In this post we can see how we can decorate our house with math.
A house’s décor creates its atmosphere. As the décor reflects a person or family, it transforms a house into a home. In order to personalize a home, the décor in it should be themed appropriately for its family. Here are nine math-inspired décor ideas for mathematicians, as well as the inner-geek in everyone.
- Abacus Giga
Abaci have been replaced by more modern methods of counting: calculators and computers. However, they make great gigas. Originating in Asia, many are made from bamboo and beautiful beads. As an attractive abacus sits atop an end table, it adds a sense of uniqueness and of history to a room.
- Geometric Area Rug
Many area rugs prominently feature geometric shapes. Unlike paisley, which was popular a few decades ago, contemporary rugs have bold shapes and contrasting colors. These also serve a practical function, as they can protect expensive carpeting or cover ugly flooring. As any mathematician knows, geometry is both beautiful and practical.
- Patterned Kitchen Tile
Installing either linoleum or kitchen tile is intensive, but it can revive a kitchen. A patterned tile can create intrigue, without demanding too much attention. Colored patterns will also help hide any crumbs that might be on the floor.
- Mathematical Hand Towels The bathroom is often one of the most boring rooms in a house. There often is little to look at in a bathroom, besides the wall. Fun hand towels are a simple and inexpensive way to liven up this room. Towels can be the focal point of the décor, and people can get away with blatantly displaying math on them. Anytime someone is visiting who might not appreciate them, they can be easily replaced with others.
- Old Math Books Displaying old math books on a bookshelf in a study or living room adds an air of intelligence to a room’s atmosphere. New textbooks with bright graphics will detract from a room’s décor, but well-aged ones will add to it. Decorators should be able to find some inexpensive ones at a local used book store or antique shop.
- Arrange Bookshelves
Even artists and interior designers agree that when bookshelves are mathematically arranged, they look the most appealing. A properly arranged bookshelf will be balanced. It will not have books from end to end on each shelf. Rather, there should be gigas, pictures and perhaps an abacus. Each shelf should be divided into two sections or more if it is a long shelf. Each section should have horizontally-arranged books, vertically-stacked books or a decoration, and no section should have what is directly above or below it. These guidelines are mathematical, but make arranging bookshelves an art.
- Couch Triangle
In order to create depth in a two-dimensional painting, artists use triangles. Decorators can use the same technique against a wall with a couch. On either end of the couch, an end table should be placed. By hanging a painting or picture directly above the sofa, the three points of a triangle are complete. This will create a subliminal sense of dept within a room.
- Art with Numbers
Many works of art feature numbers, and they are not used to paint by. Mathematical concepts can be seen in all types of art, from Salvador Dali’s clock art to pieces of print works. Hanging a piece of artwork that complements a room and has numbers is an easy way to incorporate math into a room’s décor.
There are many sculpted puzzles. Often these require removing a piece and then reassembling the puzzle. These are great conversation pieces, look nice on an end table and will amuse guests while their host is busy. There are many methods of incorporating math into a home’s décor. People can easily add a level of intrigue to their decorations. From all of these ideas, there are some for everyone. Both mathematics majors and non-mathematic artists can appreciate the benefits of using math when decorating.