How to Incorporate Patterns and Textures in Interior Design

When you think of interior design, the hierarchy of thought is often this: space planning, architectural and interior design style, colour palette, furnishings, materials, followed by patterns and textures. In architectural and interior design, patterns and textures are often relegated as an afterthought that comes secondary to more “important” design elements such as space planning and style but they should never be overlooked as they wield the power to make any space pop. The reason why many neglect them are because of their seamless ability make any room more visually appealing without people even knowing.

A Tactile Environment

Everything in a room has texture but adding texture means amplifying the tactile quality through the use of materials and varying surfaces. From soft fabrics and textiles with movement, to harder materials like wood and stone, or any touchable surface, these materials have the ability to spice up the design of the space through sight and touch.

Tactile Textures

Tactile Textures are produced by the physical surface texture of the material – a surface can feel smooth, soft, hard, rough, grainy, bumpy or ridged. Introducing light on the peaks and valleys of a textured surface allow light and shadows to bounce off the surfaces, enhancing visual texture to complement the overarching office interior design.

Visual Textures

Visual Textures are produced by colour or pattern. A surface can be made to look quite different from the way it feels to the touch. For example, smooth surfaces can have visual textures, small and intricate patterns can be “read” as texture, and a faux finish can imitate the surface of other materials such as wood, brick, marble, silk or stone.

Interior design firms Singapore can guide you on how to use patterns and textures in your space optimally. In addition, experts can draw other design elements together, such as lighting and colour to further enhance the use of patterns and textures, thus elevating the experience of the space for who step inside it.


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