Room #1 is a large living room in a beautiful, formal home. As you enter this
room, your eyes are immediately drawn to the
fireplace, with its granite surround, brass andirons and very large gilded
mirror on top.
The upholstery in the room looks like satin, and the tables are made from a dark
mahogany and topped with a polished stone. The drapery
appears to be made of the finest silk which puddles to the floor and drops
elegantly on the beautiful marble floor.
A grand piano in a shiny ebony finish, with the lid propped open, sits in
front of the large picture window at the end of the room, and caps off the
elegance of this room.
Room #2 is in the country, and is in a log home. The first thing you
notice when you walk in are the beautiful log walls. Then your eyes goes to the
fireplace, made from river rock.
The flooring is made from wide plank, recycled wood. There is a large
braided rug anchoring the seating area.
The upholstery on the sofa is a soft looking, nubby chenille, and quilts and
knitted throws in a garter stitch are scattered around the room.
An old restored upright piano sits humbly in the corner, reminding you of days
So here we have two beautiful rooms. Which one would you rather visit?
Left alone, what would you do in room #1? I would sit down at the piano
and see how it sounds. After that, I wouldn't have much interest in that room.
However, in room #2, I would want to go around and feel and touch things.
I would want to get a closer look at the river rock, run my hands over the log
walls, look closer at the floors, feel the quilts the throws, and perhaps take a
nap on that comfy looking sofa.
So why is it that we drawn to room #2? We haven't talked about color,
pattern, or scale?
We have been talking about texture. All of the items mentioned in room #1
are smooth, and lack texture. The items in room #2 are rich in texture.
Texture is casual, comforting, and inviting. It is also interesting. Items
without texture tend to be "perfect", and without the flaws and peculiarities
that make an item interesting.
This is why people love antiques, with their dents, scratches, rust and worm
holes. Wood can tell a story, unlike shiny plastics and factory steel pieces.
Most of us are never going to live in a log home, have wide plank flooring or
even large braided rugs. However, small touches of texture brought into our home
can still bring us comfort.
Many people have treasured items passed down from family members. It is a great
hobby to scour thrift stores and antique shops for items that bring warmth and
character into our homes. Sometimes these items need a little work, but they can
bring a great deal of personality and warmth into our homes.
Even pillows can make a big impact. The ones you find in the pillow aisle of
your department store are not very interesting. Find a beautiful fabric with
crewel embroidery, and sew up a few of them, and you have added texture and
personality to your room.
If you want to warm up your home, add texture. With every item that you add to
your home, whether it is a picture frame, or carpeting, you make a choice
about texture. Say yes to texture when appropriate, and your home will be more