[teks-cher] : Texture defined is the visual (and especially tactile) quality of a surface. While color is important to innovative room design, texture plays an equally important role in creating spaces that are both personal and memorable. Texture’s importance to interior design elevates when rooms and their pieces are composed of neutral and like-toned monochromatic elements. Without texture, these rooms feel sterile and starved for visual depth. Surface qualities, while complex in design theory, can be distilled down to two basic thought processes which are easy to understand.
Smooth and Shiny Textures:
Reflect light and feel cooler
Make objects seem visually lighter
Are more modern and sleek in appearance
Rough and Matte Textures:
Absorb light and feel warm
Gives an object more visual weight
Are more casual and inviting in appearance
It’s easy to add texture and warmth to a space that feels visually empty. A woven throw and accent pillows in velvet (See our Larissa pillows in all the right colors) add welcome and visual dimension to a couch or chair. Embroidered detail and European linen create casually elegant texture in our Echo collection for the bed and windows. Bare wood floors are highly reflective, and given their smooth and uniform finish, often feel visually cold. The floor is a great place to anchor the room in texture. This season we have used bamboo-viscose in dressier rug designs, including our exciting Echo rug. The modern geometric design of this textural piece is punctuated by a high –to –low cut and loop pile of wool and bamboo viscose. The bamboo viscose brings shimmer and shine to the design……and takes the texture to another level!
Designs for Colorful Living. At company C, these are the words that define as a company, and guide everything that we design. Each December, we eagerly await the announcement of the color of the year from the authorities at Pantone…..the world-recognized standard for color consistency in design, and the international proclaimers of annual color trend. From rug and textile design to the clothing you will be seeing at your favorite retailer, Pantone’s color decree shapes the coming seasons. This year was especially exciting as Pantone announced two influencers: Rose Quartz and Serenity. This is the first time that a pair of colors has been named. For 2016 and beyond, pale pink and soft blue will subtly influence everything in the market from shirts to mixers, and of course, home décor.
The people at Pantone live color as much as we do……they debate shades of blue to ensure that anyone can differentiate between navy, indigo, and cobalt hues. But how does Pantone predict the color(s) that will influence design? Here are the high notes:
International fashion runways set the pace. From Paris to Milan and New York, Pantone will study color trends during fashion weeks, and how those hues are translating onto the street and into real life.
Art collections that are travelling with heavy publicity influence the color selection process, as do trends in the auto industry. Pantone looks for color messaging across varied and diverse touch points to find color commonality, and from there establish direction and inspiration.
Color(s) of the year are selected to reflect the collective mood of the times, and as a result these are the colors expected to resonate with customers.
As rose quartz and serenity begin to enter into your product selection process, remember that throughout the season their hues and color values will be adjusted by designers to meet interpreted consumer response. And if you hate soft pink and pale blue? You only have to wait eleven more months to learn what Pantone will fancy for 2017!
Check out some of our new spring products that features these hues…
Outstanding design begins with an inspirational spark, and our new Agra rug is no exception! Of this textural masterpiece Christine Chapin, our Chief Color Officer and lead designer remarks, “A trip to the Taj Mahal in Agra, India inspired our Spring 2016 Collection. We were so enamored by the Mughal emperor’s romantic display of love for his wide that he built this magnificent architectural wonder in her honor.”
And while a statement of love twenty-two years in the making, and a true wonder of the modern world, the Taj’s inherent architectural beauty has never been surpassed. Constructed of white marble, and accented with a scrolled floral design of inlaid precious gems including agate and jasper, The Taj seems to glow in the light of the full moon. Part of a vast complex of outbuildings and gardens, the Taj and its environs were designed around the principle that each piece of the monument would stand on its own while constituting the whole. This is the same philosophy that guides arabesque ornamentation, and the design of our thoroughly modern interpretation, Agra.
We love to mix it up here at Company C, especially when it comes to patterns! We are often asked for advice on mixing and matching motifs, and it is the easiest way to create a custom and personal look. There are no hard and fast rules, but these five tips should help you embrace pattern and forget about solid neutrals for a while…
Select one favorite pattern to be the monarch of the room. Work in two more patterns designed to highlight and accent the dominant motif.
Scale your pattern sizes. Select one large, one medium and one small pattern if you are brave, one medium and one small pattern if you are just getting started with pattern…..you can always accent with a larger pattern later!
Let color provide the continuity. Choose patterns that share a common color to create unity, or that share a less significant color as an accent.
Use a solid element to create harmony. For bed design, a flat sheet or shams in a coordinating solid color can be used to separate and delineate two bold patterns.
Add unrelated pieces to bring it all together. Decorative pillows with artisanal accents and design elements differing from everything in the room will add pop, and a throw will bring textural dimension.
And we know some of you will never give up your solid and perfectly matched sheets. You can still add pattern to your bed with a duvet cover and shams, or a quilt and quilted shams. Both add warmth and design dimension, yet each has its special nuances to consider when picking the perfect piece for you.
