You can put color in a room, either as an accent or completely thematic. Yet, the same room can feel like it still needs something.
Maybe your color palette is made up of shades that are not too far apart. Or, you have a few
Here is where patterns and textures come in. In this article, we will cover both of these aspects one at a time, and show examples of each to demonstrate how they each can impact a room.
Patterns are repetitive decorative features designed to either break up a space or bring it together, depending on the application.
Geometric shapes, lines and objects can all be placed in repetitive form to create different effects, depending on the space, items used, and so forth.
Simply put, if you want to add some unity to a room, you can achieve this by incorporating a pattern into the mix. An excellent example of this is using an area rug. In particular, tribal rugs are popular, and can serve this purpose very well.
There are two ways to make this happen. On the one hand, you could place a decent sized area rug on the floor between two sofas facing each other. It’s like having an extra “floor” in between the sofas.
On the other hand, if the area rug is large enough, you could arrange the same sofas on top of the rug, again facing each other, with a coffee table centered between them. The idea is to center the entire ensemble on an area of the room, like a fireplace.
In either case, you’re unifying the space, bringing separate elements together to create a space within a space.
Incidentally, quilts have even been used for wall hangings to bring a room together.
Patterns can also create emphasis. A pitched ceiling, for example, can be “emphasized” with the use of a row, or pattern, of exposed timbers.
Patterns can highlight a feature of a home that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Usually people turn to color to create energy. One of the most common energy colors is red. However, energy can also be achieved by using a pattern. Patterns create energy because they’re repetitive. They “move” your attention through the entire pattern, and sometimes to another feature of the home that the pattern is intended to draw attention to.
A simple explanation for what textures are is anything that you interact with through your sense of touch. But textured items do also have a visual element that can draw the viewer’s attention.
Let’s see what areas that textures impact a space.
Visual weight is a term used in the industry to describe an object or space that draws attention to itself. When speaking of textures, a simple example of this is using two objects – one soft, the other rough – and places them next to each other. The rough one will stand out more because it’s more textured, or rough.
Having texture in your home décor is somewhat like cooking with acidic ingredients and sweet ones. Depending on the dish, one will be used to balance the other.
Having a feature that stands out amidst similar shades is bringing the décor some balance.
We’ve learned quite a bit here. Patterns can, among other things, bring a sense of unity, emphasis and energy to a space. Textures too can bring visual weight and balance, sometimes picking up where patterns leave off.
If you’re getting ready to decorate your home, be sure to look at these powerful aspects of decorating, so you can bring your home the greatest impact possible.