Squared Away: 4 Reasons to Use Square Shapes in Your Décor

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Design & Image: Tribe, Photography: Murray Fredericks

We are all receiving constant impressions from our environments—it’s one of those things you’re not usually consciously aware of—but it is happening nonetheless. Because of this, good interior design will help support your daily existence in ways beyond providing a pleasing space—ways that might largely remain a mystery to you. Today I’d like to take a look at some of the benefits of including square shapes in your décor.

Create A Sense of Order

There’s no denying that an orderly set of squares can help provide a sense of order—we use that very system of order whenever we use graph paper, for good reason—and even a subtle series of square black tiles with black grout, like the pattern shown above, will do the trick.

Actually Create Order

Squared Away: 4 Reasons to Use Square Shapes in Your Décor

Image: Katie Quinn Davies on Design Sponge

Even better than some subliminal order, this square mirror includes a handy built-in ledge via its deep wooden frame. There’s real order for you.

Create A Sense of Space

Squared Away: 4 Reasons to Use Square Shapes in Your Décor

Image: Bieke Claessens on Bloesem

The orderliness that is inherent in the square shape is used to great effect in the above décor because it’s been married with a smart use of scale. There’s a terrific sense of space created by the smaller square art piece placed at the bottom of a tall rectangular wall molding. This room feels instantly more refined because of it.

Create More Head Space

Squared Away: 4 Reasons to Use Square Shapes in Your Décor

Image: Folkhem via SF Girl by Bay

There’s something about looking out at the world through a square window—again, the calming influence of the square shape works to help expand your own internal space.

How will you get squared away by using square shapes in your décor?

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of JapaneseTrash.com, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite (ruraltheory.com) and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (thenovogratz.com), Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.