Expression of Texture

There’s nothing better, given my personal sensibilities, than an environment designed to be rich in texture. By texture I mean a sea of ‘one thing’, which is subtly defined by a difference in scale, pattern or tactile element. It’s easy to create, you just have to pay close attention to the details of objects. The spaces in these three images do this well, and I find them visually dynamic. The warm tones in the first image are created by designing with a varied collection of color, material and pattern. The tones of the wood fence are reflected in the upholstery both in the bench cushions as well as the chair strategically perched in the protruding window above. Layered further, the knots and nail holes in the wood as well as the varied dimension of the lumber, create a visually textural vignette.

Taking clues from the natural environment, visual texture is created in the bedroom above by introduction of a tonal composition built upon the green and cream tones outside the window. Lastly, the living room seating group below uses an analogous color scheme, which are colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. One color is used as a dominant color while others are used to enrich the scheme. The analogous scheme is similar to a monochromatic one, but offers more nuances.

When you look at this home overall, it hangs together beautifully, through use of a limited color palette, and bold pattern and texture. The scheme here is titled “Dans le jardin”, In The Garden.  I believe it works.  Do you agree?

Images sourced at Marie Claire.



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Bold Blocks of Color

Designing with bold blocks of color adds focus and definition to a space. Whether applied in a pattern on the floor, or a solid on the wall or a piece of furniture, it is the strong, simple gesture that offers the greatest success. Color can create energy in a room. These examples offer a sense of possibility in the unexpected. Notice, each example has a strong foundation of white, for the color to read against. A little goes a long way when it comes to a bold statement. With that said, each space is balanced by accents of color in the space, whether patterned cups, texture and color of books, or an accent pillow placed just so, to strengthen the composition. Color is a great way to change up a space by introducing a few bold elements. It can be playful, or dramatic and serious, depending on the hue of choice. Go ahead. Be Bold. Be Brave. Have fun.

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How do I create a color scheme for my space?

Color can be intimidating. It creates mood, and often defines the character of a space. When developing a color scheme and incorporating color from many sources in a space, sometimes it is hard to visualize. For example, you may have a red chair, brown sofa, and gold tones in your drapery. What paint and FLOR tile colors will look best in my room? One great resource is the Color Wheel.  The digital version of this time tested resource is quite sophisticated, and makes the tangible connection to RGB printing colors, which can be taken to your local paint store and mixed to the formula you request. It takes away much of the guesswork of color selection, and provides the opportunity to play around with different color effects, such as a monochromatic or tonal scheme of say, all grey tones, or a study of contrasting or complementary color, to create a dramatic space.  I spent some time on this Color Wheel site, and was able to come up with some beautiful palettes, providing very different solutions for the very same room.

It is helpful when diving into a color study, to understand the principals and vocabulary commonly used. It makes it easier to make color choices, and apply them to your color wheel exercise. Here are a few to get you started.

1. Hue – the color (such as red)
2. Value – the lightness or darkness of the color
3. Chroma – the dullness or purity of a color. From the pure hue, each step adding  a bit of grey. Most artists in the U.S.A. refer to this characteristic as “saturation”. Sometimes, the terms saturation and chroma are used interchangeably. When scientists analyze the color of light, saturation and chroma are not the same.

Have fun exploring color options and effects!

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