4 Simple Ways to Fake Frank Lloyd Wright-Like Details in Your Home

published Sep 19, 2019
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As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder—especially when it comes to interior design. However, we’re pretty sure we can all agree that Frank Lloyd Wright’s aesthetic is universally, timelessly appealing. Sure, Wright had a huge presence in the Midwest, but he left behind a legacy of global proportions.

Known for his signature Prairie style, the architect-slash-designer had a knack for creating homes that were equal parts stylish, cozy, and practical. But while Wright’s organic style is beloved by all design enthusiasts, bringing the late icon’s aesthetic into your own home is easier said than done. One false move and you can wind up with a space that feels too cozy or too modern.

To help, we asked several design experts on how to bring the Wright aesthetic (pun intended) into any space. Though their answers run the gamut from incorporating geometric patterns to experimenting with different materials, one thing’s for sure: Getting the look isn’t as difficult as you’d think!

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Mix and Match Materials

One look at Wright’s Fallingwater—a structure compromised of cantilevered stone, concrete, steel, glass, and wood—proves that it pays off to veer away from the straight and narrow. According to interior designer John McClain, juxtaposing different materials is a sure-fire way to capture Wright’s je n’ais se quoi.

“When drooling over FLW interiors, take note of the mix of materials,” he says. “Take those cues and mix things up in your own home.

The architect-cum-designer had a penchant for brick, wood, and glass; however, you should use your decorating discretion to find a combination that works with your home.

“It’s easy to get stuck in a rut of trying to match every single piece, but the really interesting designs are a combination of different elements,” McClain adds.

But, as interior designer Maggie Griffin proves, you can also mix and match your accessories.

“His creative mix of wood tones and jewel-toned hues can be achieved with a new blanket or throw, a few velvet pillows, or a chunky Art Deco-style rug,” she says.

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Put Mother Nature First

Truth is, where you place your home decor can add some serious Wright charm to your space. Take your materials to the next level by configuring your layout with care.

“Furniture, plants, and lights, particularly placed near windows can help to create a seamless integration between the inside and out,” says Steve Glenn, co-founder and CEO of Plant Prefab.

Even if you live in a four-floor walkup in the middle of a bustling metropolis, bringing a little nature into your space will help create the illusion you’re crashing in one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s idyllic spaces.

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Keep it Simple

Sorry, maximalists: Excess is simply not the Praire way. If Glenn could have built a house designed in partnership with Wright, he would for opt for a pared-back aesthetic.

“The idea is to create spaces that are devoid of extraneous materials, colors, textures,” Glenn adds. “As Le Corbusier puts it, ‘less is more.'”

Need some help with creating a minimalist home? Our 15 decluttering tips are here to save your space.

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Go Crazy With Geometry

Sure, Wright might’ve favored a more simplistic layout, but even he couldn’t resist a great print. From his eye-catching stained glass designs to his righteously retro prints, there’s no denying the architect-slash-designer had a soft spot for geometry.

“Frank Lloyd Wright mastered the art of geometric design,” says Jade Joyner, co-founder and principal designer at Metal + Petal. “I love to incorporate geometric shapes, patterns, and motifs into interiors to add the perfect flair.”

To create the look in your own space, Joyner recommends adding a nice ’60s-inspired chair or coating your crib in a geometric wallpaper or fabric. How groovy!