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Using texture can add depth and tone to a colour scheme, but how do you work it into a room? Texture plays with natural and artificial light to change the colour of any item and give it depth. It also adds interest to a room.
On a perfectly flat surface light bounces in one direction and this is how you get an added shine on a surface. With any textured or surface variation, light shoots off in a number of directions (not seen to the naked eye) but it means you are seeing how light interacts in a 3D way.
Yes this is technical but it is simple light refraction that adds depth instantly on a non-flat surface. For surfaces that have deeper textures, such as fabrics, rugs and carpets, this traps light and creates little ‘caves’ of darkness in the fibres.
This creates great tonal differences in a surface.
You can have just one colour in a fabric, but because fibres move and sit in different directions, you are having multiple directions of light shooting in multiple directions.
This means you can have one colour in several applications – a hard bench surface, a low-pile rug or an open weave on a couch – and you will get great tonal variations in the room without colours clashing because in the end you have one colour.
So how does texture create interest? Well, we all get pretty bored with a flat surface. Yes, it is neat and streamlined, but if we have a pure flat surface on everything, the room becomes clinical and bland.
Texture adds ‘movement’ to a room. It gives lines and undulations for the eye to follow. Once you have the visual interest it is human nature to see how it feels and you make a ‘connection’. WOR DS : T R AC E Y HO R D E R N
I once had an especially pretentious friend who worked as a stylist and interior designer. She had this particular word that she would pronounce with a fake over-the-top English accent; “Oh what a lovely arrangement (ahh-ronnggg-mont)”. This was proclaimed whenever she came across an arrangement or interior setting she deemed interesting or stylish.
I still laugh as I hear that ridiculous voice in my head, but there really is an art to arranging spaces, including artworks and decor items. Like many great art forms, styling, designing or arranging any space or home is as much about breaking the rules. But as with all art forms, you do need to know the rules before you can successfully break them.
For instance, when hanging art pieces, always aim to hang the artwork at eye level. However, if you hang a larger piece of art at a lower height, this can have a spectacular, more dramatic effect, especially if it co-ordinates and is tied-in with a piece of furniture, such as a sofa.
One of my pet aversions when it comes to hanging art is hanging tiny pieces on huge walls. This is where the wonderful tradition of creating a cluster of artworks can really work.
Without doubt, the most memorable homes and arrangements also include those that introduce unexpected elements. For instance a glass box or cloche over an unusual or antique piece almost always inspires interest. You can even use light boxes, or hand-dipped gold leaf framed pieces as these create drama, originality and focus, which really is the point of any arrangement – however you pronounce it.