What does texture mean when it comes to home decor? Latest trends in decorating say you have to have varying textures to complete the look of a room. So, what is texture, and what does it bring to a space?
Texture is what adds consistency and dimension to a room. It appeals to the senses in terms of something visible, tangible and touchable. You can incorporate the use of texture in a number of ways, and the top 5 textures being used in home decor and decorating today are trending towards focus on niche marketing and artisan designers. Different product design lines have been finely tuned from their artistic origins to integrate and blend in with home design settings.
Top 5 Textures Being Used in Decorating
1. Furnishing and Accessories
Artisan designers are creating furniture and other home accessory furnishings with architectural and artistic aspects, and those characteristics include textural features within furnishings that enrich pieces and add surface interest to them. Whether for an interior space, outdoor area or patio, furnishings that are durable, contemporary and casual, yet classic in appearance are being utilized to create texture.
Combinations of materials, such as wood, leather and metal are finely tuned and crafted with precision and displayed for their visual and textural enhancement as well as for everyday use. Fashioning of credenzas, bedside tables, side tables, consoles, armoires, vanities, bars, bar stools, coffee tables, sofa tables and desks has taken texture to another level in the way that wood is being utilized. Incorporating rustic and raised pattern designs and even barn-wood looks with furnishings has even furthered the concept of texture.
Tufted faux-leather, genuine leather, suede and other materials fashioned in stationary and collapsible benches and ottomans are other examples of textural designs that are trendy and being used in homes for accessorizing, seating and storage.
Even an outdoor area and patio are now part of the growing trend of added living space, and outdoor furniture for these spaces has become upscale with textured and upholstered surfaces that are more comfortable than the living room sofa and handy recliner. Accessorizing outdoor spaces can be fun. Potted shrubbery, flowers and even faux plantings, architectural pieces and grilling equipment can enhance an outdoor space.
Accessorizing spaces and making them appear larger while adding texture can be accomplished with mirrors. Placement in strategic locations is the trick. Mirrors placed over console or sideboard tables at entryways enlarge the space through light reflection from the entrance. A mirror placed behind a candles any other type of light will further enhance the depth and reach of the light and create a warm and cozy effect.
2. Organic Flavor
Plants have always provided texture and color in decor, and organic touches bring a freshness to any design. Succulents and other outdoor plants are more frequently used in design today and their varying hues of green, blue-green, yellow, red, pink and purple, along with other succulents with variegated leaves, mottling, spots and striped effects, have generated a selective range of choices for color and texture.
More and more use is made of colorful and softer plantings that are placed in unusual containers that offer texture. Plain and colored glass containers provide visual transparency and full view of an entire plant or flower. Kitchen areas or bathrooms can be enlivened with texture from either and receive moisture and nurturing from both spaces. Plant designs can be framed within clear containers and act as structural components for full flower or bouquets that can top off a planter.
Fabrics play a big role with texture and trends indicate that designs are understated, crisp, clean, and organic. Urban mixed with natural, coupled with sustainability, and affinity with nature are parts of the trend. Patterning is simple and playful with light floral, tie-die and ombre motifs, geometric designs and 3-D patterning. Faux fur, animal fabrics, stencils on burlap and muslin fabrics, print transfers, and other patterns have all been part of the trend in fabric textures.
Textile colors and patterns enliven a space, and cultural influences are also part of the upsurge in fabric use through artisan and handcrafted designs. Chinese motifs and individual artistic designs from across the world have inspired the use of various handmade textiles in sofa pillows for living room areas, along with over-sized pillows and bolsters for use in bedrooms. Textiles are always a simple and affordable way to add texture to almost any room.
4. Color Pops
Pops of color are another means of communicating texture. Kitchen designs now incorporate appliances with color from the primary range of colors to pastels. Ovens are particularly noticeable and become a focal point in kitchens and even black and stainless steel appliances can provide textural attributes through their brightness, depth of color and surface areas.
Painting is another way to infuse color and texture to a space. A wall or walls painted in a contrasting color can create division of a space as well as become a focal point for a living room, bedrooms, bathrooms, and even ceilings. Painting ceilings white can lighten and brighten rooms, while a contrasting and darker color on lower walls can enrich and bring warmth and ambiance to a space as well as texture.
5. Tiling and Wallpaper
Tile use has become another more recent trend in advancing texture, and 3-D (dimensional) tiles are part of that trend. In addition, glass tile pieces in clear or colored strips and ceramic pieces, or even ship-lap or subway tiles that are used on kitchen back splashes or bathroom areas, can create a raised, illuminated and textural effect.
Real stone and hardwood tile for flooring and walls can also generate texture through their natural patterns, veining and grains, and the same sense of naturalness can be found in laminate tiles where similar types of texture can be replicated.
Wallpaper is another means of providing texture to any area of a home. With the number of new and updated styles being released every day, there are styles, designs and textures to please most any taste. Marble, wood, geometric and other pattern effects have given wallpaper a new life, and the added feature of more user-friendly self-adhesive choices has made it even more popular.
There are hundreds of ideas that are being used to create texture in home decor today, and the five examples given here are just a start as to what any novice decorator or more seasoned designer can accomplish with a little research and acquired skills. You can add texture in any design scheme with the right ideas and know-how.