What is Texture?

Patterns and textures, are used to enhance style, depth, and a sense of realism in your designs. They can be added to individual forms or to the space around forms and they help elevate your interiors to the next level. Texture is often defined as: the sensations caused by the external surface of objects received through the sense of touch. Basically, how things feel.

Texture vs. Pattern

They are two distinct and necessary components of any design. Pattern refers to a visual print while texture is about how something feels.

Texture Provides Balance

Contrast is essential when it comes to design because it keeps things balanced and also provides visual focus. Textures are used to ensure your most important elements stand out or when you want to emphasise a prominent focal point.

Texture is particularly important if you’re working within a specific colour palette where the shades are very similar. When you have a monochromatic or analogous colour scheme, choose items that heavily contrast. When they come together, they will bring a sense of harmony to the space.

Texture can add Visual Weight

Rough textures are more likely to make a space feel intimate and grounded while smooth textures bring a sleeker cooler tone to the room. Putting a smooth texture directly next to a rough one will make the rough object stand out and seem weightier than if you space them apart. Use distance to decide how subtle an effect you would like to achieve.

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