Decorating with Texture

This entry was posted on 7th December 2010

Does your room still look flat and bland despite a dynamic colour scheme? What your room is lacking is texture. Texture is a decorative element that gives life to a room because it has tactile or visual depth and contrast. Different materials have different textures which can revitalise any space, encouraging you to experience the wonderful interplay of sight and touch. To start decorating with texture, it is important to recognise it in nature. Nature provides us with a mood board of sorts on what kind of textures we are naturally drawn to. The natural texture of stone can be brought into floors or walls. Stone’s texture can also be imitated using a scratch coat of plaster on the walls. A break from stone’s rough surfaces is the gloss of metals. The fine finish of stainless steel, brass, gold, or silver will reflect light. These glimmers of light can also be made through the use of glass and mirrors, granite, and tiles. Take a cue from which materials you love and begin adding them in layers. Play with the contrasts that materials make when you look at them or touch them. Mix the matte with glossy surfaces. The smooth and the rough can be an exciting combination. Textures can be applied to almost any part of a room. For example, wooden floors can be polished to gleam. Add a thick rug and you’ve created texture. More natural alternatives can be created using rugs made from sisal or woven sea grass for a casual style. Formal rooms may have their floors covered in carpet. Walls can be covered with wallpaper to hide imperfections. Many specialist wallpaper manufacturers have come up with a wide array of different materials. Some materials imitate leather or wood, giving your walls a touch of elegance. Leather especially gives a masculine touch to a room and will feel warm and sensual. Aside from the walls, ceilings can also be an area where you can put texture. You can strip your ceilings bare and have the beams exposed for a rugged look. You can also cover your ceilings with tiles made of steel, brass, or chrome. Covering your ceilings with fabric will exude a romantic atmosphere unless you hang striped fabric which will remind you of a circus tent, a great idea for children’s rooms. You can also add texture on your window coverings. The warm textures of wood blinds will make any room comfortable, while suede vertical blinds will provide your windows with a luxurious effect. Texture can bring any dull room into life with vivid combination of materials. Create contrast and depth with different textures and you’ll have a room that’s interesting and comfortable as well.

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