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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Are You Missing the "T" word in your rooms?

Have you ever looked at a room in your own home or even in someone else's home and thought it looks nice its pretty, but something is missing. You can't say it is Great or Gorgeous.
 One of the missing elements just might be the "T" word, Texture or differences in the textures of the room. Do you all remember the rooms of the eighties where everyone got every table and lamp in brass and glass? Well now that is a perfect example of not varying textures in a room.

 A great or gorgeous room will have varied textures. You will find some rough textures, smooth and even shiney textures. Now go and look at a room in your own home, do you see variation in texture? You can bring rough texture to your room with baskets or sisal rugs. A glass chandelier or clear lucite block lamp for some shine. How about a smooth velvet sofa or chair? Here are a couple pictures of rooms that have a good use of texture:

Look at the rough texture of the basket and the brick floor. The desk has a smooth finish but on the top of the desk you will find a stack of rough and old worn books topped with a great piece of rough coral. All of this texture keeps this room interesting and not just a nice room. The use of the clear glass lamp, the bud vase and the glass french doors add just the right shine to the room therefore varying its texture.

This room shows a great example of texture variation. The coffee table is the obvious shine and so is the great lamp. But do you see some rough textures? How about the white coral on the books, the horns, and look at the two large pieces of twisted wood in the corner. Even the small black pillow has some great texture going on. All of these pieces keep this room interesting and alive with the use of the "T" word, TEXTURE!!

 Finding or adding texture to your rooms


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow! I never realized that the lack of texture was the missing link back in the "brass age!" I am learning so much, Kathysue! Great post!...hugs...Debbie

Kat said...

Great advice, Kathysue! I'm with Deb, I just thought it was the lovely salmon and teal color combos that dated those rooms lol. Hugs, Kat

Kathysue said...

Kat, I had to laugh because those two colors were short lived in that era, thank goodness, Yes that would contribute to dating a room for sure, Thankyou for the comment.

Deb, so glad to see you here and I am so glad you like this post!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Kathysue, you are so full of wonderful knowledge, and I love being able to have you explain things in ways that we can really understand. It is so easy to see a room you like and then not know what makes it work. You are so talented and just the best. I am with Deb, I am learning tons. Hugs, Marty

Jeanette said...

Another very interesting post and a fresh take on how much there is to learn from you about good design. You make the learning fun, my friend. I can't wait to see what you come up with next. Your new blog is beautiful! Jeanette

Kathysue said...

Jeanette, thankyou so much for your vote of confidence, it means alot to me,my dear friend.

La Dolfina said...

I love how you aim to educate the eye.
One can't assume that everyone knows these things...it's so great to break it down the way you do. I'm loving the direction you are going with this blog!!!!


Good thoughts! Love both of those pictures.

Susie @ Maddie G Designs said...

Great reminder of a very important aspect of design! Funny I normally wouldn't be a fan of brick floors but love them in your photo above.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Texture is important both in interiors and in garden design...funny though, because it is often over-looked...so much more attention is given it's big brother - color! Great post.(-:

Chats with Jack said...

Great post! I just added seagrass shades to my chandelier for this very reason.

Also, I wanted to tell you that the "why I blog" post in your sidebar is so inspiring. I have saved her words in my head and on my computer, and even quoted A Gift Wrapped Life in my post today.

xinex said...

Thanks, KathySue! These are beautiful pictures...Christine

designchic said...

I'm going to have to go look around...great post!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I so appreciate the inspiration and education you give us with each of your posts. It is always both informative and a pleasure to read your blog. Thank you, Kathysue.

Privet and Holly said...

At first I
thought you
meant T as in
"crossing the
T..." or finishing
a room off,
probably because
that is where I
am in a lot of
my rooms. Loved
that picture with
the desk and basket....
'Lots to inspire ~
thanks, Kathysue!
xx Suzanne