Interior Design You Want to Touch


Everything you touch has texture, also known as the surface quality of a material. It might feel smooth, rough, soft, hard, grainy, ridged or bumpy.

Textures come in two kinds, visual and tactile. Visual texture adds information without the physical component. For example, a sponged wall. It has the appearance of a sponge, but upon touch it feels smooth. Tactile textures have a 3-D characteristic you can feel, such as a velvet Victorian couch or a recycled wood countertop.

More importantly, texture adds depth and dimension to a room based on its capacity to absorb or reflect light. Rougher textures like velvet absorb light, while smother textures like satin reflect it.

Selecting the right mix of textures can transform a room from good to great. Among other pluses, textures help reinforce the theme, balance the room’s layout and move the viewer’s eye around the room. In short, texture keeps a room interesting and intriguing.

Deciding on Theme

basement-interior-designSay you pick a rustic theme and focus on the color palette: Maryville Brown, Brandy Crème, Stratton Blue, Rustic Taupe and Arroyo Red. Sure, the room may look rustic, but does it feel rustic?

A multi-sensory approach will make the interior design come alive for its users. If you want it to feel rustic, be sure to add more coarse textures such as reclaimed wood, stone fireplaces, weaved rugs, metal doorknobs, or tree trunk coffee tables.

Conversely, if you want to project a more modern theme, use smooth textures like polished concrete, glass, stainless steel and synthetics like linoleum.

In short, strategically placed textures enhance the participatory experience. Give users opportunities to glide their hands across a marble table, squish their toes on a shag carpet, or rest their head on a crushed velvet throw pillow.

Introducing New Textures 

Begin with the feeling you want to achieve in your room: elegant, romantic, warm, comforting, down-to-earth. Visit design showrooms as well as fabric and furniture stores window-seatto experience a wide range of textures.  Choose textures from there, moving up the physical design hierarchy.

Start with the flooring and walls because everything else builds on it or out from it. Rug or wood? What type of rug? What type of wood? Paint, murals or wallpaper? What type of paint? Will it be glossy, satin, dull or textured? If wallpaper, Smooth or base relief? Then texturize the items found above it or next to it. Want cozy, add softer textures. What upscale, add more marble or brass. You get the idea.

But just how clear is your vision for adding or enhancing textures into your home’s design that you and your guests can enjoy?

Want some help?

Contact us at 3W design if you need help choosing the right textures to highlight your home’s theme. If you need help picking a theme, we can talk about that as well. We’re easy to work with and have endless remodeling and design ideas. And we welcome phone calls at (603) 226-3399.

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