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FEB 2019

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Danielle Wrenn, AKBD, of Marsh Kitchen & Bath, in Burlington, NC, agrees. "A monochromatic space can be quite boring, and even sterile," she maintains. "I think it's important to have at least one textural element in a kitchen. If you don't have some change in texture, or at least the illusion of texture, the kitchen can become stagnant. "By adding different textures, you create depth and di- mension," she continues. "You can even portray a feeling of temperature, whether warm or cool. In most cases, the texture also becomes a focal point." Kitchens need to breathe and feel like life is happening in them, notes Wendy Danziger, Danziger Design, in Bethesda, MD. "When they don't include any texture, they tend to be very flat, cold and non-reflective," she says. "They don't have any personali- ty, so incorporating texture adds drama, highlight and interest." Texture is often what draws people into a space, indicates Susan Curtis, owner, Sage Kitchens, in Bozeman, MT. "Texture is inviting," she says. "It warms up the space and makes you want to come in to take a closer look…and to touch and feel everything." Texture also changes how light affects the space, says Brian David Roberts, interior space planner/functional designer, in Seattle, WA. "When you have too many hard surfaces that are flat and pretty much void of texture, then light moves differently," he states. "If you have texture, it gets captured a bit to create shadows. When you create shadows, then you have dimen- sion, so texture makes a space feel more dimensional. Texture also creates a live-in patina that keeps a space from feeling too stark or museum-like." AN ILLUSION OF TEXTURE While there is a lengthy list of materials that are inherently textural and relatively easy to recognize, designers indicate there are also more subtle ways to infer texture that can equal- ly enhance a design. "Most people think of texture as something that is bumpy," says Roberts. "But there are a lot of ways to bring in texture without it being bumpy." Susan Curtis maintains that, if a space is large enough, texture can shine in a number of places without overloading it. In this kitch- en, the stone wall is just the beginning of the textural experience, which is further enhanced by the wood ceiling beams, the rift-cut white oak island and live-edge wood top, the mesh cabinet panels and the honed natural stone backsplash. Brian David Roberts often uses floating shelves as a way to add texture to spaces, such as in this kitchen where he designed shelving in two different materials for two different parts of the room, each set in front of two different backsplash materials. A partial wood is- land top and stainless steel island legs also add texture to the space. Photo: Lynn Donaldson Photography Photos: Virginia Roberts Photography February 2019 • KitchenBathDesign.com 69

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