Colour is not the be all and end all when it comes to decorating a room. The tactile nature of the materials used can completely change the look and feel of a space, this is texture in design.
It is, as always, important to decide what you want from the design before you decide on what to use.
Are you looking to implement a specific style?
Are you looking to create a feature design element?
What materials do you want to use to create texture in your home?
And, what architectural elements will you implement?
1. Using a design style to define the Texture of your home.
No matter what design style you chose texture will always be of heavy influence. There are certain textural characteristics built into each design style.
Texture in Design – Rustic
Rough and coarse timber is synonymous with the rustic aesthetic. You might even say texture is built into the style by its very nature. Exposed timber beams and rough tiled floors, always allowing the natural look of the material to show.
Texture in Design – Traditional
Traditional design’s texture shows through in the craftsmanship. Ornate mouldings and detailing, timber flooring and veined stone countertops and wall finishes all bring texture to the style.
Texture is inherent in the nature and aesthetic of the industrial style. The rough concrete, exposed brick and harsh untreated steel all add to the texture of the space.
Tip: If texture is inherent in the design style you chose it is best to dial back texture in other areas. Let the nature of the material or the architectural elements provide the texture.
Texture in Design – Minimal
When you think of the minimal style the word texture doesn’t normal spring to mind. The smooth, shiny and fine surfaces of the style can create a cold and sterile environment. Texture added with textiles, timber and furniture will warm the space and create a more inviting homey feel.
Texture in Design – Eclectic
Texture can be added to the eclectic style in any way that works. Timber floors, furniture, even plants add to the grain of the aesthetic.
2. Using Texture as a Design Feature
Texture can be so bold as to be the focal point of a room. This can be achieved in a number of ways and with a variety of materials.
A textured feature wall
Exposed brick has become a staple design feature, which is a great way to add texture to any space.
A concrete feature wall brings a touch of the roughness of the building into a space and adds character and texture wherever it’s employed.
Tip: If you are employing texture as a feature, especially to large walls and areas, keep the colours of the space neutral or be sure to match to avoid clashing.
Wallpaper is an affordable and effective way to add texture to any wall. The large varieties, shades and colours leave you with infinite possibilities.
A textured floor
A timber floor will attract the eye and set the tone for an entire room. Patterns like herringbone, staggered or basket all add texture, along side the natural grain of the material.
Tiles can add texture to any space. As with timber flooring the pattern and finish all bring texture to a room. From coarse and rough-cut stone tiles to smooth and fine polished porcelain, each adds an element to the look and feel.
3. Materials and Elements to add texture
A texture doesn’t only need to come from building elements. Rugs, throws, cushions and furniture can all add to the grain.
Timber, whether natural and rough or smooth and varnished, the grain is an asset in adding texture to any space.
Raw untreated steel, as a feature or as a construction element, will always add a texture to a space and bring a raw and stable element to the design.
Granite, marble and other natural stones, even when polished to a mirror finish, add a clean and flawless texture to kitchens, bathrooms and any other surface you see fit.
4. Architectural elements
Carefully detailed mouldings, in many varieties, are a staple of design. Mouldings create depth, shadows and contrast to a monotone panel and add carefully crafted texture.
Design elements can be the building materials themselves, brickwork, steel or exposed timber can add a nuance of texture and contrast to a stark environment.
When designing a space the consideration of texture is up there with colour. Lighting is affected differently on different surfaces and the colours of the material needs to match the palette of the room.
Careful consideration needs to be taken when choosing the right textures for your home. Take the time up front to ensure you are getting what you want.
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