Try incorporating textures, so take your room from old and grey to fun and unique!
When you are planning your home design – the element of textures can really tie a room together – and add interest that is effective yet subtle. Many times, the fabric of a piece of furniture is the first place one looks to add this element of interest. You can renew your old furniture with simple steps – whether simply using custom couch slipcovers or completely reupholstering them to change the color, plumpness of cushioning or even the texture. Fabrics are the obvious place to begin layering different textures and creating a design that you will love. But there are many other ways to create a feeling of texture – here are some simple tips to help you in making some choices.
The best place to begin is deciding on a look and how you want the room to feel when you are in it. Your furniture should echo the feeling – plush overstuffed couches will never convey a simple and stark feeling – they virtually invite guests to snuggle up. High back chairs with minimal padding send a completely different message. Consider this element of design when you are planning a room’s look.
When searching for cozy and warm – the best selections will fall into deep rich woods, plush fabrics with some depth to them or even woven lap blankets and throw rugs. The throw rug provides an important demarcation of space – it can accent hard wood flooring or even add texture and dimension to low pile carpeting. Some of the best designed rooms have an even distribution of these two texture choices so that there is a feeling of balance.
You’ll be surprised to see how you can achieve the complete opposite – a more streamlined and clean look by choosing furniture of lacquer or metals. Be careful though, you don’t want your room to feel void of emotion or warmth and evoke an operating room starkness! Pieces from nature, such as a unique branch of driftwood on a coffee table can add a level of visual interest to the room that is not overwhelmingly cluttering, but has the element of wood’s warmth.
When it comes to renewing your room’s look, renew your old furniture! That sofa can still play a role in adding texture. Fabrics should be varied in color within the same color family – but should not be the same fabric. Mix up a variety of textures from silk, linen, leather or even chenille. Look for custom couch slipcovers as a simple way to liven up your living room.
Remember that a simple choice of paint can do so much for a room – and it is another place to play with textures. Glazing a wall that receives a good deal of light will provide a nice hint of reflection. You can also choose to paint the ceiling a color other than white to add dimension. If you paint the ceiling a complementary color to the walls – you can go lighter than the walls to give the impression of higher ceilings. A bolder choice would be to paint the ceiling a contrasting color – either selection will add texture.