Color palette and scale are a large part of designing a room, yet the details of texture and pattern are often overlooked or relegated to secondary choices. Surface elements can unify a space as much as color can, and this is even more important in a space with virtually no color (think all-white or monochromatic spaces). The trick in those rooms is to use texture (such as a variety woven white fabrics on furniture: fluffy mohair, coarse linen, embroidery details, or a textured quilting).
In this Family Room project, the overall color scheme called for subtle colors (misty pale blue walls, lots of white woodwork, a pale golden hued flax linen on the sofas) so the plan was always to add interest through texture. We procured Navajo baskets and 17th century Spanish metal candlesticks at auction; an antique rug in a tone on tone pattern came from a Boston dealer; we added a variety of ceramics like Majolica, tin glazed earthenware from France, and beautifully patterned Navajo pottery — all completely different ceramic styles but they worked harmoniously together; and we ordered a custom sized reproduction chip carved sideboard lending both texture and pattern to the furniture mix.
Tiny details matter, so even the bronze nailheads on the chairs and stools had an interesting patina and were applied over fine linen trim or a leather band. Other materials included a buttery leather on stools, English fine woven wool on chairs, hand blocked linen at the windows, English woven wool striped fabric for pillows, and a smooth limestone and iron cocktail table custom made for our specifications by a Maryland based artisan.
While all of the elements are beautiful and significant on their own, the mix of surface texture and patterning is what makes this room come alive.
If you are considering a Family Room renovation or other project in your home, we invite you to visit more images of this project on our website.