Texture adds depth and intrigue to a space. When designing, you should not only consider the colors and hues that you are going to include, but also which textures you want to incorporate. Texture is very appealing in décor, as it is both visual and tactile.
When the California Closets team visited the Milan Furniture Fair in the Spring of 2011, we were overwhelmed with the beauty and expertise in which texture was incorporated into the design of furniture and rooms. It can be very intimidating to think about how to bring in texture and yet not have it drown your space. However, there are some simple ways in which you can add texture without it overtaking your space.
Texture can be brought into a room in small amounts and still make a statement. This can be done with rugs, pillows, drapes, or even in the use of wall coverings or art. Consider using materials such as chenille, jute, silk, and velvet in your accessories. You can also blend textures through woods, glossy finishes for cabinetry, and countertop materials.
A new trend has emerged which showcases textures within door and drawer faces of cabinetry. The benefit of incorporating texture in this manner, is that you can make a bold statement that can easily be changed out when you wish to shift your décor. You can also incorporate color into various textures for an even more dramatic affect. Layering colors creates visual texture, even if it’s not tactile.
Textures also traverse the lines of traditional, contemporary, and modern style. For a traditional approach, consider using dark, sleek woods and textured fabrics that are rich and substantial and create surprising depth. For a more modern style, you can work with metallic and glossy finishes. Of course, you can also easily create a very rich, earthy feel by bringing in accessories that incorporate materials you would find in nature such as reeds, stones, and grasses.
Use of texture can improve the overall feeling of style in every room of the home. Consider textured wood grain finishes in the home office or Ecoresin® panels in the doors of your entertainment center.
The first step in bringing texture into your room is to define the style and emotion that you wish to evoke when being in the room. If the space is meant to be one of tranquility – think about using smooth textures that allow for the emotional flow of the room. If you want to create a space that is more bold – you can incorporate materials that bring in sharper edges and lines within their appearance. Once you decide on what you want, it’s easier to find the pieces and parts you will need to see your vision through to creation.
It can be intimidating when incorporating so many elements into a design when you’re starting with a blank canvas or when you’re attempting to blend a new aesthetic into an existing design. Be sure to talk with your California Closets design consultant about how you can incorporate texture into your space.
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Ginny Snook Scott is the chief design officer at California Closets. She has over 25 years experience with California Closets and has helped over 1,000 clients create custom closets and organize their home. Connect with Ginny on Google+.