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Top 4 texture tactics for your Home

25/04/2016

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TEXTURE is the heart and soul of interior decoration. It’s the blend of a room’s individual surface feels, colours and shades and lighting sources and effects which together make up the overall ‘feel’ of the space.

However, while texture is an expansive and not strictly defined area, there are fundamentals that you must obey in order to get the balance right. Here are four of the fundamental laws of texture in interior decoration.

 

1. Think ‘Outside the Box’

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TEXTURE is not limited to textiles and fabrics. The fullest meaning of texture in interior decoration encompasses everything from curtains to paint; lighting to floor covering; curtains to individual items within the room, whether a living room, bedroom or bathroom.

Of course, the fabric of chair coverings, rugs, curtains, cushions and throws is a huge part of the overall texture of a room. But don’t head straight for the furnishings catalogue before you consider all the visible surfaces of the room. 

Think about colour, and the surface finish of the paint (matt or gloss) and how it will appear in natural daylight and under artificial illumination.
Consider also the lighting, and whether the room will benefit from a single central ceiling-mounted lighting source; a variety of spots; up-lighters or table lamps.

It’s a good idea to think about the essentials in a particular room, such as a bathroom. They're largely reflective surfaces, and some features benefit more from isolated spot lighting, such as a shaving mirror.

 

2. Plan Carefully

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TEXTURE is something that you must think carefully about. Random selection of textures can have an enormous impact on the overall ‘feel’ of the room, so think about what is most appropriate to the room you’re decorating. 

Generally, loud textures soften spaces, and make it feel warmer and more intimate, and smooth textures create a sleek and more spacious feel. Larger spaces give you more scope to add more variations texture and pattern, and in smaller spaces, a variety of textures is preferable to numerous patterns.

In smaller rooms, neutral colours will stylishly accommodate variations in texture. A bold, saturated colour palette is more suitable for larger rooms.
Lighting and mirrored surfaces can create striking effects when used sparingly in large spaces, and are ideal for creating brightness and spaciousness in smaller rooms.

Understand the effects and think carefully about the end result and you’ll soon devise a textural feel that’s appropriate to the space.

 

3. Opposites Attract

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CONSISTENCY is almost always the recommended approach on paper, but with the design of living spaces, a touch of contrast can create dramatic and pleasing touches. For instance, a matt approach to walls as well as doors and skirting boards will look extremely flat. 

That's why the traditional, classic approach is to gloss the doors, their frames and the skirtings to provide a natural contrast to the large-canvas matt finish walls. There is nothing to say that you can’t reverse this, and opt for gloss walls and matt skirtings, doors and frames; although it would possibly work best in a smaller room.

A standout piece can add a vivid splash of emotional energy to the room, whether an unexpected eclectic item of furniture or something a little more adventurous. For instance, one of 2016’s most notable trends in texture is bringing the outdoors in (by, for example, converting the area behind the kitchen sink into a window-box/flowerbed) and bringing the indoors out (by using candles, cushions and other home comforts in your yard areas).

 

4. Strive for Moderation & Balance

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WHILE variations in texture can create interesting effects in ambience and feel, moderation and balance is the ultimate goal. If you have too much variation, the interesting contrasts that we’ve looked at above can be lost in a busy, fussy feel.

Spend some quality time on concentrated research of magazines, and make the most of the hundreds of images and infographics available on Pinterest, in order to build up a roster of the design texture ‘feels’ that appeal to you most.

It’s a good idea to pick two to three textural effects, and start small, in one room. Consider what works best, and start to apply these fundamentals throughout your home, adding further touches and tweaks as you become more confident.

 

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