A duvet cover is intended to encase a down or poly-filled comforter, and in the true European tradition, serves as the equivalent of a flat sheet as well as the warm bedding layer. While many use a flat sheet in conjunction with a duvet cover, the cover itself is easily removed to be washed with the other sheets. Matching shams are available.
A quilt is also a warm top layer with insulating batting sewn into place between a front and a reverse layer of cotton. Often detailed with intricate stitches, quilts are an easy way to add warmth and interest to a bed.
Creating an inspired master bedroom or a restful haven for guests just requires a little planning. Here at Company C, we of course love to start with art for the floor! And while not all bedrooms require a rug, the following six tips will help you get your master bedroom project started.
Give the bed the prime real estate. The bed is the focal point of the room, and its placement will guide the rest of your design process. Once the bed’s location is determined, consider rugs to help anchor the room….it’s always nice to start a chilly day with a few steps on a warm rug, and our rug planner helps make selecting a bedroom rug(s) easy!
Dress the bed. Layer on sheets and pillows, quilts, matelasse, or a duvet cover for the top of the bed…this is where the fun begins. Apply a heavy coat of your personal style.. …match and balance symmetrically, or mix patterns with abandon and pile on the pillows. Don’t forget tailored bed panels to dress up the bed’s foundation.
Tie your spaces together. If your bedroom has an adjoining bathroom, select a shower curtain that matches or coordinates with an element from the bed such as the duvet cover or quilt. This is an easy way to add color and pattern in the bath and create harmony throughout the entire space.
Think beyond the dresser. As bedrooms become retreats, people are spending more time reading and relaxing in a space once designed primarily for sleeping and dressing. A chair upholstered in fabric to accent bedding (or a rug) provides a spot to rest or reflect, and adds design depth to the room. Add accent pillows or a throw, and you’ll always work from home!
Don’t overlook the windows.Draperies that coordinate with bed-top layers (see our dynamite new Echo collection) extend pattern and texture to the windows and diffuse direct light to ensure your space is serene and calming.
Decorative pillows add a dash of wow and visually pull together colors in a room, and can be easily changed out as the seasons transition. With increased daylight, we all have spring fever…use some lighter, brighter pillows to transform a sofa, bed or chair.
Placing accent pillows requires following a few simple rules…..your own! Tossed together or perfectly balanced and symmetrical, accent pillows make it easy to bring your personal style to life.
We have collected some of our favorite studies in symmetry, and contrasted them with a selection of perfect pairings that coordinate, but don’t matchy-match. No matter your style, pile on the pillows for texture, seasonal interest, visual impact … and a comfortable place to relax.
To see the artisanal detail that makes Company C pillows so unique, click here.
At Company C, we love color. And we love the mix… layers of colors and patterns that come together effortlessly and not too “matchy”. Whatever your style, we have the bedding layers you’ll need to design your own oasis, and a place to retreat as winter takes hold. Here are our top five layering tips, sure to entice you to keep that resolution to get more sleep!
Select sheets that reflect your personal style—percale or sateen. Some prefer cotton percale’s crisp cool feel, while others love cotton sateen for its softer, smoother hand. Either way, we use only 100% GOTS certified organic cotton to create our luxurious solid and printed bedding so you can sleep more soundly.
2. Add warmth and texture with cotton matelasses. These heavily-stitched “blanket” layers are a nice way to add lightweight warmth. Select a matelasse color to accent your sheets or to anchor any other elements you add to your bedding design.
3. Layer on a duvet cover or quilt, or both…for warmth and contrast. Quilts and duvet covers are your bed’s topcoat, and highlight everything underneath. Duvet covers encase a down, cotton or poly-filled comforter. Duvet covers can be used without a top sheet—where the duvet cover is washed with the fitted sheet. Like our European ancestors, this is a great way to stay warm while keeping bed layering simple. A quilt is used with a full set of sheets, where the flat sheet protects the quilt from frequent laundering.
4. Pile on the pillows…watch them bring everything together! We love European squares in the back to anchor the pillows and shams (and to prop yourself up for pre-slumber reading). Pillows create visual interest between your sheets and all your top-of-bed elements. Decorative pillows that contrast with your bedding placed near the front of the cases and shams add dimension. Position them as you like, there are no rules…use concepts of symmetry only if they apply to you. For even more visual interest and warmth, add a complementing throw.
5. Remember to conceal the box spring to keep your bed from being woefully underdressed. Our Waterfall linen chambray bed panels come in six shades that coordinate with all our bedding and are oh-so-easy to attach to box spring. It’s a tailored finish that will compliment your style!
When the weather outside is chilly, create an indoor winter wonderland. It starts with our Sari Stripe Rug which is dramatic yet peaceful at the same time, this unique rug immediately commands attention with its ombre border created by subtle stripes that blend from ivory to an array of grays and black.
Our Murano Pillow adds a nice accent with the exquisite colors and shapes reminiscent of world-famous Murano glass from Venice.
Finish it off with our Park Throw. The delicious textures and delightful colors of the Park Throw make it an inviting accent for any room. Variegated yarn is hand-woven in a popcorn-like stitch, giving this throw its distinctive texture and coloration. It’s finished with a long hand-knotted fringe.