If you’re like me, you may sometimes have a creative tug of war with yourself while designing? Let me give you an example…
What should my color palette be?
Do I go with neutrals for a muted, calming effect?
I wax bohemian with a seemingly incongruous mix of color and print that
magically come together in a stylistically cohesive stroke of
Am I feeling all glam lacquer and brassy hollywood – regencyish?
questions could all be swimming around in my noggin for the SAME room!
Often, there are so many options and directions to take your vision that
it can feel overwhelming. However, whenever my decorative neurosis
strikes, my go to therapy is TEXTURE!
Seriously. Make it your mantra. Texture, texture, texture. Mixing and varying the tactile qualities in your space will never let you down. I promise!
next time you’re having an inner design dialogue and just can’t get
your style mojo going, try out these tips for creating a texture rich
room that will be a feast for the design weary eye :
Hide and Fur
like a good hair day, animal hide rugs, benches, and pillows make
everything look and feel better. Try Tibetan lamb for a more luxurious
take on fur. These rich accents will provide visual interest and depth
to your space instantaneously.
Nature is the best decorator of all..so put her to work! The use of
organic materials will naturally add interesting and varying shapes and
feel to the room. Think natural stone table tops and floors, driftwood,
and teak, coral (that has already been harvested), minerals such as
pyrite, crystals and quartz as objects for tables. Old clay pots, raffia
window shades, and natural grass carpets will anchor your room with
is your new best friend, so let it also be your hero for the major
upholstered pieces. Layer in your extras with a mohair covered ottoman, a
leather chair, an alpaca throw over the back or the arm of your sofa.
Keep it airy with cotton or linen scrim as window dressing, or go more
luxe with fluffy silk or tailored wool curtains.
forget to mix in your metal. A funky hammered silver chandelier, mid
century brass lamps and tables, gold and copper hardware. The hard
surface and light reflective quality that metal offers is the perfect
foil – pun intended – to the quiet foundation that your linen, leather,
fur, and mellow woods play.
is your baseline textural tool. Mix in faded Turkish rugs and
sheepskins over your grass carpets, bespoke soft wool or slubby raw silk
curtains over raffia shades, fringy throws over ottomans, piles of
pillows in a full textural range…the choice is yours! Or, you could up
the ante on your upholstered seating by applying trims in cotton or
linen tape with tiny spaced metal nails or tacks.
are some examples of how I have used a strong textural palette to add
interest and to bring depth to different spaces in my own home.
So, remember your mantra..texture, texture, texture. By allowing a juxtaposition of surfaces like soft and smooth, rough and sleek, rustic and luxurious, you will create a daring space with a vibe that is all you. And, bonus, you will have trumped the oh-so-tired questions of color versus neutrals and solids versus patterns! Your space will be a brilliant textural triumph that YOU created, you go mix-master!