15 Sep Extravagant interior how to create the illusion
We all have a friend with a house we would die for. It seems everything they add to their home just makes it that bit better that yours, even if it is just a coaster! The funny thing is, the illusion of an extravagant interior is actually quite easy to achieve, for much less than you might think. You just have to be smart.
Through the next couple of months we will be discussing the key elements of an environment and what you can do to tailor your look and feel. Whether you want to optimise your office space, rethink your reception or update your retail space, by carefully considering the purpose, use, shape and light of the space, it is possible to completely transform your space, rather than having to find a new one.
In this first article we will be discussing how texture can dramatically change a space.
There are two types of texture, tactile and visual, both of which can be used to create the illusion of luxury without costing a fortune. Tactile textures, use 3D textures that you are able to touch. This can be difficult to manage in an interior where you don’t want people unnecessarily touching your furnishings, but there are ways around this. Using units such as shelving or credenzas means that a feature texturised wallpaper wall is protected from being touched. On the other hand, soft furnishings tend to be able to withstand this interaction, if a higher rub count is selected. Fabrics are a great way of creating a statement while not compromising on practicality. A large amount of seating is available in a two tone colourway. Not only could you choose one brighter colour with a base colour, you could also choose a pattern with a base fabric, if you wish to feature a texture, without overpowering your interior, this is a great way of achieving an effective result.
Alternatively an interior could feature a visual texture; this uses light and dark areas to create the illusion of a texture. This can be done through any surface including; wood grain laminates on furniture or flooring, window transfers, wallpapers or patterned fabrics. It can also be achieved through light and shadow, from a decorative lighting piece, a glass fronted feature wall or an interesting floor standing lamp.
The key to ensuring that your interior is cohesive, while embracing the use of textures is deciding on a colour scheme. Try and pick one texture that draws your eye because of colour, then compliment it with subtle textures dispersed around the room. Small details around the room can tie the space together as a whole. For example if you choose the colour silver as a metallic finish colour, think about matching table legs, door and drawer handles as well as kicker plates or light switches.
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By Sophie Hambling