Many people neglect texture because they associate the clean concept with smooth surfaces and nothing on top, thinking that this way they achieve comfort and refinement in their decoration – but the truth is quite the opposite to this thought. Few people know what texture is or how to use it, but when they decide to apply its concepts, it is noticeable to see the surprise stamped on their faces, the result of being in a pleasant, cozy and full of life setting. To ensure that a space is visually appealing, several elements come into play to awaken our senses, such as colors, shapes, patterns, lines, and textures. They basically make up the foundation of all this art and rely on a balance to create a receptive and cozy space.
What is “Texture”, in the concept of Interior Design? It is the surface quality of a material: its physical aspects. Let’s use the pillow as an example, and realize how many fabrics you have seen covering one, be they smooth, silky, embroidered, etc. Each of these materials offers a different texture, and just as colors can affect the feeling of warmth or coolness, textures can influence and affect the tone and weight of the composition. This means that if you make just one wrong decision in choosing textures, you could end up impacting the entire rest of the scene.
Decoration without Stimulus can be a Lack of Texture – When it comes time to start designing a room or the entire house, there are many interior design elements that take priority, such as colors and furniture – we seem to have eyes only for this. But if you concentrate only on them, the result always sounds so inconsistent, flat, and lacking in warmth that in the end you have to go back to square one. And guess who is usually missing or saved in these situations? Texture, of course. It helps to highlight and differentiate various objects and surfaces, transform light and influence scale, as well as communicate a specific design.
Types of Textures – It is important to know the different types of textures and how to get the best out of each one, trying to identify whether or not it is suitable for the scheme of your project. These are visual texture or tactile texture. Visual texture makes an immediate appeal to the eye, it is a texture that calls attention, it is showy and attractive. Tactile textures, on the other hand, besides drawing attention, also emanate the need to touch (velvet surfaces, for example, invoke the desire to touch). Besides adding the visual or tactile aspect, texture helps to impose a specific decoration style, such as smooth and shiny for a modern feeling; or rough and natural for a rustic effect. These are some types of elements with different textures, such as:
So, before you go off telling what you should do, the ideal is to choose a style beforehand so that you know more or less what line you intend to follow, ensuring a greater and better coherence. This way you eliminate several other elements that you might like, but that would mess up the articulated scheme. From Concept to Practice: Applying Textures The easiest way to start applying textures and understanding their potential for each space for sure is through fabrics and textiles. Rugs, pillows, covers, blankets, cloths, and any other type of tapestry is welcome. They are usually easy items to have on hand and testing can begin immediately, even allowing you to easily adjust and replace them in a later update.
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