned geometric drapes. In this way, you can add visual interest and create balance.

Also remember that contrary to popular belief, geometric patterns come not only with straight lines but also curved. Curvy geometric patterns feel more gentle to the eye even as they may lure attention effortlessly. Take a look at 'Blissful Gardencurtains for an example. Straight patterns as in 'Mulhouse', however, do a better job of anchoring the design. The key to finding the right drapery is in creating a tasteful commingling of these shapes.

Pay special attention to scale and palette when combining patterns. If your geometric curtains are meant to be the focal point, tone down the scale and palette of other patterns in the room. Design all the patterns with a common palette to make them look more cohesive and well put together. 

Select a Suitable Heading Style

Heading style refers to the top header of the curtain. Your heading style choice should go hand in hand with your choice of geometric print and the decor style, besides the functional requirements.

If you have squared down on a vintage print like gingham, for example, a heading style that echoes its rusticity is apt - think of tab tops or rod pocket style with a frilly header on top. Similarly, if your fabric has a more modern, minimalist geometric pattern - like a clean stripe for example - consider a heading style like grommet top or wave fold - to ring in a streamlined vibe. 

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Whether it is to carve out a focal point or to subtly blend with the space, geometric patterns offer you an enormous range of choices arching from the modern to the classical and the minimal to the elaborate. You can style your geometric drapes to further your tastes and interests with the help of the tips enumerated above. 

If geometric prints are exactly what you need to enliven your space, go ahead and shop your heart out right away from our curated fabric collections. But, if you aren’t just yet determined on the type of patterns, do browse through our vast collections of patterned drapes of every kind. Have a great experience shopping at The White Window and find us just a call away for all your queries!