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"Using these products is a little different than designing with the real thing and real textures," she continues. "But in the kitchen, the practicality and use of space usually trumps the use of an effect associated with products that have a great deal of texture or dimension." PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE Roberts often looks to natural products such as wood and stone as a way to incorporate texture, although he likes to in- clude acrylic, frequently adding custom texture, when projects warrant. Oftentimes he'll also utilize different finishes, such as stainless steel feet or legs for islands, or create floating shelves, crafted in anything from stone and wood to stainless or black- ened steel and even leather, in place of upper cabinets. "Shelves are great to use in a coffee station," he says. "People can put their mugs on the shelves…all in a line, which creates texture." In one recent kitchen project, Roberts used floating shelves in two different materials for two different parts of the room, each set in front of two different backsplash materials. Dark wood shelves in the main area contrast against light tile set in a herringbone pattern, "which, although slight, is very dramat- ic," he says. Stainless steel shelves in the breakfast nook float in front of mosaic tile. "Using a different material in the breakfast nook is a way to make that space its own," he says. "If all the shelves were the same, the room would be 'blah.' You'd have no reason to enjoy being there." For example, he cites color, sheen and lighting as possi- bilities. "If a kitchen ceiling has a glossy paint, that creates texture, because it offers glitz and glimmer that makes the space feel alive," he says. Curtis agrees, noting that, in addition to color, pattern can also imply texture. "Both would play a part in modern kitch- ens," she notes. Danziger adds that texture can be suggested via highly veined materials such as quartz or granite. Even stainless steel offers brush marks and some decorative glass contains flecks and specks that aren't necessarily sensed via touch. "There is also porcelain that looks like slate, which is usually clefted with highs and lows that make it hard to clean and hard to stand on," she says. "But the porcelain is smooth so it can be more practical. There are definitely ways to portray texture without feeling it." Wrenn also draws attention to tile, as well as cabinet materials. "There are some great new choices with tile that replicate natural stone, wood and even woven fabrics so there is an illu- sion of texture," she states. "There are also cabinets available in high-pressure laminate that have a slight raised pattern to imitate rough-sawn woods, without the disadvantage of splinters and challenges in cleaning, which is an important consideration because surfaces with a great deal of texture can become grease and dirt traps. Leathered and honed finishes for countertops also don't compromise the ability to clean the surface. Brian David Roberts combined visually implied texture with tactile texture in this kitchen represented, respectively, by a vibrant back-painted glass backsplash and moveable textured acrylic tabletop. Texture is also implied via an open shelf used to store and display wine glasses as well as by a blackened steel ceiling accent over the tabletop. Photos: Virginia Roberts Photography 70 Kitchen & Bath Design News • February 2019 DESIGN IDEAS

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