Two Very Different Rooms That Both Get One Thing So Very Right

Two Very Different Rooms That Both Get One Thing So Very Right

Taryn Williford
Oct 27, 2015
(Image credit: Rebecca Bond and Brittany Purlee)

Take a look at the bedrooms above. They couldn't be more different in terms of style and taste. One is dark and moody, the other is light and minimal. One is full of interesting detail, the other is simple and uncomplicated. What could they possibly have in common to teach us?

Two things, actually:

1. Texture is important. ...and...
2. Texture should be in proportion to the room.

(Image credit: Rebecca Bond)

In Abigail Ahern's Dark and Dramatic East London Home, a maximalist ideal prevails. There's a lot going on in this room, so she can afford to add in lots of cozy texture. The two rugs, bed linens and even the wooden wall all play up and appeal to your sense of touch.

(Image credit: Brittany Purlee)

All that texture adds visual weight to a room, though. If your room is minimalist by nature, like the bedroom in Sam & Linsey's Thoughtful Chicago Home, you'll want to tone down the texture. It's important to still have something that appeals to touch, as in the furry rug. But since there's aren't many elements in the room, the space doesn't need as much texture. See? It's all about proportion.

Take it Home: Too Little Texture, or Too Much?

The lesson here is a classic Goldilocks scenario. To apply it to your own space, do a little audit of the texture in a room–anything that looks like it would feel good or weird or interesting to touch–and edit or add accordingly.

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