It’s hard to put into words exactly what gives a ‘look’ the X Factor. Working out what makes it work so gloriously is not always easy. Does it stand out because of amazing furniture, smart choice of textured fabrics, unbelievable curtains, no curtains and what simple decorating techniques can I use to capture the same thing? And will it stand the test of time.
The first thing I do is name the feeling it creates. Cozy, charming, sleek, peaceful, unusual?
What we are talking about is mood. And while we use things to create mood, mood is not about things. Mood is like magic. Wonderful.
Copying colour schemes or particular pieces to get the same result is no guarantee. Copied rooms often look kind of flat and hollow. So how do we invoke mood? One way is fabric texture. Let’s investigate.
Texture in fabrics can create and emphasize mood. It gets rid of the two-dimensional look often found in carefully structured one color themes or minimalist rooms. Unfortunately, these rooms can feel soulless – no matter how expensive or well crafted.
Textured fabrics can create warmth, set the tone, style and even use of a room. A grand dining room often needs rich velvets, brocades, paisley and taffeta to bring it to life while a romantic bedroom wants softer voiles, pique, lightweight cotton and ribbon trims.
There are hundreds of different fabrics, each with its own textural qualities. How you use them is up to you, but if you take advantage of their distinctive features, you’ll get the look you want, using less, more relaxed and less contrived. This applies not only to foundation fabrics but also smaller or detailed fabrics. Each additional fabric you choose with its characteristics creates a new layer of interest for your eyes to take in and appreciate.
So be conscious and in tune with your fabric texture selections. This simple decorating technique is time well spent because the eye takes it all in. The tiniest details, not obvious to the casual observer, add up creating a unique mood and stylish decorating.
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