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The Right Combinations of Fabrics, Materials and Lighting

Author: Sarah Wigmore
Published: August 1, 2014

A crucial element of interior design is texture. The right choice of fabrics and materials for furniture, curtains as well as lighting will help add depth and interest to your room. Rich velvets and heavy silks will give your space a sense of grandeur and luxury. Pure cottons and linens will create a minimalist and fresher look. Mix and match the two for a balanced look.

Here we will give you some tips on how to liven up your living space.

Where Do We Start?

A New Dimension

Turn a bland space into a dynamic one by layering your room. The simplest of ideas can look effective. Pile up scatter cushions on your sofa in different tones, a rich blue is a big trend for 2014. Choose cushions in a variety of materials such as faux fur, chenille and satin to add texture and dimension.

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If you like a neutral or monochrome colour scheme there is a danger of your room appearing a little flat. Add textured accessories to the mix to ground your space and add interest. Take a look at the Hammered Metal Pendant - Bell - Matt Nickel which would make an attractive feature positioned over a white marble or black gloss kitchen island. For a more traditional look choose something like the Timba Pendant - Antique Brass with its ribbed glass shade.

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Add Texture Using Colour

Choosing the right colour of fabrics and materials is an art form in itself. If you are phased by bold patterned wallpapers and don’t want to paint a feature wall, use accent colours to create depth instead. Try adding a splash of vibrant colour to your hallway with a glass pendant light such as the Soho Pendant – Red.

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Dare To Be Different

Unusual materials can make quite a statement. A designer sculptured paper shade such as the Aperture 48 Shade allows the light to dazzle and diffuse and will look good in a bedroom with a chunky knit throw and satin cushions on the bed. A textured fitting such as the Disc 16 Pendant in recycled corrugated cardboard will also add dimension to a stylish room.

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Designers are continually coming up with innovative ways to use different materials in the home. A textured concrete base teamed with a textile shade can be seen on the Soprana Solid TL-2 Table Lamp. Lighting schemes are incredibly important when adding texture to your room. A lamp positioned in a darker corner will cast shadows on the wall creating an illusion of depth.

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Beautiful Fabrics

Geometric, floral, bold or neutral the variety of fabrics out there is almost overwhelming. Push the boundaries by trying different colours, textures and finishes in the same space whilst still achieving a cohesive look. Contrast copper with striking fabrics as seen in the Balance Copper Table Lamp. The shade on this lamp is designed to be co-ordinated with Harlequin wallpapers and fabrics.

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For a neutral palette try a taupe silk string fabric shade such as the Tuscan Table Lamp – Taupe. Silk will add a depth and richness to your décor as the fibres reflect light at various angles.

Try adding fabric photo frames and accessories with a rustic finish to the mix to add further interest. A good tip when pulling the look of your room together is to use warmer colours for north-facing rooms which receive very little direct sunlight, and leave the cooler colours for south facing rooms.

There you have it a few tips and ideas to get you started and to get the imagination flowing. Interior design is an art form so go wild, enjoy yourself and create an amazing look for your home.

For more inspiration see our Lighting Ideas section.