Plain colors may look
dull and boring for sometime. You can create focal
points in your home and make it look attractive and
interesting by the use of patterns and textures, while
maintaining the harmony and synchronization in your
home décor. There are unlimited choices of textures
and patterns for you to brood upon and choosing them
and arranging them in an inviting manner, is not so
easy a task, as it may seem at the first instance.
Textures and patterns play an important role in
determining the style of decorating the home.
Your environment limits your choices while every
individual may have different preferences too. However, here are
a few key points to keep in mind while selecting the right
texture and pattern or their combinations for your home that you
can use to create illusions of seemingly changed proportion of
rooms, climatic conditions and overall mood of the room:
Complex use of multihued patterns, diagonal
line criss-crossing lines each other randomly serves to keep
eyes busy. They can infuse new life in a large area other wise
dull but can lead us to distraction in a small room, and is
thus not advisable in small areas.
Vertical stripes are for rooms with low
ceiling as they create the illusion of height but should never
be used in a room with high ceiling or it will make room look
like a church!
If the room is narrow, add horizontal stripes
between the walls set closer together to add illusion of width
to the room.
You choice of pattern is usually determined
by the size and scale of space in the area or room. Larger
areas usually look good with larger prints while smaller areas
should use smaller prints. Sometimes, as a change you may
experiment with large prints in very small areas such as
corners or space under the staircases to add a touch of
opulence to those areas.
Using similar patterns in two or more
consecutive rooms put them together and creates a wide-open
plan look. The sudden or contrasting differences break the
sense of continuity and flow and come in handy when you want
to create certain focal areas or define spaces in over-large
rooms.Similarly, colors often play a vital role in the look of
a pattern. Shades of same color or colors of same group create
a subdued and subtle environment that is more peaceful and
restful while highly contrasting colors add energy and life to
a room. They are better for play areas or high-activity areas
in your home such as gym.
Since rough texture absorbs more light while
smoother texture reflects light to make everything look
sparkling, it can make a whole lot of difference to the room décor.
Rough texture gives a more rustic look though
it can add more natural feel than the artificial-looking
glossy areas. However, areas with higher gloss and sheen are
also smoother generally, making them easier to clean and thus,
go well with areas that need to be cleaned more often such as
kitchens and baths.