Tex­ture im­por­tant el­e­ment in room de­sign

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Marc Atiyolil

DEAR Marc: I am buy­ing my first home and I have never de­signed any­thing in my life! I plan to de­sign my home my­self and use some of my ex­ist­ing fur­ni­ture from my pre­vi­ous rental and com­bine it with some new pur­chases. I was told the tex­ture of an ob­ject is very im­por­tant when de­sign­ing a room. What kind of tex­tures should I look for when co-or­di­nat­ing the de­sign of my new home? — Cameron

Dear Cameron: Har­mony is of ut­most im­por­tance in de­sign. Ev­ery de­sign el­e­ment in a space af­fects its coun­ter­part el­e­ments, be it colour, fur­ni­ture or ac­ces­sories. When it comes to de­sign, the No. 1 item on ev­ery­one’s mind is al­ways colour. Home­own­ers tend to per­ceive colour as the de­ter­min­ing fac­tor of a suc­cess­ful de­sign and leav­ing out the not-so-ob­vi­ous el­e­ments, such as tex­ture.

There are four types of tex­tures in two cat­e­gories: rough/smooth and hard/ soft. Soft tex­tures are most of­ten fabrics such as drapes. Hard tex­tures can be wood, lac­quered sur­faces, chrome, and glass. Then you can also clas­sify these same el­e­ments in an­other cat­e­gory, to de­ter­mine the in­ten­sity of their tex­ture. Rough sur­faces are brick or stucco and smooth sur­faces are glass and chrome.

De­sign­ers use tex­ture in dif­fer­ent ways to tie in the de­sign el­e­ments in a space. The tex­ture of an item will af­fect the over­all look of the fur­ni­ture piece and the in­ten­sity of the colour. Have you ever no­ticed how you can live with a bright-orange shag area rug, but you would never dream of hav­ing your en­tire floor­ing in orange? The sim­ple rea­son your per­cep­tion of the floor­ing is dif­fer­ent is the in­ten­sity of the tex­ture. The long threads of the rug in­crease the sur­face for light ab­sorp­tion, which, in turn, will lower the in­ten­sity of the colour the eye sees.

The same can be ap­plied to any ac­ces­sory. Silk throw pil­lows with a soft/ smooth sur­face will ex­ude more colour in­ten­sity than a plush ac­cent pil­low with a soft/rough sur­face. There­fore, once again, we can con­clude a rough tex­ture will not only change the look of an ac­ces­sory; it will also mod­ify the fi­nal colour in­ten­sity. You can use this to your ad­van­tage by ap­ply­ing dif­fer­ent tex­tures to pieces you ei­ther want to ac­cent and stand out, or to blend to­gether with the rest of your de­sign.

Tex­tures can also be used to fool the eye in the di­men­sions of a space. Rough sur­faces tend to bring the walls of a room in­ward, thus cre­at­ing a more cozy at­mos­phere. The use of rough tex­tures in large, open spa­ces is rec­om­mended to keep a space from look­ing too cold and im­per­sonal.

On the other hand, soft sur­faces are a great way to make a small room look larger. We’ve all no­ticed how small spa­ces tend to have traces of mir­rors, chrome and glass. These smooth sur­faces are in­tro­duced into small spa­ces to re­flect light and make a space ap­pear larger than it is.

De­sign is all about per­cep­tion: the per­cep­tion of cer­tain ob­jects and how they re­late to one an­other har­mo­niously. The won­der­ful thing about de­sign is that once you un­der­stand the fun­da­men­tals, you can ap­ply these to any space!

The tex­ture of the fur­ni­ture you choose when de­sign­ing a home can trans­form a liv­ing room into a

work of art.

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