Interior Design

Design 101


Let’s review…the eight elements of design are:

  1. Line
  2. Form
  3. Color
  4. Value
  5. Texture
  6. Pattern
  7. Light
  8. Space

In this weeks Design 101 blog we are going to focus on Texture. Texture is defined as the feel, appearance or consistence of a substance or surface.  Texture, in harmony, with the other elements helps to provide balance and visual interest to a room. In addition to overall balance, you need to consider the balance among texture – all smooth or all rough will create a feeling of monotony.  A nubby tweed sofa works better with a smooth throw pillow and a leather couch work better with a wool knitted fabric.  Here is an example of how texture can be used successfully.


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The soft velvet sofa plays well against the rough exposed brick wall. The room also feature smooth and shiny objects such as the glass coffee table, metal legs and arms of the furniture which are contrasted by the matte hues of the velvet chair fabric and rugs.  When selecting furniture for a room, keep this balance of opposites in mind and the room will not only look professionally decorated but will also project a comfortable and welcoming mood.

How do you combine texture in your rooms?  Post your photos.

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