It's all in the mix...

Varying textures and styles to create a lived in space


What do you get when you cross a rough-hewn wood, a glossy lacquer finish and nubby, textural fabric? A pulled together look! One of the hallmarks of a well-designed space is the visual juxtaposition of textural elements.

Ever wondered why a completely modern space can seem so cold? Or an overly upholstered room can seem claustrophobic? Designers love mixing elements to stir up more visual interest. A cowhide rug in a stark bedroom, a high impact modern lamp in a feminine boudoir, or a stately burl wood armoire behind a sleek leather Egg Chair are good examples of “mixing it up”.

It’s always nice to have something with a little history behind it, so try to throw in a little antiquity. Flea markets, vintage stores and Grandma’s house are great sources for one-of-a-kind pieces that will make that custom-made, high gloss dining table really shine.