Choose the right materials to get the feel you want in your home
Set the tone of your home with the materials you use.
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.
strength, sturdiness, longevity
elegance, lightness, fragility
comfort, warmth, rusticity
glamour, modernity, abundance
timelessness, simplicity, cleanliness
prosperity, class, agelessness
luxury, opulence, formality
simplicity, openness, ruralism
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.