Choose the right ma­te­ri­als to get the feel you want in your home

Set the tone of your home with the ma­te­ri­als you use.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY VIC­TO­RIA VAN VLEAR PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY WIL­LIAM ABRANOWICZ

With au­tumn cot­tage dé­cor, we talk a lot about tex­ture, which will make your home feel cozy and warm. In his new book The Na­ture of Home: Cre­at­ing Time­less

Houses, ar­chi­tect Jef­frey Dun­gan delves into the process of de­sign­ing a home. When it comes to tex­ture, he uses ma­te­ri­als to add depth to his de­sign. “Ma­te­ri­als give us tex­ture, color and depth,” he writes. “They can be slick, sleek and so­phis­ti­cated, or deep, rich and lux­u­ri­ous.” In your own home, use dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als to in­voke the type of am­bi­ence you want. Here are a few ma­te­ri­als avail­able to you, and the qual­i­ties they ex­ude.

• STONE

strength, sturdiness, longevity

• GLASS

el­e­gance, light­ness, fragility

• WOOD

com­fort, warmth, rus­tic­ity

• COP­PER

glam­our, moder­nity, abun­dance

• CHROME

time­less­ness, sim­plic­ity, clean­li­ness

• GOLD

pros­per­ity, class, age­less­ness

• VEL­VET

lux­ury, op­u­lence, for­mal­ity

• COT­TON

sim­plic­ity, open­ness, ru­ral­ism

• FUR

warmth, re­lax­ation, so­phis­ti­ca­tion

“The fewer ma­te­ri­als shap­ing a room, the more quiet it be­comes,” Dun­gan writes. “Sim­ple places should have a sim­ple pal­ette of ma­te­ri­als.”

The Na­ture of Home: Cre­at­ing Time­less Houses by Jef­frey Dun­gan, pub­lished by Riz­zoli In­ter­na­tional Pub­li­ca­tions, © 2018; riz­zoliusa.com.

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