Designing with texture

Jun 15, 2015 | Anoushka's Blog, Interior design and decoration

Hi All, Are you all watching House Rules on channel 7 at the moment? I’m loving this season. It’s wonderful to see how the teams progress from reno to reno over the weeks. You see them making less and less mistakes and subsequently some of the finished rooms are pretty awesome.

I especially liked last nights reveal, the WA home. The reason I loved this reno so much was how a number of the teams played with texture through their choices of finishes to gain maximum impact without having to fill their zones with lots of bright pops of colour. Apart from the terracotta walls in the main living area the colours were a lot more neutral this week yet we saw some of the teams achieve the biggest scores yet. Why is this? Well using texture in your design requires a lot more thought and ability than just throwing colours in. I believe it’s harder to stay restrained with your colour palette when you’re trying to achieve big design impact, sticking to the soft coastal neutral colours like Cassie and Matt did was really brave. But because they really thought about their design and wanted to create a calm, balanced interior to reflect the coastal brief, they used texture through their ensuite wall tile and their master bedroom timber feature wall. What this does is create that feature needed as a focal point in the room without it hitting you hard as you walk in. The judges couldn’t fault this zone and I can see why.

Some of the other teams showed signs of texture with the staked stone around the fireplace in the lounge room and the coffee table in this space. Also the feature wall tile in the main bathroom and vanity basins were super textural and very brave choices but they worked as they didn’t have these features competing with lots of impactful colour.

So what’s the take away here? For a calmer, paired back and natural interior (very much the way I like to design for my clients) steer away from large expanses of strong colour and use textural elements through tiles, flooring, soft furnishings and furniture pieces to create an elegant, timeless interior that is super easy to live with.

Happy decorating!

Cassie and Matt's master bedroom with the textural feature wall adding the wow factor

Cassie and Matt’s master bedroom with the textural feature wall adding the wow factor (photo source: au.tv.yahoo.com)

Bronik and Corrine's bathroom with the pebble feature wall and stone vanity basins creating impact.

Bronik and Corrine’s bathroom with the pebble feature wall and stone vanity basins creating impact. (photo source: au.tv.yahoo.com)

Ryan and Marlee's lounge room using stacked stone around the fireplace and a feature coffee table to die for!

Ryan and Marlee’s lounge room using stacked stone around the fireplace and a feature coffee table to die for! (photo source: au.tv.yahoo.com)

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