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Designing with Texture

There are many design concepts and executable elements to consider when you are working on your interior design plan. To mention a few, there is color, light, scale, etc, etc. Quite often designing with texture seems to be an afterthought or at least less considered than perhaps it should be.

To illustrate this point, Ms. Janel Laban, the Executive Editor at the well known site Apartment Therapy, offered a superb post about transforming your space with texture. In this post Ms. Laban gives us the bullet points below:

-Add texture with textiles.
-Add texture with a rug.
-Add texture with plants.
-Add texture with carefully chosen furniture.
-Add texture with books.
-Add texture with architectural elements.

To contribute a little more to the points above, the site observes that textiles are “an easy and quick way to add instant coziness to any room”, that many times a “rug really tied the room together”, and that “plants are the original texture.” Naturally these are all fine observations. Apartment Therapy concludes with “a single antique wood piece with a nice patina can really ground a room”, and is “great for adding texture” and “a whole wall of books definitely adds a lot of warmth and texture to any room.” That brings us to one of our fields of expertise which is architectural elements in natural stone and tile.

designing with texture

To both simplify and expand on the idea of using natural stone when designing with texture, we will focus on that medium for now. In particular, let’s look at a few different ways that stone can be used in Designing with Texture.  For example, this post is populated with imagery of sensuously textured stones meant to suggest a fundamental but elegant use of natural textures.

designing with texture

These images are from the renowned Bacci Marmi quarry in Italy. The Bacci family calls this finish “flannel” and describe it as having “delicate engravings at regular intervals cross the surface resulting in a continuous effect, as if the wefts of a precious fabric.”  Nicely said indeed!

designing with texture

So there you have it! Six ideas for designing with texture from Apartment Therapy and a few more from this writer.  As always, thanks for stopping by. Let’s put some texture in your life!

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