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.
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.
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.