Contrast and Conquer

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Did you ever wonder why some insides seem fantastic and others simply look … apartment?

It’s not enough to have a great collection of furniture in a room. Additionally, it is important to have a variety of textures — to contrast flat finishes with tough ones and reflective ones with ones that are textured. This diversity provides the inside higher depth and visual appeal, because the eye doesn’t “read” everything about the same plane.

Vary the reflectivity of objects, also. If a room is full of rough textures and organic finishes, throw into a mirror, a piece of mercury glass or a clear glass table top. If the decor is sleek and pristine, then mix in certain hand-crafted artifacts or natural finishes.

By adding a little variety into the mix, you are going to get a distance that feels richer, and such as it has been assembled over time.

Judith Balis Interiors

Texture may come from furnishings or from the room’s surfaces. Imagine how much less intriguing this chamber would have been with flat plasterboard walls. The painted flat paneling and toothy wicker seat add depth and variety.

Jane Lockhart Interior Design

This complex coffered ceiling adds texture and pattern to what is otherwise a rather neutral inside. The masonry fireplace may be simple and geometric, but its rocky texture adds a welcome contrast.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

While books are made to be read, they’re also a good way to add texture, as in this particular home. Notice how some were organized vertically and others were set on their sides, including routine within the bookcase.

Carolina Design Associates

A mixture of textures is particularly important if you’re working with a sound, monochromatic color palette. A rustic armoire provides a welcome touch of feel in this room.

Valorie Hart

This Lucite chair would have vanished if it had been paired with a glass table. However, the contrast with this traditional wood console makes both pieces stand out longer and creates a wonderful tension between the two.

Leverone Design, Inc..

You do not need to have specially textured fabrics to attain the look of texture. Here the tufted sofa creates a drama of light and shadow that provides the illusion of extra texture. The painting on the wall provides visual variety, also.

Michael Abrams Limited

In this case the upholstery is not tufted — the wall is! The therapy adds variety to a monochromatic inside without forfeiting the tranquil feeling.

Ellen Grasso & Sons, LLC

When picking upholstered pieces, avoid cloths that are the same texture. If you prefer a unified appearance, match the fabric colors but choose different colors or fibers. You can even introduce contrasting feel with cushions, throws or rugs — even layering one carpet on another.

Spinnaker Development

While flooring are a excellent place to introduce feel, do not overlook the ceiling. This bedroom’s high-gloss tongue and groove ceiling contrasts nicely with the matte, organic-looking fabrics beneath it.

Urrutia Design

Something as simple as a vase of corkscrew willow may add texture that is essential.

Peterssen/Keller Architecture

The types are contemporary, but the surfaces are varied, giving this dining area extra attention. Note how toothy, natural finishes are paired with shiny silver and glass accessories to change the sheen as well as the feel.

FJU Photography

By their own nature, contemporary interiors are made to be homogenous. But also much similarity can come across as flat and dull. In this case the painted brick fireplace, honeycomb pendant lights and engineered wood ceiling include texture and pattern without undermining the contemporary aesthetic.

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