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The Interior Design Reference & Specification Book by Mimi Love, Chris Grimley, Linda O'Shea

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Chapter 11: Texture
Incorporating a range and balance of textures in a space can be as character-
dening as a sophisticated color scheme. It is difcult to think of texture in isolation.
More effective is to consider it combined with color as part of an integrated concept
for the design of a room’s primary surfaces. To work with texture, the designer must
understand the effects of shadow and reection caused by the surface conguration
of materials, including fabrics, metal, stone, wood, glass, and painted plaster. Since
all of these effects are concerned with how a surface catches light, the integration of
texture into the design concept further requires the synthesis of material selection
and lighting design.
TEXTURE IN MATERIALS
There are two basic types of textures: visual and tactile. Examples of materials with visual
texture are wood and stone, their texture dened mostly by the natural graining and veining
of the material. Tactile textures include hand- or machine-crafted fabrics and carpets. These
textures are used most effectively when they are positioned adjacent to a contrasting texture.
A rough texture next to a smooth texture, an opaque material next to a translucent material,
or a matte surface next to a reective surface are all strategies that designers should employ
when thinking about nishes.
Paper Glass
Wood
3 4
1
2
1 Metallic vinyl
2 Bark and aluminum
3 Woven veneer
4 Textured vinyl
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dening as a sophisticated color scheme. It is difcult to think of texture in isolation.
More effective is to consider it combined with color as part of an integrated concept
for the design of a room’s primary surfaces. To work with texture, the designer must
understand the effects of shadow and reection caused by the surface conguration
of materials, including fabrics, metal, stone, wood, glass, and painted plaster. Since
all of these effects are concerned with how a surface catches light, the integration of
textures are used most effectively when they are positioned adjacent to a contrasting texture.
or a matte surface next to a reective surface are all strategies that designers should employ
Glass
Wood
4
Bark and aluminum
4
3
1
2
1 Wood, solid stock
2 Wood veneer
3 Pressed board
4
Cork
5 Cork, modeled
6 Cork, thin strip
7 Cork, wide strip
5 6 7
5
4
1
2
1 Glass tile
2 Colored glass
3 Textured glass
4 Laminated glass
5 Textured/laminated
glass
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Composite
Metal
Stone
Clay
1 Textured ceramic tile
2 Terra-cotta tile
3
Glazed and unglazed tile
4 Porcelain tile
5
Metallic tile
1 Composite stone tile
2 Marble mosaic
3 Marble
4 Limestone
5 Cast stone
6 Granite
1
4
2
3
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2
3
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Texture
Text
Composite
Metal
1 Aluminum sheet
2 Perforated sheet
3
Flexible weave
4 Stamped sheet
5
Woven wire
6
1
1 Quartz solid surface
2 Quartz solid surface
3 Epoxy coating
4 Solid surface
5 Epoxy coating
6 Quartz solid surface
5
Textured ceramic tile
Glazed and unglazed tile
2
3
4
Composite stone tile
4
3
1
2
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