The honeycomb pattern's universal appeal can be credited to its presence in nature, art and architecture. The adoption of the natural hexagonal structure by humans was apparent in ancient Greek, Islamic, and Chinese civilizations and has continued to be relevant to all aspects of design through the centuries. These patternmaking tutorials from the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcase the simplicity of the organic design and its creation within the space of repeating patterns common to Islamic art. Throughout history, the natural architecture of bees has served as a model for an ideal society.
The motif became especially popular and more accessible in the 1930s when jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels introduced the "Ludo" bracelet composed of articulated hexagonal ribbons. The honeycomb structure (as well as the design of manmade apiaries) influenced the work of Modernist architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier, which is how it became so popular in home décor today.
We’ve gathered together an array of accessories boasting a design as sweet as honey.
Desk via Dekris Design
Lighting Fixtures via Jimon Light
Bookcase via Cb2
White Vases via Neiman Marcus
Vecco's "Buzz-Worthy" Rug Kit
With our “Buzz-Worthy” kit, you can create this harmonious pattern on a rug and introduce this motif to your own room.
From the Studio: The Buzz about Honeycomb
Using tape to add exceptional DIY elements to your home seems to be a rising trend as of late. Everywhere from walls to floors, tape can be your crafty BFF. Here are some of our favorites from around the web!
The Duct Tape Eames Chair
While there's no way I'd do this on an Eames chair in good condition, this is a great idea for sprucing up an old knock-off. See the full how-to via Bibliomania.
Taped Flower Vessels
A cute and affordable way to change the look of old vases to match new decor. This is also a great idea for coordinating a tables cape for a party! See the full how-to via A Creative Mint.
The Coolest Wall on the Web
This wall is beyond what I ever thought could be possible. Apartment dwellers may even be able to pull it off, but it's super custom look is worth the work! Get the deets on Vintage Revivals.
Molding Fake Out
This is by far the easiest way to take your wall decor up a notch without making a dent in your budget. See the full how-to on The Sweetest Digs.
One Rad Runner
Using tape with Vecco is one of the most satisfying ways to make a cool rug design. Almost anyway you lay down the tape will result in a fun design. Here, we combined tape and stencils to create a one-of-a-kind runner for your favorite hallway at home. Follow the steps below. For more ideas on how to use tape with Vecco, check out our Rocky Jewels runner.
1. You will need masking tape in three different widths.
2. You will need a Charmed Sparrow Stencil.
3. Runner in Pudding.
4. Using the aid of a ruler, apply tape from one end to the other.
5. Continue using tape in different lengths, varying the spaces between tape.
6. Spray Purple Play colorant lightly by spraying at a height of 24-30 inches.
7. Dab tape with paper towel.
8. Place your stencil and spray Flint Stone colorant.
9. Dab your stencil, tape, remove and repeat.
Many of us can think of a rug we have that has seen better days. Pet stains, spilled wine, faded colors, not your style anymore. Now you can teach an old rug new tricks! But how do you know what colors to add? What shapes? This is best done in a few steps. Here is a rug and room with soft winter whites, pastels, and creatures of the wild!
- Gray chest of drawers
- Deer Poster
- Side Table
- Elephant Planter
Step one, The Rug:
Try to get a handle on what the predominant colors are on your rug. If you can use Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, great! Otherwise, paint chips will do the trick.
Step two, The Room:
Go through the same color palette exercise with your room. This may take a little longer, and maybe more difficult to pinpoint, but the good news is with a few accessory swaps, the color palette of your room can be quite flexible!
Step three, The Colors:
What are some common colors between the rug and the room? Are there certain colors that you know will go with both? These are the Vecco colors that will be best to use. For our project, we chose Pink Fizz
and Shadow Gray
Step four, The Shapes:
Look for shapes that are shared between the rug and the room. In this case, it's bold stripes! We used the Laughing Lines #2
stencil to tie it together.
WHERE THE WILD RUGS ARE!
Valentine's Day can be a let down. New Year's Eve = amateur hour. But Halloween is a holiday that can be celebrated so many ways, it's hard to be let down. In honor of this spoooooky day, we put together a fun and freaky front entrance. Just imagine sitting in that chair dressed like a zombie, or passing out in it from an overdose of tootsie roll pops. (I don't think that's actually possible, but work with me here.) And when it's time to count your candy, sprawl out with the kids on our fab skulls and kisses rug!
- Vecco Rug
- Wire Lantern
- Tea Set
- Bowl cover
- Fireflies Lamp
SKULLS AND KISSES STEP-BY-STEP
1. You will need a 5 x 3 Rug in Techno Grey
2. Find the center point in your rug, place the DANGER! stencil on bottom center.
3. Spray Shadow Grey colorant on skull part only.
4. Place paper towel to absorb extra color on stencil and leave.
5. Spray Orange Candy colorant on bones part only.
6. Place paper towel to absorb extra color and remove all paper towels.
7. Remove stencil.
8. It should look like this!
9. On the upper half size center stencil and apply colorant just as before.
10. Find the center line again and repeat.
11. It should look like this.
12 Continue spraying with your stencil down the length of the rug, and then start working across.
SKULLS AND KISSES FROM THE STUDIO!
After a summer of dreamy pastels and bright whites, it can be nice to bundle up again in the rich colors of fall. Some of our favorite color trends for fall are cobalt, wines and reds and gold. While we were scouring the web for the perfect wardrobe accessories, we pulled together some decor items for a super fun, fall room. High drama, deep colors, and a touch on the costume side.
1. Rug: Vecco
STEP BY STEP
While we created a runner for this one, the Blue Bells Ringing Stencil and the Fleur de Lis Stencil #3 are flexible enough that they could be used on any size rug. For this runner you will need 1 runner in pudding, 1 can of Merlot , 1 can of Coffee Bean, 1 can of Golden Pear, 2 cans of sealant, 1 Blue Bells Ringing Stencil and a Fleur de Lis Stencil #3.
1. Vacuum your rug and place it flat.
2. Place Blue Bells Ringing Stencil in the middle of the rug.
3. Cover around stencil and areas that won't be colored, spray a light layer of Golden Pear.
4 Spray a light layer of Coffee Bean colorant.
5. Dab stencil and remove
6. It should look like this.
7. Using masking tape cover the bottom areas of Fleur de Lis Stencil #3 as shown.
8. Place stencil and spray a light layer of Golden Pear and Coffee Bean colorant.
9. It should look like this, you can use a ruler to help you align the shapes.
10. Rotate Stencils and repeat process on opposite side. It should look like this.
11-13 Repeat but using light layers of Merlot and Coffee Bean colorant.
14. Repeat on opposite side.
15. Continue pattern, look! It's almost done!
FROM THE STUDIO: MODERN BAROQUE WITH COBALT, WINE & GOLD