July 25, 2011

Modern Quatrefoil

I came across these beautiful, quatrefoil inspired curtains at zgallerie the other day and fell head over heels in love with the bold, graphic print.

It got me on a kick of looking for other items for the home that are using this beautiful, ancient design element in modern design.

The quatrefoil is a symmetrical shape that was used heavily in traditional Christian symbolism as well as Gothic Revival and Renaissance architecture.  It its most basic form, it takes four circles of the same diameter and partially overlaps them, much like the look of a four leaf clover.

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In modern design, the quatrefoil has taken on more design elements and moved away from its strictly circular design.  But the results are no less beautiful.  This gorgeous pillow over at Amazon is striking.

While the design can be ornate, the basic gist of it is very symmetrical, so it is an easy, yet powerful way to brighten up any space.  Beth at Home Stories A to Z created this gorgeous entryway with a simple stencil.

And Karyn at Kayboo Creations transformed this dresser with a similar technique.

One of the things I love about the design is that it can translate to anything.  Just check out this beautiful light fixture from Regina Andrew Design, available at Layla Grace.

And if I didn’t already have my wedding china, I would soooooooooo totally register for these stunning Reichenbach porcelain settings.

Even a small, unassuming side table becomes something more than special when allowed to shine with a quatrefoil design.  This ‘Tini Table’ from Oomph is available in a whole host of colors and surfaces.

 

Have you added any quatrefoil to your home design lately?

One Response to “Modern Quatrefoil”

  1. Beth@A2Z Says:
    August 5th, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks for including my foyer into your mix. For the completed version (and slightly better photos) click here: http://www.homestoriesatoz.com/2011/07/stenciled-foyer.html