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Texture | Adding Subtle Interest to Your Home

We talk about it all the time – how can we create a space that is timeless yet intriguing?  We are believers in creating simple spaces with subtle details, so a home can stand the test of time but also stand out.  How can you create a unique space, a room that shows off your personality without falling into a fleeting trend or adding too many ornate elements?  There are many ways, but today we’re focusing on a big one: texture.

What is Texture?

Texture doesn’t just refer to materials that are rough or bumpy.  It takes many forms and can evoke different feelings.  Organic or natural materials can create an intimate space while items with a smooth texture lend themselves to a sleeker look.  Texture offers both a tactile and visual experience, and we often layer different textures to showcase an architectural detail, communicate a specific style, differentiate design elements, and add depth and dimension.  It can elevate a design without overdoing it.

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What Is the Impact of Texture?

Texture serves many roles.  It can add visual weight to a space, drawing attention to specific details – a vaulted ceiling, a fireplace wall, an arched opening, a built-in nook or window seat.  In a monochromatic color scheme, texture is a tool to introduce subtle variation and interest.  It can also add warmth and contrast to a space.

Elm Grove Kitchen Remodel

How Can You Use Texture?

There are endless ways to incorporate texture into your home.  Painted brick, v-groove or shiplap add dimension to a monochromatic design without straying from the color scheme, keeping the space neutral and serene while adding interest.  Natural stone, metals, and wood can balance a cooler palette.  Wallpaper is a great option for an accent wall.  You can also use juxtaposition to make elements “pop,” placing a rough surface near a smooth texture.  Architectural details are another opportunity to add texture – crown molding, a tray ceiling, beams, wainscoting, paneled openings.  However you decide to use texture in your home, it is important to remember the power of restraint.  Implementing too many textures can become distracting or overwhelming.

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Simple.

Simplicity.  It’s something we hear in reference to many aspects of our lives.  But what does it mean for home design?  First, let’s discuss what it does not mean.  A common misconception is that simplicity is synonymous to boring, modern, cold, plain, or sterile.  Simplicity should not be confused with these descriptors.  So what does it mean?  Simplicity is timeless and unfussy.  It is effortless.  It puts emphasis on quality materials, functionality, and efficiency rather than ornate details and expansive floor plans.  How does one achieve simplicity?  Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource explores the “how” in this article.

Subtle InterestHartford Sunroom Addition

Although order and repetition can be used to achieve simplicity, there are many opportunities to add detail and character to a simple space.  Include “imperfect,” yet soft, elements such as distressed woodwork or hand-hewn beams.  Consider a monochromatic color scheme.  Create contrast with a mix of old and new items.  Add texture or pattern to your home.  Reclaimed materials, hand-scraped floors, honed countertops, a herringbone backsplash or floor, tin ceilings, brick – the options are endless to add charm and showcase your style in an understated manner.

Wauwatosa Master Bath RemodelNeutral and Natural

Cool neutrals, soothing earth tones, natural textures – simplicity is warm and adaptable to changing styles and trends.  Many homeowners opt for tone-on-tone grays, beiges, and off-whites.  For an organic feel, weathered wood, natural stone, and various metals are just a few ideas.  These elements can add a calmness to your space.

Restraint

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

-William Morris

This quote is a great example of simplicity.  For a simple, uncluttered space, homeowners need to learn how to “edit.”  They must choose what’s important to include and what is not necessary.  This is the “less is more” or “quality over quantity” idea we’ve discussed in the past.  Instead of a huge, open floor plan or elaborate design details, opt for efficient space planning and quiet elements.

ConnectionWauwatosa Sunroom Remodel

Simplicity and less “stuff” can connect you more to your surroundings by emphasizing natural light and showcasing views of your home’s backdrop.  It also focuses on establishing a better flow and seamless transition between the indoors and outdoors such as a sunroom with a patio door or accordion glass door that creates easy access to an outdoor entertaining space.

Kitchen Trends to Consider in 2015

“Trend” is a word we typically steer away from because it often implies that something is hot right now, but may not be two, five, ten years from now. Regardless, in this post, we’ll be using the word to talk about the popularity of the refined, simple, and not too trendy trend that Bartelt is seeing. There are many kitchen design elements on the rise that are smart and adaptable to your future style and upcoming trends.

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The white kitchen is a popular option, and it is here to stay. It’s classic, yet versatile enough to work with any design style and highlight the homeowners’ personality. Offering a clean, airy look, white kitchens also seem to make everything else “pop” – wood floors, stainless steel appliances, lighting, and accessories.

Contrasting Island

More and more homeowners are using their kitchen island as an opportunity to add character and variation to the space. A contrasting stain or paint color can make the island a focal point and highlight your style. “One great option we’re seeing is walnut with a gray stain for that rustic, weathered look. It adds contrast to the room, yet still complements the elegance of white cabinetry,” said Heather Scott, interior designer at Bartelt.

Furniture-StyleTurned island legs

Sculpted toe kicks, corbels, faux finishes, crown molding, turned island legs – furniture-style cabinetry has become a staple in Bartelt remodels. It is evidence that the kitchen has evolved from a solely utilitarian room to the family’s hub. It’s the place where people tend to congregate, and it’s a room that seems to touch every other living space. “When your family spends a lot of time in a room, and it is open to other spaces, it’s important that it’s inviting. This is something furniture-style cabinetry offers. The island is no longer just a work station, it’s a beautiful piece of furniture,” explained Scott.

Hartford Kitchen RemodelJuxtaposition

In recent remodels, we’ve seen the integration of varying styles – modern mixed with traditional, rustic paired with refined. This is an important trend because it makes the space flexible and appeals to your varying tastes and needs. Want the clean simplicity of a modern kitchen, but desire some soft lines? A transitional style (modern and traditional) is a great option. Looking for the classic look of a white kitchen, but want to add warmth? White cabinetry contrasted by reclaimed beams or a distressed cherry top, for instance, strikes a nice balance.

TextureLeather-Texture Finish

Texture gives a room depth and character. How do you add texture? Reclaimed materials, tin ceilings, hand-scraped floors, brick, or stone are just a few examples. We’re also seeing a transition from high-gloss countertops to honed and leather-texture finishes.