Feel this- TEXTURE

 

 

December 15, 2013

Hello again,

I wish everyone happiness, love and gratitude this holiday season.  Don’t let the stress and busy-ness get to you.  Make sure you enjoy yourself!

So I was thinking about texture the other day and how important it is to me.  I once went to the friend of a friend’s beachhouse for a weekend.  I’m sure it was a lovely house in a beautiful setting, but the only thing that I remember is that the interior walls were clad in wood, rough, unsanded wood, like fence palings.  It was horrible to touch and I couldn’t believe someone would choose to put this on walls where bare skin might come into contact with it.  Shiver me splinters!

Textures can add a lot to a room.  For instance, one can utilize a really limited palate by using interesting textures.  Like this: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/86623992806060261/

The white tiles work as a perfect background for the display of textures: glass jars and the woven baskets, and the random bits of colour.  It is restrained and attractive.

Or how about this one: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/490048003174618304/   Also using a background of white, this room contrasts the coldness of the metal and the starkness of the bright white with the warm, natural wood of the boxes and the floor.  The wood softens the sterility of the other elements in the room.  The fruit, herbs and flowers add colour. This kitchen becomes an interesting room because of the contrast of texture, use of colour and balance.

A kitchen is a perfect place to create an atmosphere using what’s around you, as seen in the first picture with the jars of dried foods.   Open shelves give the perfect space to fill it with beautiful things that mean something to you.  Tea towels, fruit, plants, bowls handed down from one’s grandmother… all of these can be pleasing to the eye and add a lot to a room that is already the heart of the home. Especially if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen!

Happy holidays.

Elizabeth

 

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