Interior Design: Textures & Lighting
The next elements to consider when designing a room are textures and light.
Texture has an amazing effect on the overall feel of a room. An area that uses smooth and soft textures has a tendency to feel more formal and feminine. In a formal living room we are more inclined to use rich silks and satin’s, plush carpet, brass and glass, and wood with smooth high gloss finishes. In a casual family room we are more inclined to use fabrics with more textures like denim, or corduroy, carpets such as Berber and sisal, and wood such as oak and pine. The overall impression is more relaxed and masculine. Large rooms can be made to feel smaller with tougher, thicker, richer textures and small rooms can be made to feel larger with smoother, shiner hard surfaces.
Proper lighting is essential and must never be overlooked when developing a room’s overall appearance. Light creates a feel of security and is a necessary safety feature. There are two types of light, natural and artificial. Natural light is supplied through windows, skylights, and door openings, but the amount of light received can be controlled by ourselves through the use of draperies and blinds. Artificial light is totally supplied by the designer. The functions of the room must be considered, so that the designer can supply the right type and amount of light. There is general lighting, task lighting, which supplies concentrated light to a specific area, (work station or reading chair) and there Is accent lighting, which is decorative, more than functional.