Texture is the new color!

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Texture is the New Color

Charlotte Urban Home Magazine by Catherine Whitney

In my personal world, I love the tone-on-tone look. There’s something very soothing about using similar colors with different textures. From my perspective, it’s organized, elegant and makes a powerful statement! It’s interesting but not overwhelming. When working with tone-on-tone or a monochromatic palette, one must create visual interest or excitement in unique ways.

I think it’s absolutely amazing how, as designers, we are continually reconstructing the visual landscape by creating a new twist on materials that we use every day. -Catherine Whitney

CUH 1One of my favorite ways is using different textures of the same basic color group on different materials and elements of the overall design. Some great examples of different textures that you might consider combining in your kitchen or bath are:

Cabinetry: There are so many exciting finishes available on fine custom cabinetry these days! If you are feeling modern or contemporary, you can use a high-gloss lacquer or a mirrored stainless steel door front. This gives a crisp and clean look to any space! If you are feeling a bit more rustic, you can have an open grain, sand blasted oak that has a “limed” finish applied to the open grain.

Metals: such as stainless steel, chrome, nickel, or brass can all have different finishes such as polished, brushed or matte (see image of brushed nickel faucet with honed Carrara marble counter-top).

Paints: Both wall and trim sheen’s can vary greatly and can really impact the room by using the same color and sheen for both the walls and the interior trim. One can also use the same color but different sheen’s. One of my favorite features is to paint the ceiling a shade or two off the wall color. This is a subtle effect but adds visual interest.CUH3

Counter-tops: Whether you are using natural stone, quartz composite, wood, metal or even porcelain, you can select different finishes, which greatly enhance their appearance.

Different finishes include: high polish, honed (non reflective), leathered, acid washed and many variations in between. One can also choose a chiseled or “live” edge to add interest.

Back-splashes: In the past, ceramic tile back-splashes were almost always high gloss. The last few kitchen renovations that I have designed incorporated a honed stone back-splash.

The individual tiles were all nearly the same tone or color but they each had unique shapes (see photo of hexagon marble back-splash). When making these important design decisions, it’s very helpful to create a “design board” that will allow you to see all of the finishes and colors that you have selected. While this is only a small representation of your project, it is extremely helpful.

 

Urban Home Charlotte August / September 2016

 

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