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Introduction to Texture

Ever wondered why people have become so interested in old things, to the point of distressing new furniture? People are crackling their walls to make them look old, and old pieces of furniture, green with age, chipped and filled with worm holes, are becoming more popular.

We live in an age of plastics, steel, glass, and laminated surfaces. It is all smooth and without character. In this modern complex world we have reached the point where many of us are becoming nostalgic for the warmth of a more familiar and relaxing environment. In many instances things with texture represents our past, and these old things can have a calming effect on us.

More designers are turning to the use of textures and dramatic room elements to set apart their design from everyday life. People are building new, expensive homes using new building techniques to add texture to walls, ceilings and glass, and commercial designers are picking up on the latest trends as well.

How to Use Texture to Add Visual Interest

Creating an interesting interior space can be made simpler through the use of art which is consistent with the theme of the interior treatment. Key visual elements, such as a mural, create a center of attention, or patterns on a wall can support a theme, time, or mood.


Residential Designing
Be observant. Your eyes are wonderful tools for selecting just the right treatment. To begin to develop your next design, find an example which you can use as a model. This can be of a design setting that is pleasing to your eye and is similar enough to provide an example of what you might do with your interior space. This example might be located in a book, magazine, or even in real-life.

Berber carpet is a simple example of a textured home decoration. Plants are often used for the same reason.

Gaining in popularity and the special painting techniques and textured coverings now add texture to wall. Shiny aluminum blinds are now being replaced by a linen or textured look.

Using just a bit of any darker hue, faux embossed patterns bring walls from flat to fabulous, while still keeping very much in a neutral palette. Wallpaper lovers will revel in the effect created by the many textures offered by dreamScape, including leather, silk, canvas, and faux suede. Note the rich effect below using the leather artistic texture.

For your more formal decorating themes, brocade prints on dreamScape woven patterns add a unique look and feel. If on the other hand, you crave the lusty flavor of a Tuscany Villa, consider a Venetian plaster treatment for your walls, and fill the space with Italian clay pottery and tapestry linens.

If you find yourself wanting to do something to spruce up a boring room, take a look around and see if you may be missing texture in the room. You may be able to get the results you want with the addition of just a touch of texture, and don’t forget the fifth wall: the ceiling!

Commercial Applications

Color, texture, and shape are the fundamentals in good design. When you view an object, the way that the light is reflected off of it onto your eyes is commonly known as color. Texture is the way that the object feels to you visually. Shape is the basic makeup of the object reflected visually. The correct combination of these characteristics results in a visually harmonious atmosphere.

The walls, as the backdrop of a room, can be a showcase for texture. If you are an off-white addict, some people would try faux techniques such as ragging, combing, or sponging. dreamScape offers a high quality, easier alternative to these dramatic techniques.

It is true that certain architectural elements of a room demand more attention then others. A dramatic wall treatment through the use of a mural, or a special design on just the right texture will either be the focal point if it is a mural, or just make a theme look more complete, as with custom patterned wallcoverings.

The many textures offered by dreamScape can make your next commercial project a dramatic success!

For some additional design ideas, visit these sites:
    Designing Online
    Interior Decorating, Wikipedia