Using Texture in Interior Design

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Physical Texture

The use of texture when planning an interior scheme is an element that is often overlooked and underused. Texture has the ability to completely add a significant dimension to any room, when carefully integrated into the design. Texure describes the surface quality of a material including the actual variations on the surface. This is generally referred to as physical texture. Examples of physical texture include, but are not limited to, wood grain, metal, leather, velvet, mohair, or grass cloth. The use of textures in a room can add a further dimension besides just the colour or look, but also how objects feel. These are differentiated from other types of texture because they have a physical quality that can either be seen or experienced by touch. When physical textures are combined with other forms to create a complimentary or even contrasting design, these are tools that a luxury interior designer can use to accentuate or even add personality to the interior.

Visual Texture

Visual Texture creates an appearance of having physical texture but does not generally have the same influence to the touch. Such examples include matt or shiny finishes or even the use of patterns. There are so many different types of exciting textures that can be used; it really takes careful consideration to achieve an inviting and luxurious interior. Consider how the use of patterns can influence the excitement of a room. No longer are the days when just adding splashes of colour to a neutral room is enough to add contrast or interest. Many companies today are providing alternative wall coverings, surfaces and textiles — the opportunities are almost limitless to creating the perfect interior design.

Light Reflection

Consider how light reflects off various surfaces. A carpet or rug is going to reflect light differently than a stone or wooden floor. Even the matt or shiny finish will have a distinctive reflection, which can suggest a different mood or ‘feel’ to the room. Combined with the use of colour, the overall atmosphere can be transformed from cool and contemporary to warm and cosy. Adding texture can be a vital tool when adding interest to a monochromatic scheme.

Visual and Tactile Experience

Let’s not forget the importance of the visual and tactile experience. A well-considered scheme will have elements that are discovered. Part of the intrigue of sumptuous interiors is the subtle unfolding of details. A sofa upholstered in silk or suede is going to have a very different feel to one that is upholstered in linen — both in visual experience as well as to the touch. Imagine how different a mosaic tiled bathroom would look and feel compared to one finished in a polished travertine.

Suitability and Practicality

The suitability of textures should be included in your final consideration. A highly polished marble floor in the bathroom or kitchen may look contemporary and lustrous, but is it very practical from a safety perspective? Consider, too, that while silk curtains will look luxurious and hang beautifully, they have a tendency to deteriorate quicker in very sunny rooms. In fact, they are more likely to rot if they have not been properly lined. Be sure to understand which window treatments will be best suited for your luxury interior design.

Although it may seem relatively straightforward to coordinate various textures and patterns to create a luxurious interior, the fact remains that using the services of a professional and reputable interior designer will ensure the effortless precision in achieving the desired look and feel.