Please Touch: Texture Makes Rooms Spring to Life
Great design stimulates all the senses, including touch. Check out these great uses of texture, then let your fingers do the walking
The physical feel of a room can be just as important as how it looks. But how many people make conscious decisions about the texture of the materials they use when designing an interior? Texture works on a number of levels, from creating comforting, evocative experiences or dampening noise to giving a room visual depth. Imagine these schemes with flat surfaces and you’ll see the important, yet often overlooked, effect of texture in design.
Add some soft and rough. The color scheme here is simple, but the effect is stunning. Look beyond the simple monochromatic palette and you’ll see a range of textures at work. Contrast the matte black wall with the rough surface of the white painted bricks, and the soft, inviting bed throw with the rough, natural-fiber rug. Even the ceiling and artwork are textured. This is an all-over tactile and visual feast.
Mix pattern and softness. Furniture is a traditional way to add texture to a home. This gorgeous Ligne Roset sofa gives an instant sense of comfort and makes a great focal point, with the fabric echoing the pattern of the brick wall in a softer way. You can’t help but sit and get cozy.
Warm up a cool palette. Raw natural materials can add a sense of calm and warmth to a pared-down space. This wood paneling and farmhouse table introduce subtle texture and interest to the white, gray and blue color scheme.
Combine practical and beautiful. These ribbed porcelain tiles serve the bathroom in a physical, practical and visual way. They simultaneously stimulate the feet, provide a practical nonslip surface and add visual depth. Light bounces off the irregular, diamond-cut ridges for a playful, elegant effect.
Look up. Forget flat ceilings. Here the texture creates interest and opens up the room. You can create a ceiling with character using painted textured wallpaper or plaster molding, or by exposing wooden beams.
Create a tranquil vibe. The texture of this garden wall creates a beautiful ripple effect for a soothing atmosphere. Floor-level uplights bring out the details for both a sophisticated look and a tranquil evening spot.
A touch of luxury. Leather is synonymous with luxury. Here the touchable headboard doubles as a room divider and is offset with white cast-concrete light fittings to keep the look contemporary and interesting.
Complete the room. The tufted texture of these ottomans turns them into statement pieces that pull this design together. The combination of the soft ottomans, leather chair and luxurious rug brings a sense of depth and comfort to this elegant scheme.
Treat your feet. Luxurious underfoot, artificial grass brings the joy of walking barefoot in the garden without the maintenance of a real lawn. It’s perfect for creating a relaxing garden mood on a roof terrace or balcony, where natural turf is impractical.
Bring depth to a neutral room. If color isn’t your thing, create interest with texture. In this room a range of items with texture, from the natural wood to the touch-me throw and rug, add plenty of interest.
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