When we are decorating our home it is far too easy to forget the joy of physically touching and experiencing different surfaces and textures. We tend to focus on color and visual impact and forget that when we live in a room we are constantly touching things. We touch surfaces and objects all day long, when we put something down or pick something up, when we plump up a cushion or adjust a rug. The physical pleasure of touching something should not be underrated, as it brings a completely different dimension to our experience of a room.

There are myriad different textures that you can use in a room. Metal feels entirely different to wood, and both feel completely different to fabric. Even properly sanded and varnished wood will never be as smooth as metal, nor will it ever be flexible enough to molded into the almost infinite variety of shapes that metal can take on. That said, metal can never match the warmth and glow of wood or the huge variety of natural different shades that wood can take on, depending on its origin.

Of course, the champion of different textures is fabric. A normal weave fabric produces a pleasing texture when you rest your hand on the arm of a sofa or armchair, or when you hug a cushion during a scary movie. However, there are a wide variety of different types of weave, all of which produce a slightly different texture as an end result. The different types of fiber also make a difference to how the end result will feel under your fingertips.

Satin has a perfectly smooth texture which slides away under your fingers, giving you a feeling of intense luxury. Satin is a way of weaving fibers, rather than a type of fiber in itself, so you can get cotton satin, which will last rather longer than silk satin, a much more delicate fabric. A normal weave fabric made of silk won’t feel the same as a normal weave cotton fabric. Although the texture is very similar, the silk might be stiffer or softer, depending on the type of silk and how it was treated prior to weaving.

You can also bring texture into a room with a carefully chosen area rug. In a room full of smooth textures, such as metal and satin, a thick fluffy rug will provide an excellent contrast, not to mention a focal point for bare feet in the winter. On the other hand, a smooth rug in a room full of contrasting textures will carry on the theme of different textures, even across the floor. Don’t forget that an area rug can be made with a variety of different textures, so that a well-thought out rug can bring together various themes and textures present in a room.

Texture and touch should never be forgotten when decorating your home, as when proper consideration is given to these, the room will not only be a joy to look at but also a joy to live in.

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