Shapes In Design: Quatrefoil

September 16, 2015

By Tab Byrum

Last week we talked about the Alhambra jewelry from Van Cleef & Arpels that focuses on certain shapes in its design and that really got me thinking about how certain shapes are used in design for our homes, clothes and so much more. We are going to start by looking at the Quatrefoil shape, which is not only used in jewelry but once you start paying attention it’s very prolific throughout home decor from wallpaper to rugs and fabric.

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We also see the Quatrefoil or clover design in clothing and accessories, join me as we start looking at shapes in design and focus on the Quatrefoil, Enjoy!!!

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We are seeing more and more tile in a Quatrefoil shape, it really adds a lot to a backsplash.

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You can get a lot of bang for your buck using wallpaper that focuses on certain shapes, you can make it as subtle or as wild as you want.

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Here’s a great example of using a classic shape such as the Quatrefoil in jewelry design. 

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Here’s a great example of using fabric with Quatrefoil, notice it’s used on the bed skirt and the drapes. 

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I love this Quatrefoil light fixture.

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Another look at Quatrefoil tile, easy way to introduce a pattern to a kitchen or bathroom.

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This wall is made up of 8 pointed stars that form Quatrefoils where the corner points meet on the wall. 

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There’s tons of fabric out there with the Quatrefoil design on it, this black and white version is very chic. 

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Louis Vuitton has used a Quatrefoil shape on their logo leather goods for years. 

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This is the kitchen from the home of JoAnna and Chip Gaines, hosts of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, notice the Quatrefoil design on the front of the kitchen island. The island was originally a communion table from a church. 

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Isn’t this floor gorgeous? Imagine the time and labor that goes into creating something like this. 

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I see lots of Quatrefoil shaped mirrors, in all sizes. A grouping of them on a wall is a very powerful display. 

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Quatrefoil and other shapes have even found their way onto cakes. 

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Just a hint of Quatrefoil in the wallpapered ceiling of this powder bath. 

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Another Quatrefoil tiled backsplash, this time in a color combination of blue, black and white. 

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We also see the Quatrefoil in lots of furniture design. 

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This may be my favorite backsplash, I love how they used white grout to set off the Quatrefoil shaped tiles. 

All images are courtesy of Pinterest and Tumblr.

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