Transform your space by adding texture
I think it’s safe to say most people want their home to feel welcoming and look aesthetically pleasing. While that’s the goal, many of us could use an update and in some cases, a major overhaul! It can be difficult to be objective about your personal space. Interiors that exude charm and character tend to have textural elements sprinkled throughout. Incorporating natural materials like wood, rattan and woven textiles can completely alter and transform one’s space.
The introduction of wood is an excellent way to add texture and warmth.
What’s great about wood besides its natural beauty is how varied it is. There are a multitude of grains and wood tones available that can be finished to look rustic or refined.
The installation of floating or bracketed wood shelves breaks up a blank wall and creates a space to display objects.
If you’re considering a renovation, try facing your cabinets with wood.
Plywood is an inexpensive option that’s both visually appealing and modern. Plywood cabinets wood look great in a loft, contemporary space or older home depending on the rest of the interior. This charming pre-war cottage with tongue and groove wood paneling showcases the versatility of plywood and how it can work with a variety of styles.
A refined, minimalist kitchen from Lilijencrantz Design doesn’t feel cold or austere. By utilizing a variety of natural materials this space feels warm and inviting. Some of the materials used in this kitchen include;
- walnut cabinetry
- herringbone floors
- marble backsplash and countertops
- leather cushion
Post and Beam & Open Truss Ceilings
Exposed Beam and Truss Ceilings add instant character and appeal to any space. This loft on the lower east side in Manhattan is charming and inviting. The open wood beams and hardwood flooring add a lot of character to this bright, open space.
The Open Truss Ceiling in this converted barn adds an interesting layer to this space. I love the eclectic decor; the cream and gray Turkish Rug against the cement floor, the dark vintage portrait and the vintage chesterfield sofa set in the middle of the country. Pretty great if you ask me.
If your home wasn’t blessed with wooden beams or trusses, there are options!
Another ceiling option is one that’s both inexpensive and easy to install; thatched. Whether left natural or painted a thatched ceiling adds an interesting texture. Most people think of Pergolas or outdoor spaces when they think of thatched ceilings, but this chic interior shows how versatile a thatched ceiling can be.
On the beam front, you can install “faux beams” that aren’t structural. They can look completely natural if done correctly.
The introduction of tile adds color, texture & pattern to one’s space.
There are a lot of interesting encaustic cement tiles available in a variety of colors and patterns. Some really beautiful antique patterns and colors have been meticulously reproduced by companies like the Cement Tile Shop in addition to some more modern designs at companies like Popham Design. This Moroccan inspired cement tile looks great as a tile dado. I love the exposed brass pipes, antique style faucet and metal framed mirror.
I like to sometimes mix patterns both in interior design & in fashion. Whether you’re mixing a geometric pattern with a floral or more open repeat with a smaller pattern, it definitely takes an eye to pull it off as evidenced in this bathroom.
The look is a tad busy and may not suit everyone’s test, but that clearly wasn’t the goal here. I quite like it. I could envision many different options for the tile flooring, but that black micro hexagonal tile dado and shower surround is pretty fab. I also love the modern brass hardware and the vintage blue portrait which ties everything together.
Textiles add instant personality and warmth to interiors.
This contemporary home in Spain brought the beautiful fall color palette inside through the addition of Kilims and Throws.
This Modern Bohemian Bedroom utilizes a variety of textiles in different colors and patterns. I love the open, simple pattern on the coverlet next to the more densely patterned rug. The indigo pillows tie in the blue and white Otomi art. The end result is cozy and inviting.
This Neutral Parisian Apartment possesses a lot of charm & character. The crown molding, wood paneling and gorgeous chevron hardwood floors don’t hurt; however, the choice of decor from the monochromatic wallpaper, wood stump coffee table, white linen fabrics to the jute rug are what makes this space so unique. Goes to show how adding texture to a monochromatic space can have a big effect on how a space looks and feels.
And that wraps up my suggestions on how to transform your space with texture. Let me know what inspires you. If you have any design questions, feel free to contact me through my email.
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