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The Interaction with Colour

We are all drawn to different colours depending on how they make us feel but did you know the same applies for patterns and textures. When we think about a particular style or interior theme that we want to replicate a large part of that attraction is the patterns and textures that are featured.

Having just returned from India I am feeling heavily inspired by the opulent interiors of the hotels where I stayed. The obvious components were intricate designs featuring the lotus (or animals and birds) coupled with the luxury of velvet upholstery and beautiful Persian rugs. But that’s not for everyone – it is about what appeals to YOU so read on to get some more insights into why pattern and texture are important elements to understand.

8 Reasons to Explore

Here are 8 reasons that patterns and textures are important in your home:

1. Visual Delight:

Patterns and textures are the artists' brushstrokes in interior design. They bring life and visual delight to otherwise ordinary spaces. Whether it's a beautifully patterned wallpaper, a textured rug, or intricately designed tiles, these elements capture the eye and add a sense of personality to the room. The play of light and shadow on textured surfaces creates depth, making the space visually intriguing.

2. Expressing Style and Personality:

Just as an artist's signature defines their work, patterns and textures reveal the personality and style of a room's occupants. Minimalist patterns with clean lines and subdued textures exude a sense of modern sophistication. In contrast, bold patterns and rich textures celebrate an adventurous and vibrant character. You have an endless palette to showcase your taste and preferences through these design elements.

3. Creating Focal Points:

Patterns and textures are exceptional at directing attention. A striking patterned accent wall or an opulent textured headboard instantly becomes the room's focal point. By cleverly placing these elements, you can guide the eye towards specific areas, enhancing the overall aesthetics and functionality of the space

4. Influencing Emotions:

The influence of patterns and textures extends beyond the visual realm; they evoke emotions and set the ambiance. Soft and plush textures, such as velvets and fluffy carpets, create a cozy and comforting atmosphere, perfect for relaxation. On the other hand, geometric patterns and sleek textures promote a sense of modernity and efficiency, suitable for dynamic workspaces.

5. Playing with Space Perception:

Patterns and textures are magicians in the realm of space perception. When used thoughtfully, they can transform the perceived size of a room. Vertical stripes make ceilings appear higher, giving an illusion of airiness. Meanwhile, horizontal patterns can widen a narrow space, making it feel more expansive.

6. Achieving Balance and Cohesion:

As with any form of art, balance is essential in interior design. Patterns and textures can strike this balance by bringing together various design elements cohesively. They provide a thread that weaves through the room, tying different pieces together into a harmonious whole.

7. Enhancing Functionality:

Beyond their aesthetic allure, patterns and textures can also serve functional purposes. Textured surfaces, like matte finishes on floors, help prevent slips and falls, ensuring safety without compromising on style. Patterns can be used to cleverly camouflage imperfections, making them an asset in design problem-solving.

8. Experimenting with Accents:

One of the joys of using patterns and textures in interior design is the flexibility and versatility they offer. Through accessories like cushions, curtains, and throws, you can experiment with different patterns and textures without committing to permanent changes. It allows for an ever-changing and dynamic living space.

Finding Your Style

So if you want to transform your space and create a distinctive look then patterns and textures are your first port of call. Next time you go shopping for homewares check out the cushion walls and rug stacks - note which patterns and textures attract you - is it the freshness of linen or the richness of velvet, is it the simplicity of stripes or the complexity of paisley. Whether it's a cushion, a rug, a bedspread or a throw you will probably find there is a consistency to your choices and this will help you find your personal style.

If you still need help let me know - drop me an email or send a text.

Deborah Ross - M: 0411 878 732

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