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Textures in furnishings and floors impact the look and feel of a room

July 08, 2013

Hardwood FloorsSo much is made of color in home design that texture is often overlooked. But different materials, including wood floors like those in Anderson's Bryson Plank collection, can have a big impact on the look and feel of a room.

Homeowners can widen their options significantly when they consider texture along with color and patterns in their design scheme. Using fabrics against the hard surfaces of wood furnishings often makes a room seem more inviting. Even masculine styles like Mission furniture benefit from the interplay of different textures in upholstery on cushioned seating.

Fabrics bring atmosphere
Soft furnishings such as rugs and cushions are often used to unify different elements in decorating. A series of area rugs in coordinating colors and patterns can be used, for instance, to tie together the overall look of a room design.

Creating a certain atmosphere can be achieved based on which soft furnishings are chosen. Light and airy fabrics for window treatments brighten up a room, for instance, while heavier materials for drapery or roman shades make a room cozier.

Choosing patterns
To choose patterns that complement rather than conflict with each other, there should be a similarity in the shapes and their size in the pattern regardless of whether they are in different colors, according to The Learning Channel. However, materials that have contrasting textures should share colors that are in the same family or have a "resemblance" in tone. Grid and checkerboard patterns are among the easiest to blend with square and rectangular shapes.

Accessories can also add a tactile quality to a design plan. Wicker furniture has an earthy texture, but it goes well with china or glass for an elegant vintage feelĀ and brings out the rustic appeal of decorative pieces in hammered metals and wrought iron.

Same color, different textures
A monochromatic color scheme presents a special challenge to home decorators when hues are too close in intensity or within the same color family. Blending them together successfully frequently depends on an infusion of textures to break up the uniform look.

DesignRulz.com featured a blue living room in which the walls were painted a deep blue with a sofa in a gray-blue paisley pattern and upholstered chairs in a subtle blue and beige plaid. An additional chair in blue leather brought yet another texture into the mix.

It's the variety of textures that brings each element together and gives each its own character rather than allowing it to blend into the background.