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Using Texture In The Home

Texture changes everything. The right texture can make a small room seem large. The wrong texture can make a giant room seem cramped. Whether right or wrong, there’s little doubt that texture is an often overlooked piece of the puzzle posed by interior design.

Some textures are meant to be touched and experienced, such as leather furniture. Other textures are meant to impart a particular feeling to a room, such as vintage-styled electric radiators.

Textures also speak to the type of person living in the house. Exposed brick walls give a bohemian, artistic feeling to a room. A home dominated by glass and chrome fixtures will seem more clinical and modern than a home with wooden beams and hand-made valances. The entire personality of a room can change depending on whether there’s a cast iron, highly-decorative electric radiator or a wall-mounted electric radiator that is barely noticeable.

If you have a small bungalow, you’ll want to use textures that open the area. Mirrors and glass can make your bungalow look modern and make it seem larger than it really is. Using heavier textures like corduroy can help close too much open space. Many business offices use dark colours and rough textures to make large offices seem friendlier.

Texture is also affected by colour. Light coloured objects that reflect have a lighter feeling than darker items that absorb light. For that reason, a white marble floor will seem lighter than a hardwood floor even though marble is far heavier than wood. Head on to Buzz Wood Flooring if you want to learn more about different kinds of wood flooring, and usage color and texture in flooring. This rule also applies to carpeting or rugs. Shag carpeting seems heavy. Persian rugs appear lighter than shag. Textured throw rugs can add warmth to a hallway. Fringed window treatments and thicker upholstery fabrics also add to the seeming comfort of the space.

Larger objects can be toned down with heavily textured smaller objects. A white leather couch can be offset effectively by a cast iron, old-style electric radiator. A mirrored wall can be mollified by a large wooden bar, wooden bar stools and upholstered seats. Effective use of textures can create a sense of intimacy in the rooms where you want it. Similarly, intelligent use of texture can make a workout room or home theatre seem larger than it is.

Don’t overlook the power of accessories when adding texture to a room. Simply using the right vases, pillows, rugs, curtains or ceramics can change the room from disjointed to inspired. You don’t have to match everything. Mix and match for the atmosphere that's right for you.

It's best to experiment to discover the right textures for your space. Look into tapestries, textured wall surfaces, glass, stainless steel and iron. With the right combination of light, heavy, smooth, rough, rustic and modern textures, you’ll design a living space that welcomes, comforts and is all yours.

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