Add A Twist of Texture To Your Design

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Catherine Whitney is a Wood-Mode designer and studio manager at South End Kitchens in Charlotte, NC. She has 30 years of experience in both renovation and new construction projects within the kitchen and bath industry and has extensive knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the project, including cabinetry, appliances, flooring, lighting, countertops, backsplashes and more. She has designed homes in Connecticut, New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
 
There’s something very soothing about using similar colors with different textures. It’s organized, elegant and makes a powerful statement. It’s interesting but not overwhelming.
 
When working with a tone-on-tone or monochromatic palette, a designer must create visual interest or excitement in unique ways. One popular way is to use different textures of the same basic color group on different materials and elements of the overall design.
Some great examples of different textures that you might consider combining in your kitchen or bath are:
 
Cabinetry: There are so many exciting finishes available on fine custom cabinetry these days. If you are feeling modern or contemporary, you can use a high-gloss lacquer or a mirrored stainless steel door front. This gives a crisp and clean look to any space. If you are feeling a bit more rustic, you can have an open grain, sandblasted oak.
 
Metals such as stainless steel, chrome, nickel, or brass can all have different finishes such as polished, brushed or matte.
 
Paints: Both wall and trim sheens can vary greatly and can really impact a space by using the same color and sheen for both the walls and interior trim. Or, try using the same color, but different sheens. Paint the ceiling a slightly varied shade of the wall color to create a subtle effect that adds visual interest.
Countertops: Whether you are using natural stone, quartz composite, wood, metal or even porcelain, you can select different finishes, which greatly enhance their appearance. Different finishes include high polish, honed (non-reflective), leathered, acid washed, and many variations in between. A chiseled or “live” edge also adds interest.
Backsplashes: In the past, ceramic tile backsplashes were almost always high gloss. Among other trends, honed stone backsplashes are gaining popularity. Although individual tiles are all nearly the same tone or color, each has a unique shape to create a cohesive look. 
 
When making these important design decisions, it’s very helpful to have a designer who will help you create a design board. This will allow you to see all of the finishes and colors that you have selected. While this is only a small representation of your project, it is extremely helpful. 
Ready to add a twist of texture to your design? Start here.