Making the Most of Materials in Your Dream Home
When planning a home makeover, it is important to select the right fixtures, fittings and furnishings for the dimensions, functions, and aesthetics of a room. While we often focus on shape, style and colour, choosing materials is equally important for both practicality and design.
Whether it is the mahogany wood grain of a kitchen counter or the plush velvet of a bedroom headboard, materials can create diverse effects in different spaces. Recognising the most suitable for your home can take time, so have a look online for ideas and think about your tastes and needs.
Finding a Balance of Materials
House Beautiful’s website offers some helpful suggestions for ways in which materials can be incorporated in a room to achieve a “richer, more timeless space”. Here are three ideas we love that can be applied to any interior whether you have contemporary or classical tastes.
Firstly, consider textures. A kitchen island topped with dark marble will look even more striking when paired with a series of stools upholstered in a dusky shade of leather or suede.
Secondly, using materials is also an opportunity to bring the outside indoors. Take advantage of exquisite natural patterns and colours, from wooden furniture and granite work surfaces to ceramic tiles and linen lampshades. Compliment and contrast a variety to create rustic charm.
Thirdly, think about lighting. Materials may look different under a spotlight compared to beside a window for example, so consider when you will use the room most and how it will be lit.
Beauty Meets Practicality
Of course, perhaps the most important consideration when it comes to materials in your home is how they perform. Using high quality, ethically sourced and natural materials will not only create a spectacular space, but they are also more likely to survive the test of time.
Many materials will actually improve in appearance through use, which is why it is always worth speaking to an interior design professional to discuss suitability.
At House of Harrogate, we have extensive experience using materials to create stylish spaces with functionality and impact. This modern kitchen that we designed and fitted in Spofforth, for example, is a stunning blend of different textures, shades and styles.
From the soft hue of the granite effect cabinets and oversized floor tiles to the sharply contrasting black metal suspended frame of spotlights and panelled doorframe, this kitchen includes a range of materials that look chic and modern while also being functional.
Advice from the Experts
Understanding how different materials perform in a space and work with each other is important to achieve the right finish. Our team can talk through your ideas and help you to find the ideal materials – whether that be a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, or another space.