Interior Designer Elkhart Goshen Indiana
Texture is the relative smoothness or roughness of a surface and is read both physically by touch and visually as well. Everyone knows this - But do you know how to use texture successfully in your project?
Smooth textures are generally associated with more formal, traditional styles while rough textures are often thought to be more casual.
When a new client approaches me for assistance in helping them discover and develop their own brand of beauty, I love it because they get it! They get it because they understand that when you know the rules of design you don't need to copy a trendy style using a theme as a shortcut. You're looking to define your own rules and brand of beauty. So instead of talking about ambiguous terms that are open to interpretation, I ask them to evaluate elements based on textures. This helps in discovering their reaction and response to textural design elements that will have both tactile and visual influence in their environment. This begins a new paradigm and helps them to start thinking differently about their project. Often they begin to understand the language of design as more of a manageable puzzle as well as focus on what's really important to them and how they want to live.
Texture is often what gives a room a special quality or feeling that is hard to articulate. If you are untrained in the language of design, often you can’t pinpoint what is creating the emotion you are experiencing, but you can sense the drama and the emotion the textures create. Conscious and compatible conflict is sometimes the key unique, personalized spaces in interior design. Two materials, when held apart, may seem in congruent and incompatible in texture, but when combined in the right space surprisingly create dramatic harmony.
The graphic below illustrates what I'm trying to teach you - everything has texture. When the color is removed from everything, you have simple line drawings. And line drawings are important on many levels because just like color, they affect you emotionally and also just like color, not all lines are alike which means they don't always play nicely with each other within the confines of your space.
Let me illustrate my point.
Below are line drawings of the typical textures you might incorporate into your space: When the color is removed, you can focus on just the lines.
How do they make you feel?
Choosing the right textures in interior design, therefore, takes confidence and an experienced eye to see what works together and what does not.
Now that you know - what textures will you include in your interior design project and why?
If you have additional questions - I'd love to help you sort through the pieces and put the puzzle together. Contact me today to schedule a brief phone chat.
Until next time,
Hugs and blessings (Numbers 6: 24-26),
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About this blog...
I began writing this blog in May 2016 after discovering that my mother always wanted to be a writer. She had Alzheimer's disease and never realized her dream. Sometimes in our deepest grief we are motivated to encourage others to fearlessly be themselves so that their gifts and stories are shared. I mean, how else can we change the world? So I began to record the things that reflect who I am and what is important to me, because one day my memories too, may be gone and what would that mean to the people God gave me to care for and the good works He gave me to do? So, here is where I share the important stuff so that you can learn real design, not decorator tricks, but fundamental and salient concepts to apply so that you can create your own legacy home and so that my family and I can remember the life we lived and created here in our home, our sacred place. I hope you're inspired and encouraged as I share my memories, my work, my mission & my life. Hugs & blessings, (Numbers 6: 24-26)