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Most likely texture isn’t a subject you’ve thought a lot about, but can you imagine life without it? Nature is rich in texture. From the crevices and grooves of tree bark to the soft fur of a kitten, texture adds depth, interest, and variety to our lives.
I once worked with a client who was trying to sell her house and having no success. She had smooth marble floors, no rugs, leather furniture, glass tables with metal legs, and wood window blinds. There was not one surface in the main rooms of the house that was not smooth and sleek. Buyers were telling my client that the thing they didn’t like about the house is that it felt “cold”. My client didn’t understand why they were saying that or what to do about it. When I saw the way she chose to decorate her home, I could see immediately why it wasn’t selling. The explanation was simple. When there is an abundance of very smooth surfaces in a room (marble, glass, metal, leather), the room lacks texture and will often feel cold and unfriendly.
Remember that Feng Shui goes beyond how a space looks and focuses on how a space feels
. If you’ve read my book, Feng Shui that Makes Sense
, you’ll know that one of the most important aspects of creating good feng shui is to add materials, shapes, and images from nature to your living and working environments. By including a variety of textures indoors, you’ll be creating a space that will instinctively feel more relaxed and nurturing because texture is such an important aspect of the natural world.
To illustrate the role texture plays in creating a relaxing space, look at the living rooms pictured above. Both rooms are stark white, but evoke completely different feelings. The main difference between the two is that the living room on the bottom has a variety of textures, and the room on top does not. Completely smooth surfaces rarely exist in nature. Even bodies of water usually have ripples upon them. When a room has nothing but completely smooth surfaces it will tend to feel cold and uncomfortable because these conditions are simply not found abundantly in a natural setting. When texture is added to balance all the smooth surfaces, the room will instinctively feel better.
How can you bring more texture into your home and work spaces?
Here are ten easy tips to help you out.
1. Area rugs
Area rugs are a great way to balance the feeling in rooms with smooth floors. Textured rugs will warm up a space and have the added benefit of noise reduction.
Plants add texture to a room while at the same time creating a soothing presence. In fact, many varieties of houseplants have been shown to purify the air and reduce the effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields.
Throw pillows are an easy and inexpensive way to add texture and color to a room. Pillows with textured fabric can also be used to help balance the smooth surfaces of leather furniture, which sometimes feels cold.
Baskets add a lot of texture and warmth to a room. They make great storage options and some can even be used for wall decorations.