When it comes to creating exciting interiors, texture is absolutely key. It’s a surefire way to add warmth, depth and character to your home, and can be varied according to the season. Voiles, linens and raffia are perfect for the summer months, while velvets, faux furs and wools lend themselves more to the cooler months.
“Texture is a central part of our design aesthetic,” says Roselind Wilson, Owner and Creative Director of Roselind Wilson Design. “Creating contrasting textural layers helps to bring a design scheme together. On-trend materials such as leather, bronze and stone can be combined to create a truly individual look with real impact.”
Here, Roselind explains how she introduces texture into her interior design schemes, bringing guaranteed style and personality to her discerning clients’ homes.
Adding layers of contrasting fabrics and finishes is the perfect way to create a sense of luxury with plenty of variety to please the eye. In the guest bedroom of Roselind Wilson Design’s Broad Walk project, the clients wanted a warm and welcoming look which would also be elegant and sophisticated.
“To achieve this, we chose a palette of deep navy and amber with a feature wall of Maya Romanoff’s braided hemp grass wallpaper to provide a textural focus,” explains Roselind. “The box-shaped bronze wall lights by Heathfield provide further textural contrast as does the circular charcoal mirror. Layers of contrasting texture on the bed provide a sense of opulence with cushions in luxurious fabrics by Rubelli and Armani Casa, and faux fur throws by Andrew Martin.”
Layering also takes centre stage in Roselind Wilson Design’s Bromptons master bedroom. “As this was to be the client’s secondary residence, it was important to create a feel of home from home,” says Roselind. “They also wanted to achieve a sense of luxurious yet pared back elegance. Contrasting layers were created in this room with the use of pale blue silk wall coverings, silver faux silk carpets and an aubergine-coloured silk headboard.”
Combined with pale maple bespoke furniture and champagne-coloured picture frames, the result is an elegant sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of Chelsea life.
Interesting metallic finishes can be used to great effect to create texture and visual interest. Aged bronze and copper, in particular, can create a sense of grand opulence.
Roselind Wilson Design’s Eaton Mews North kitchen is a great example of this. “The developer of this mews house wanted to create a real wow factor to ensure strong demand for resale,” explains Roselind. “So for the kitchen we selected a battered copper splash back teamed with chrome taps and appliances. Add to that the concrete effect worktops, textured timber cabinets and bronze detailing and you have a highly desirable space which really stands out from the crowd.”
A variety of metals and materials are also combined in Roselind Wilson Design’s Bromptons master bathroom to create a stunning space with a spa-like mood. With pale marble as the base for this light-filled room, the brass, gold and chrome fittings provide the ultimate contrast to lift this bathroom into a league of its own. The amalgamation of contrasting textures in this luxurious space creates a pleasing, harmonious look.
Sometimes it’s the surprising combinations of materials which can really make an interior stand out. Animal prints with mirrored surfaces, for example, or velvet juxtaposed with leather, can turn an elegant space into a real showstopper.
In Roselind Wilson Design’s Fitzrovia project – the complete refit of a pied-à-terre for an international client – the team combined contrasting materials such as velvet, oak and leather to create a bold and distinctive design.
The bespoke island brings together dark stained timber, an aubergine-coloured composite and high-tech Gaggenau appliances. The teal leather dining chairs provide a vivid splash of colour and the charcoal velvet sofa contrasts beautifully with the suede ottoman to create a stunning, contemporary aesthetic.
“I’m delighted with the result we achieved here because we successfully implemented every detail the client requested and totally exceeded his expectations,” says Roselind. “We combined rich colours and opulent furnishings to create a luxurious yet highly functional home.”
Over at Roselind Wilson Design’s Buckingham Street project, surprising combinations of textures hit the mark once more. The client’s love of travel is apparent in the striking pairing of animal print fabrics with exotic objet in the glamorous sitting room. “The brief was to create a cocoon-like ambience into which the client could retreat from London’s less favourable weather,” explains Roselind. “We achieved this by employing rich textures in the scheme such as velvet, walnut and faux fur.”
IT’S ALL IN THE DETAIL
It’s worth remembering that even the tiniest of details can be an opportunity to inject texture, colour and character into a scheme. Finishing touches really do count, and it’s this kind of attention to detail which epitomises the team’s approach at Roselind Wilson Design.
In the library of their Antrim Grove project, for example, the client was keen to display a much-loved art collection. “Recognising our client’s preference for an industrial look, we designed bespoke leather straps from which their artworks could be suspended,” says Roselind. “The result is a unique feature which is both fun and functional.”
Textural details are also celebrated at Roselind Wilson Design’s Eaton Mews North project where you’ll find doors clad in a leather effect finish from Xylocleaf and satin chrome lever handles from The Brassware Company. “This combination of textures conveys the sense of elegance and sophistication our client was keen to achieve in this high-end contemporary mews development,” says Roselind. “As ever, it’s the textural contrasts which make the real impact here, pleasing the eye at every turn and creating a warm and stylish welcome.”
Photo credit: Richard Waite