How to use pattern and texture

Texture is everywhere and in everything. Pattern, on the other hand, is optional. But the two can be combined in numerous ways and the results can be exceptional.There two types of texture, tactile and visual. The tactile texture refers to the 3D feel of the surface you touch. The visual texture, on the other hand, refers to the illusion of the surface’s texture. It’s a 2D representation and it’s not an element that should concern you when decorating your home.

Usually, the texture, regardless of its type, has a repetitive element, a motif. It’s the same with the pattern. Any recognizable motif that is regularly repeated produces a pattern. As a result, the connection between pattern and texture is very strong. All textures have a pattern but some are more prominent than others. Sometimes the pattern is not even noticeable but it’s still there. It’s the surface that takes all the attention away from it.

Patterns are usually more noticeable than textures simply because they are a stronger visual element. This means that your first concern should be pattern. If you have something specific in mind than it’s easier. Some patterns, such as stripes or checkerboards, are very common. In these cases it’s easy to shift your attention towards the texture.

In other cases it gets more difficult. The best to work with pattern is by keeping it simple. You can opt for a simple pattern but in bold colors. In this case the texture falls on the second place once again. When the colors are soft and neutral, the texture tends to play a more important role because the pattern is no longer there to capture all the attention.

It’s not necessary to only use one pattern. Variety can be great, even though it requires more attention and effort. Traditional patterns can be easily combined with abstract patterns and still result in a harmonious composition. The colors and the textures play an important role in this case. The texture needs to match when you’re choosing bold patterns but if the colors are soft or neutral than you can play with texture and make a nice mix. It’s not easy but it’s rewarding.{picture sources:1,2,3 and 4}.

Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on May 14th, 2012


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