Transforming with Texture
Is a pop of colour what your room really needs? If I could have a penny for every time someone said “I think I just need a pop of colour,” I’d be rich. So often I hear clients say they’ve bought pillows, or artwork or a rug to add some colour and it’s just not working.
I’d like to suggest that rarely is a “pop of colour” the answer, but rather adding and layering texture will likely pull the room together beautifully. Sometimes that texture also manages to introduce pops of colour. Texture can be different products, finishes or patterns.
It’s always great to start a room with an inspiration piece to dictate the rest of the room’s decor, but once you have your inspiration piece how do you add texture?
Here are four ways to incorporate texture into any room:
Throw blankets, pillows, curtains and rugs
Not only do these items add texture, but they’ll go a long way to making the room feel warm and welcoming. Pillows are an especially great way to add texture, because you can combine patterns, materials and sizes to create dimension.
Don’t be afraid to add curtains, even to a window with a view. Just because you’re adding fabric to the window doesn’t mean the curtains ever need to be closed. Think of them as a beautiful frame for the view. If there isn’t a view, consider layering the curtains with sheers behind, or a natural bamboo shade.
There are so many beautiful shade and blind options now that allow light to filter into the room and still allow for complete privacy in your space.
Dress up the walls
Wallpaper has been big in recent years, and by now you know that wallpaper today is not the awful “never-coming-off-I’m-stuck-with-it-forever” stuff of the past. There’s always the recently popular shiplap look that can be done very inexpensively and then stained or painted over. A favourite solution of mine is to create a faux-panelled wall look (wainscoting) with 1×4 baseboards and then painting it out in the wall colour.
Finally, a very cost-effective solution is taping out simple geometric patterns and painting – even 12” horizontal stripes add a huge impact for wall texture.
Say NO to complete furniture sets
Combining finishes creates a much more interesting room. Get two identical sofas, but pair them with a co-ordinating set of chairs and unique coffee tables. Within your preferred style and taste select a variety of leather, fabric, stained or painted wood, glass, metal or concrete furniture.
Accessories should enhance the space
It’s always nice to keep the accessories simple and have a common theme, but combining finishes really does create the texture you want. Try layering a glass vase with a rustic piece, or white porcelain with antique china.
Colour is a beautiful thing, but without texture the room will lack the personality that you’re trying to achieve.
Decorator Kim Purvis, owner of Aurora Décor, is pursuing her lifelong passion of creating beautiful home spaces.