There are two main components that I forcus on when it comes to texture: Pattern and Surface.
Pattern is simply the element such as lines, stripes, and organic shapes that draw the eye in.
Pattern can be organic like the branches on the back wall or the zebra stripes. They can also be geometric like the texture created by the wall of shelving.
When adding in a bold pattern (such as the stripes on the wall pictured above) be sure to add a place for visual rest (such as the white sofa).
It’s good to add a pattern to a hallway; this will hide all the scuffs better than a solid wall.
And if you are great with a measuring tape and level you can hang similar sized images to create a grid pattern on a focal wall.
Even with a minimal amount of pattern a room can be transformed. Imagine how stark this room would be without the stripes.
When you use pattern it is good to use bold patterns in small amounts so they don’t over power the room. If you do go big and bold be sure to have something that is also solid and neutral so that your eye can rest when needed.
Surface is defined by the tactile experience, what something feels like or what it is made of.
It can also be created unintentionally with items such as large stacks of video, books, mail… that’s why it is so important to eliminate clutter.
In this room the texture and color of the rug give this room a fire element. The wooden table complements the rug and feeds that fire. The solid white sofa and apulstered chair offset the deep texture of the rug and pave the way for the printed accent pillows. The wire basket on the floor provides an elegant solution for the new papers and magazines and the books on the shelves are also organized by size and color making the stock of them appear organized. The lower shelves hold the random books where they are less likely to be noticed as clutter.
This antique shop is merchandised where the differnt textures complement each other. The cold cast iron figure featured on the chest to the right complements the warm wood of the chest it self. The floral arrangement on the marble accent table (back left side of room) complent much in the same way where the cold marble is softened and warmed up by the petals of the flowers.
The huge paintings in this room work because the texture of the paintings is balanced with lots of solids and the repitition of wood elements. If you look closely you can see that there is lots of variation in the repeated themes. Each time an element was repeated it was done using a different surface texture. For instance, the color yellow is used 3 times: the pillows are woven cotton, the chair is velvet, and the curtains are raw silk.
Some of my favorite textures include:
leather, I love it! It ages beautifully and if made well can last a really long time.
Fur: Fur is more versatile than you might think. You can buy rugs, throws, and pillows made of fur and it comes in almost every color and nap imagineable.
Stone is another one of my favorites that is also extreemely versitile. Stone can be used for flooring, for a wall surface, furniture, and accessories. There are many different kinds of natural stone to choose from as well as many synthetic versions made from recycled glass.
Ceramics are also used like stone and is usually a cheaper alternative.