06 Aug Transform with Texture
Texture is all about how things feel and the sense of touch. It can lead to how you emotionally react to an item or space and brings life and energy to a room. When starting a new design project consider; what colour scheme do I want to go for? What style? Why type of furniture do I want to add to that room? Texture also needs to be considered.
Texture is one of those elements that usually gets overlooked when it comes to transforming your home. Every surface has a texture. Tactile texture is where you can touch and feel the surface. Visual texture is what we perceive the texture may feel like based on our memory from previously touching a similar item or surface.
Where to use Texture
Wall and Floor Coverings
Wooden floorboards, tiles and concrete flooring all have their own textured finishes. Carpets come in in all sorts of textures; shag pile, short pile, woolen or synthetic to cowhide. Hang artwork or wallpaper to add texture to a flat painted wall.
Fabrics and Textiles
These are one of the easiest ways to add texture to your home. Fluffy or stain cushions, linen pillow covers, through to knitted throws and blankets and sheer curtains all give different look and feel to a room.
Wooden tables and benches are a great way to add textured warmth to a room. A smooth or stone benchtop or a glossy shiny side table can create an interesting focal point.
Indoor plants are great texture items. Glass vases through to matte finished concrete plant pots or candle holders can be used to enhance a space.
Start with larger items such as a sofa or chair then add smaller soft furnishings and add homewares until the room feels complete. Test with multiple items together to see what works and feels right. Think about rough and smooth, hard and soft and the contrast it creates. Try not to fill the space with too many conflicting elements, sometimes less is more.