Trend Alert: Op Art That'll Turn Your Home Into a Beautiful Illusion
Works of art are meant to be admired from all angles, and that's the beauty of Optical art: It changes depending on the vantage point. Originally popular in the 1960s, the abstract art form utilizes optical illusions to trick the eye into seeing movement among geometric shapes and patterns. We're entranced by these modern rooms and dizzying décor finds that make our eyes and minds wander. Consider it a chic throwback to your “Magic Eye” books from the ’90s. Keep scrolling for 10 Op art–inspired rooms that are pure magic.
Op art makes a bold statement piece in any room, especially living rooms. The graphic black-and-white stripes create a vibrating sensation off bright white walls, balancing graphic elements with über chic gold, marble, and velvet surfaces.
The graphic black-and-white geometric tiles create a fiercely modern fireplace in this eclectic living room by Consort Design. The balance of positive and negative space in the tile pattern is a signature of optical patterns, keeping the eye moving from shape to shape.
Inspired by Optical artist Josef Albers, designer Florence Lopez plays with depth perception in this colorful living room with a painted graphic mural. Layered square shapes fool our eyes with a faux window.
In furniture, Op art–inspired geometric shapes add texture and depth to a monochromatic surface. The shadows and light may change based on perspective, but the cool factor of a room built from layered black and white shapes is constant.
The tessellations in this tile floor turn two-dimensional diamonds into three-dimensional cubes, based on the shading effect created by combining black and white with gray. The result? A floor that appears both horizontal and vertical at the same time.
Bright shapes have been carefully arranged to create a gradient color transition and add a sense of depth to this colorful but minimal apartment. We can’t help but smile as happy warm tones keep our eyes dancing around the space and bouncing off the walls.
Consider going wild with optical walls. Black-and-white Op art–inspired bedroom wallpaper just might be the best part of waking up, instantly engaging your eyes and mind to add energy to your morning.
We’ve got tunnel vision for the abstract circles in this green room, with the Op art creating the effect of peering through a giant peephole on the wall. Unexpected color choices nod to quirky palettes and combinations popular during the 1960s, the trend’s original heyday.
The pattern on this upholstered dining room banquette juxtaposes the act of sitting still with the eyes’ active movement. Complemented by the simplicity of black and white walls along with a white table, this upholstery is the ultimate conversation piece for any meal.
This living room pairs classic Parisian chic décor with large-scale Op art—the warped linear patterns add new shapes to an otherwise sleek and smooth space. The circular distortions give the effect of concavity, opening up the lounge area the way mirrors do. Because, at the end of the day, who doesn’t mind a trick of the eye that makes a room feel grander?