We’ve got the lovely Aimee Claire guest blogging for us this week – and she’s talking all things texture in the home …
There was a time when all I thought I had to think about when decorating a room was the colour, but now I’ve found out that I have to consider texture as well. All surfaces have to have a texture, whether it is smooth or rough, shiny or matt, fine or coarse. Adding texture into the mix ensures that your room is going to be full of interest and stop it from becoming too boring. Just think if a room was painted in neutral colours and all the furniture and ornaments were smooth and shiny, how uninteresting that would be, almost as bad as a hotel room. Mix and match is the name of the game in the decorating world, my friends.
Texture texture texture!
Changing the look
Adding a texture can change the look of a room. Don’t believe me? Imagine changing a carpet for wooden flooring. A carpet will absorb light coming in from the windows, whereas a smooth floor will reflect it and lighten up the room.
Smooth textures can also convey a feeling of space, as their shiny surface will reflect light, making a room appear larger than it actually is. Soft raised surfaces will absorb light and create a sense of warmth. Placing a smooth textured item alongside a rough one will heighten the difference between the two, and you have added interest right there!
A big change can be achieved with different types of really lovely furniture, mixing upholstered fabric sofas with leather chairs, for example.
Karuselli chair by Yrjo ukkapuro
Bringing texture to your design theme
How do you add texture to your rooms? Well, what about hanging textured wallpaper, or covering part of a smooth wall with wall hangings, such as tapestries? Just don’t overdo it. Make a window a prominent feature of the room, by hanging a blind to keep the light out, and hang curtains around the frame merely as decoration.
Lay rugs upon a wooden or laminate floor to break it up. Have colourful, highly textured cushions on plain leather furniture. Use throws hung across the back of sofas or across tables to break up areas of colour.
Don’t be afraid to mix different periods to add interest to a room. Whilst it may not seem an obvious choice, a minimalist modern room can take a heavy gilt-framed old style painting or portrait on a wall, or just wallpaper one wall in a patterned textured fabric whilst keeping the other walls plain.
Where’s the birdie?
Accessories are the easiest way to add texture to a room. This can be something as simple as a sleek glass vase with flowers of your choice, or lampshades with fringed or embroidered shades. Alternatively, go for a plain lampshade with a really interesting base, one that’s moulded or shaped. Place a woven runner down the dining table to create a contrast with the smooth wood. Then put a plant in a pot on top of that to finish it off.
Add a simple accessory
Bold bottle-top curtains
Whatever you do, always consider the practicality of your designs and make sure you and your family are going to be able to live with it.