In the continuation of my Create a Healthy and Restful Home series, I focus on using textures for a restful home! When you walk into a room, you instantly perceive a feeling, and you may not know why. Often the textures in the room are not balanced, and you perceive them quickly and subconsciously, which gives you that response. We think of texture as only what we can touch; the visual weight of textures in a room, which includes light and color, all work together to create a balanced space.
Why Add Textures?
Varying textures add interest and complete the design of the room. If the textures in the room are not balanced, you will feel that. I encourage my clients to begin adding textures with what they love! You can add balance and visual interest to a room’s décor by mixing decorative and functional items. Understand that all elements have a visual weight, so setting a smooth piece next to a rough item that appears heavy may create visual balance.
How to Add Texture?
Mix and layer textures by combining varied fabrics. For example, add a mixture of faux fur, leather, suede, velvet, silk, bouclé, or sherpa. Adding a marble element to one person may seem cold or uninviting, yet to another, it can give them a feeling of calm in its sleekness and how it reflects light. You can layer textures and various materials with your furniture or accessories. Mix metals, glass, or smooth stone with wood. Layer in items from nature and beautiful plants and lighting fixtures.
The textures you add are as important as the room’s design, and they should make you feel good in your home! Adding or combining furniture, decorating elements, rugs, pillows, and accessories are all ways to deliver that visual impact that a room is lacking. Check out my Pinterest board for decorating items you can use to add textural interest to any room!
I have transformed spaces into beautiful and functional rooms in my twenty-plus years of restyling homes, creating restful homes! If you wish to learn more about balancing visual weight in your home, call me at 610-955-8202 or email me.
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