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Decorate with texture

Texture is more than touch. It can be sensed and felt with one look, before fingertips have even reached out.

1.    Think
If you haven’t already, you need to define your room’s look. If you jump into texture without forethought, it can swamp you. Loud textures make a space feel more intimate, whereas smooth ones equal sleek. Bold, saturated colour works best with flat textures whereas neutral palettes can handle more variation.  Understand your style, envision the end result and you’ll be guided to the right family of textiles.

2.    Broaden your horizons
When you say ‘texture’, most people’s minds run straight to fabric. They picture rugs, blankets, cushions and curtains before they can stop themselves. And quite rightly so. Fabric is such a huge part of it. But think bigger than that. Texture touches every inch of your room. The flooring: that’s textured. The paint: also textured. The lighting: textured. The furniture: again, textured. And the accessories within: you guessed it, textured. Imagine this kitchen without the shiplap wall panelling, the heavy weave of willow baskets, the sprouts of greenery, the upstanding breadboard, the gleam of copper. Texture gives a room soul.

3.    Find balance
Too much texture however will dilute the effect so it’s important to build on it gradually. Do your research, scour magazines and make the most of Pinterest to discover your must-haves. It may be that you fall in love with three specific ideas (for example, timber boarding on walls or ceilings, washed linen fabrics, and a wall of books, some tattered, some pristine), so incorporate those into your home first. See how they look, and then add another layer, and another. You’ll know when enough is enough.

4.    And remember, opposites attract
All smooth and sleek looks gorgeous. Rough and rugged is a double act that will always win applause. That being said, opposites attract just as much. A super chic glass table with a chunky blanket resting below, challenge paintwork tradition and put high-gloss on walls and matte on woodwork, hang an elegant mirror against a worn concrete backdrop. And, hear us out on this one, not every item in your room has to be beautiful. We attended a design workshop at interior designer, Rita Konig’s, home a few weeks ago. A superbly eclectic, bohemian London townhouse that left us momentarily speechless. She pointed out that her home is an interplay of lovely and ugly. A knackered lamp with a crooked shade sat on an antique table looked nothing short of magnificent. She spoke of how ‘ugliness’ can add texture to a room. A philosophy that not everyone will buy into, but we can testify, is true.

And although we don’t consider ourselves as trend followers (we design with timelessness in mind), we’ve accidentally found our spring/summer collection nailing one of 2016’s biggest texture trends: bringing the outdoors in, and the indoors out. It’s a little dose of the unexpected (or sometimes a lot of the unexpected, see Jo Malone’s Cherry Blossom tree at its Sloane Square store). Inside, it gives us a connection with nature and the great outdoors. Outdoors, it brings home comforts like candles and cushions from behind closed doors into the outside world.


TEXTURES

to want and wish for

Woodgrain: from the end of logs, to ceiling coverings, to rustic chopping boards. Wood always wins.
Tiles: so many shapes, sizes, styles, colours and patterns. And so very easy to look after.
Flora and fauna: any reference to nature is a big must for us. If flowers or greenery aren’t your thing, choose potted herbs or a vase of willow twigs.
Textiles: a texture staple. Think tufted rugs, cushions in different fabrics, any heavy curtains that tumble to the floor.


Texture talk

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