Layering Texture: A Design Primer

Texture refers to the tactile or visual character of an object or surface. In reference to texture, we use adjectives like soft, hard, smooth, rough, sleek, scratchy… And because the brain is a mega-library of catalogued information and past experiences, even just the visual perception of texture can clue us in about:

a) How the surface will physically feel, even before we touch it

b) Our emotional response to a surface and how we might feel and interact within a space

Some universal truths about the way we interpret texture are as follows: smooth surfaces immediately seem cold (even though we’ve all heard of radiant floor heating, right?), and sleek, shiny, reflective surfaces tend to appear in modern or formal settings more often than not. In comparison, rough surfaces seem warm and approachable, and natural materials are favored in traditional or casual settings.

But what about the home-owners who like a little shine, a little sleek, a little gloss? Does that mean they have to forego “warm and inviting” altogether? My lands, no! The fast track to beautiful, balanced design is simply awareness of texture and choosing to layer, layer, layer! Mix it up! Beautiful things can happen with a little juxtaposition.

And we know you’re loyal to that shiny silk fabric, but what if you paired it with a rougher fabric in the same color? And don’t be afraid to pull in pattern. Pattern heavily contributes to the perception of texture, so that even in a monochromatic room, you can keep things interesting. Here are some fabric groupings pulled from the showroom, revealing that layering textures creates dynamic design.

So layer up, and bring your ideas to the surface!



Countertop Primer: Natural Stone

People often come in curious about different materials being used on countertops these days. Sometimes, I don’t think the answer is as quick and easy as expected! The world of Interior Design, continually gets more creative and adds products and styles daily. Exciting? Yes! Overwhelming? It can be, but that is where the Eheart Design Team comes into play!


– Granite is the most common natural stone in which people are familiar. Being the least porous and seeming to have over 100 different varieties, this natural stone is a great place to start to see if it works with your style.

– Soapstones style versatility allows your imagination to go almost anywhere! Contemporary, yes. Colorado, definitely. Traditional, absolutely! And anything else in between. Soapstone definitely offers a uniqueness that is hard to find.

– Marble makes my heart sing. While it seems to be a classic traditional element it can easily be used in a timeless modern home. Its characteristic to stay cold make marble every bakers dream kitchen countertop! Many people being a little more cautious of marbles characteristics you often find marble being used a littler traffic areas, such as the bathroom.

– Limestone and Travertine are great countertops primarily for bathrooms. Being on the softer side of all natural stones, it is definitely more temperamental than granite. You can’t beat the look with just an all around soft, calmness. Try it out in that powder bathroom you have been wanting to spruce up!

Join me Thursday as I continue priming you on the world of countertop materials!

Design Primers: Engineered Hardwood

Our resident hardwood expert extraordinaire, Lee, offers these words of wisdom regarding selecting engineered hardwood.

Did you know that there is a big difference between engineered hardwood floors? First off there is rotary peeled engineered flooring. This type of flooring is peeled off of the log with a long blade, resulting in a very thin ply. These ply’s are then glued together and milled into flooring. Because of this process the top ply is susceptible to face checking. What is face checking? Face checking is cracks in the top ply from a lack of moisture or humidity, since Colorado is a very arid state it’s very easy for this to happen, if the humidity in the home is not kept very high. So unless you can keep your humidity level between 35 to 50% I would shy away from a rotary peeled products. The second type of engineered flooring is a sawn face product. This product is milled or sawn instead of peeled. Sawn face products have a thicker top ply which will hold up better in our climate. This type of flooring is manufactured the same way as the peeled product except for the top ply. These products are very versatile, they can be installed below, on or above grade. They are also normally thinner than solid wood products, so if you have you have a height issue these products will be the ones you’re looking for. Be sure to ask your flooring expert these questions before deciding on your wood floor. It could be the difference between a floor that will last for years and years or one that will leave you very disappointed.

Design Primers: 101s for Everyone

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If, like many of our clients, you long to know the ins and outs of design but feel like it is an absolute puzzle you’ll never understand, I hope you’ll read along with us this month.

There’s much to learn this month at Weheart, Eheart Interior Solutions blog:

  • How to Get the Most Look for Your Buck
  • Hardwood Primers
  • How to Float Furniture

    Countertop Primer
  • Kitchen and Dining Lighting

    The Style Continuem (and how to know what you like)

    Layering Textures

So, join us this month as make going back to school a bit more, well, creative!