Color, scheme, and furniture come together to create a complete design. What shouldn't get overlooked are the supporting elements that lend themselves to creating an inviting space. Textures and prints are design elements that are beneficial players in the overall concept. There are different ways you can use them and seating is one. Seating is invitational asking guests to stay relax and enjoy the atmosphere you created. Custom-built booths can be upholstered with texture and prints to enhance design.
What is Texture
Texture is defined by "the sensation caused by the external surface of objects received through the sense of touch." Adding texture to interior design is the act of incorporating touch, and is a supporting role for the design. It can be done a myriad of different ways such as a shaggy rug, rough wooden table top, or crushed velvet curtains. The texture doesn't have to be with you to make an impact. All you have to do is flip through Architectural Digest or watch a home improvement show on HGTV to perceive the sensation of touch through texture.
Adding Visual Weight Through Texture and Print
Let's begin by addressing the phrase "visual weight." Designers use this terminology when they want to describe an object that draws attention in a crowded room. You've seen it. You've experienced it. Walk into a place like Nashville's Flamingo Cocktail Club and notice how the textured banquette seating adds "visual weight" to the overall concept. You can view some images below. How you place prints and textures depends on the design. Marrying opposing forces sometimes creates a harmonious balance. For example, using a rough and smooth surface or a using a small and large print together.
Create Balance with Multiple Uses of Print and Texture
Contrast creates visual interest. Moving too far in one direction or the other with texture and print can throw off the balance, and you lose an opportunity to punctuate. When design elements are too similar in appearance, our eyes stop moving around the room. Instead, we focus or glaze over. In the event you are trying to achieve a monochromatic analog, you'll need to rely heavily on opposing textures to streamline the design and maintain that all-important “visual interest”.
The Art of Mixing Print
For decades it's been considered taboo to mix prints. Arguably the restrictions might crop up because getting the right balance is tricky. However, when layered together appropriately, you can achieve visual weight and balance. The best approach for combining styles is to know your limits and have a basic understanding of some concepts. Mix prints by defining the leading print. A booth or banquette is substantial in size. You could use a printed upholstery fabric on the booth or banquette to be the dominant print. With that said, everything else would revolve around it. Layering additional details would consist of scaleable patterns that act as accents. We'll talk more about what design elements can become supporting roles, but let's reiterate how you should set some parameters to the number of prints you should use. Two will create interest, three or more will make an impact.
Supporting Design Elements for Your Printed or Textured Booth
1. Coordinate Colors
You can approach the mixing of prints and textures through color coordination. Each color doesn't have to match exactly. Tonal representations achieve interest.
2. Keep Sizes Varied
Mix your textures and prints. If we refer back to the Flamingo Cocktail Club, the size of the custom-built banquette works in tandem with the subtle texture of the fabric.
3. Don't be Afraid to Mix Concepts
There are other ways you can have contrast coexist in harmony. Bring together floral and geometric prints or marry velvet with satin.
4. Let Elements Shine
It's not necessary to have everything on the booth become upholstered. Let some of the building materials speak for itself. Brass, wood, and metal are textural elements that can lead to an interesting cohesion.
5. Incorporate Accessories
The upholstery doesn't have to be the only textural or print element. You can utilize accessories if your space has the room. Accent pillows are an excellent way to add dimension or add custom drapes to create interest.
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